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Wooden terrace: what you need to know

Wooden terrace: what you need to know

For the layout of your outdoor spaces, the floor covering should not be neglected because it is the latter which will materialize your terrace and which will give it a decorative style. Among the essential coatings of the terrace, wood figures prominently because its natural appearance is very attractive. Also, we suggest that you take stock of the wooden terraces to help you in your choice of terraces.

For the terrace, the different woods and their classes

The wooden terraces offer you many possibilities in terms of species and finishes. Indeed, you will be able to choose different woods and use them either natural or saturated in order to change their basic color. You should know that the most economical species of wood are pine or spruce. The latter also have the advantage of having an autoclave treatment which makes them rot-proof and acts against insects and rotting in order to prolong their durability and limit their maintenance.
You will have to choose the class of autoclave treatment according to the use of your wood. It should therefore be known that class 2 is suitable for wood protected from the weather, class 3 for wood in temperate regions which is not in direct contact with the ground and class 4 is intended for wood in contact with the soil and bad weather.
To finish with the essences, you have the power of an exotic wood which is in principle naturally rot-proof as is the case with bankiraï, ipé or almendrillo. They are thus very resistant and require minimal maintenance but are less ecological.

The composite wood terrace

For a wood effect without the disadvantages of the latter, you also have the option of opting for composite wood. You should know that composite wood is a material made from wood particles bound by a resin. The rendering, very close to wood, does not however include a vein or knot. Thanks to its resin, composite wood does not deteriorate over time and does not require the maintenance of wood: you will not need to clean thoroughly to remove mosses and lichens and you will not have to feed composite wood so that it does not lose its color. On the price side, composite wood starts at 45 euros per square meter, the price of an exotic species.

The installation of a wooden terrace

Note that as with wood, you will find this material to lay in strips or slabs. Thus, the installation of your wooden terrace will mainly depend on this choice.
For example, if you want to lay boards on a hard floor, you will need to lay joists beforehand to create a structure on which to lay the boards. If you choose slabs, you can put them directly on the concrete slab or on studs that will ensure better water flow.
Know that on natural soil, you will have to create foundations with concrete blocks that you will fix with mortar. Then, we put the joists on the concrete blocks and we aim for the boards. Then you just have to enjoy your garden lounge chair!