How to lay a wooden terrace? If you are asking yourself this question, then this article is for you! In this publication, we will try to briefly present the basic steps for laying a wooden deck, as well as information on the aesthetic and practical qualities of certain types of wood. All our ideas and advice are illustrated by an exterior gallery with contemporary design wooden cladding.
How to lay a wooden deck ?
We all look forward to spring and the beautiful sunny days. We will soon see them arriving and it is then time to think about its landscaping, its garden and its terrace. Small or large, any outdoor space deserves to be carefully cared for so that it can be enjoyed at any time, with family or friends. In this article, we will look at the advantages of wood as a material for cladding outdoor spaces and we will give you some valuable tips on how to maintain it well throughout the year..
Design terrace with wooden floor on the second level of a contemporary house
Have you chosen wood to dress your house terrace or roof terrace? What a wonderful idea! Wood is arguably the most modern and popular material in interior design as well as in exterior design. The terrace is usually a green, open space that requires very little to be well laid out and nicely decorated. Choosing a wood cladding for this outdoor space guarantees a more natural atmosphere and a contemporary look..
Contemporary terrace in town in wood and stone with small pool
Covering your wooden terrace floor has several advantages: it is easy to install, easy to maintain, easy to integrate into all design styles thanks to its natural aesthetic. Some prefer the clean charm of natural wood, while others prefer the practicality of composite wood. Which of the two to choose depends on your desires, your means and the time you want to devote to maintaining it. There are several types of wood: white cedar, red cedar, white oak, mahogany, teak, pine and many more. All essences have different aesthetic and practical properties, some are lighter in color, while others are darker. White cedar and white oak are very stiff, for example. If your outdoor space is very exposed to the sun and rain, we choose a hard, resistant and, preferably, class four * species..
Covered terrace with wooden flooring
The look of your wooden deck also depends on the various surface treatments allowing to obtain varied and interesting visual results..
City terrace with flooring and decorative wooden wall
Wood-clad roof terrace with fireplace and magnificent city views
Wood is easier to integrate into a specific terrain than concrete, for example. This first is more flexible. The thicker the blade, the more fragile it will be. This also applies to its width. The thinner and wider the blade, the more likely it is to warp. If you have a terrace that is regularly exposed to the elements, our advice is to choose thicker wood planks so that they are more resistant to climatic conditions. With appropriate maintenance, this choice is a long-term investment.
Roof terrace in town with wood cladding, furniture and pergola
No matter what kind of wood you choose for your patio or pool surround, regular maintenance is necessary to maintain its natural appearance. Remember that wood is a natural material that breathes and humidity influences it a lot. It can easily rot without proper care. If you do not want your floor covering to turn gray at some point, it is advisable to add a stain once a year.
A beautiful roof terrace of a café in Paris
Exotic woods are generally the most expensive species on the market. Teak and pine can reach between 80 and 100 euros for a square meter, for example. Much of the garden furniture is made of teak or mahogany. These two species of exotic wood are also suitable for flooring. They are on the other hand quite expensive. According to professionals, red cedar remains the best solution for patio flooring thanks to its quality and quite affordable price..
Terrace clad in eastern red cedar, Joe Wood design
Wood outdoors is usually exposed to two factors that can damage it: sunlight and humidity. The sun’s rays have an impact above all on the aesthetics of the wood, while the humidity can sometimes be fatal and even destroy the wood inside. What can you do to prevent water from damaging your wood flooring? It is during the installation that it is necessary to be particularly careful not to install the boards too close to each other and to install them in such a way as to create a slope which will be responsible for preventing water from entering the interior of the drink.
Small terrace in town with wood cladding with aged effect
To prevent your wood flooring from starting to mold or rot, the advice is to find protective finishes that have been treated with linseed oil. They are inexpensive, easy to install and they retain wood moisture. The same rule applies to wooden garden furniture.
Roof terrace in villa with wooden cladding and designer furniture
Fancy a terrace dressed in composite wood? Composite wood is less natural in appearance than natural wood, but it is also very durable. Made from recycled plastic resin and wood fiber, it requires even less maintenance and the sun does not change its color very much. It is, moreover, less slippery. Its price is sometimes higher than that of natural wood, but it is still quite affordable. The cheapest option is undoubtedly natural wood because there are certain species of softwood sold at 15 euros per square meter..
Wood is also invited to the terrace in the form of pergola and wall cladding
Before making your choice, carefully study the market, the prices, the properties of the different wood species and, above all, your land. It is essential to choose your wooden patio flooring according to the terrain of your garden and the climate. It will be a shame to invest in an exotic and aesthetic wood species that is quite expensive, but poorly suited to your surface. There are several online sources ** that can guide and help you with your choice of exterior siding..
Modern outdoor space with composite wood cladding and outdoor kitchen
Which type of wood to choose also depends on the style you want to recreate in your garden and on your patio. For a clean, Nordic-inspired style, choose white oak or pine and install wooden furniture. For a contemporary terrace exterior, you choose to dress your terrace in composite wood and furnish it with furniture in woven resin, for example.
Beautiful roof terrace in town with flooring and gray wooden furniture
With what material to combine wood? In a previous article, we were interested in the subject of the combination of wood with the authentic charm of stone. If you want to know more about this subject and how to integrate these two natural materials in your garden or terrace space, we invite you to consult our publication on this subject..
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