Malcolm Kay

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  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Malcolm Kay › How to Makeover and Enhance a Rooftop Deck
  •   One of the best options may be to cover the area with interlocking wood deck tiles. These tiles are generally manufactured using the same high durability lumber species as traditional decks but have wood slats screwed to an integral plastic base with inbuilt connecting tabs. The weight of the tiles and the gaps between the wood slats ensure the tile are generally unaffected by strong winds (except in areas prone to tornados or hurricanes). The tiles are typically available in 12
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Malcolm Kay › How to Makeover and Enhance a Rooftop Deck
  •   The most important thing that then needs to be decided is what to install on the surface. If there抯 a waterproof membrane, then your choices are rather limited as it抯 obviously not possible to lay conventional porcelain tiles.

    You could however lay interlocking plastic or rubber tiles although they would need to be of sufficient weight and securely joined so as not to blow away in strong winds.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Malcolm Kay › How to Choose the Right Wood to use for Your Deck - Main Factors to Consider
  •   About the author:

    Malcolm Kay is the CEO of Intex Pacific Pty. Ltd. an international supplier of landscape materials including modular decking tiles. For more information see http://www.deckingtiles.com.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Malcolm Kay › How to Choose the Right Wood to use for Your Deck - Main Factors to Consider
  •   The above presents just an overview of the main factors you should consider when choosing a lumber species for your deck. Each of the above factors can be looked at in more detail but this should enable you to make a more considered decision on the type of lumber you would like to use for your particular decking project.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Malcolm Kay › How to Choose the Right Wood to use for Your Deck - Main Factors to Consider
  •   Cost

    In general, softwoods will be lower in cost than hardwoods, reflecting the shorter time to maturity of the trees, extensive plantation grown forests with easy access for harvesting and lower processing costs. Some plantation grown hardwoods can approach the cost base of hardwoods but the lower recovery rate of most hardwoods still tends to keep the price above that of most softwoods.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Malcolm Kay › How to Choose the Right Wood to use for Your Deck - Main Factors to Consider
  •   Ease of working with tools

    Some hardwood species are exceptionally hard and thus require carbide tipped saws to speed construction. Also when nailing boards, some species can be nailed directly whilst other species will tend to split if not predrilled. Even with softwoods such as cypress, pre-drilling may be necessary.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Malcolm Kay › How to Choose the Right Wood to use for Your Deck - Main Factors to Consider
  •   Wearability

    In this rather subjective term, we are looking at what happens to the surface of the wood as it ages, how it weathers as the deck becomes older. Generally this is not such an important factor unless you like to walk on your decking with bare feet. With some species, the grain tends to lift as the wood ages, causing small splinters to appear. With other species however the surface can remain virtually smooth for years.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Malcolm Kay › How to Choose the Right Wood to use for Your Deck - Main Factors to Consider
  •   Environmental

    The destruction of the great forests of the world, not only in the Amazon basis and South East Asia but also in major Western nations, should be a major concern to everyone. Several organizations, the best known of which is probably the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), have established standards and operating procedures which forestry owners must adhere to in order that their products may carry that organization抯 official certification. This provides some assurance that the wood and wood products have been harvested in accordance with sustainable forestry practises and sound forest management procedures and that any finished products have been manufactured and supplied under non exploitative labor practices. Many governments have established their own standards outside of the FSC but consideration needs to be given whether such standards and operating procedures may in fact be catering to vested interests and that some reliable and certifiable mechanism actually exists to ensure procedures and practices are indeed followed as required.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Malcolm Kay › How to Choose the Right Wood to use for Your Deck - Main Factors to Consider
  •   Colour of the wood

    There is a huge color variation within wood species, from pale yellow, through brown抯 to reds and red orange, even purple. And some species may be very consistent in colour whilst others can vary considerably from board to board or even along the length of a single board. Some species have flecks of a paler color interspersed along the grain. However unless a strict maintenance regime involving regular oiling of the wood decking is maintained, all wood species exposed to the sunlight will eventually fade over time to a soft silver grey- the speed at which this occurs will depending on the species, the prevailing weather conditions, the degree of exposure of the deck to the sun, the intensity of the sun and the frequency of application of the protective oil.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Malcolm Kay › How to Choose the Right Wood to use for Your Deck - Main Factors to Consider
  •   Durability

    Durability refers to a combination of properties which includes resistance of the timber to decay, termite and borer attack and also to splitting and checking when used under exposed conditions. As wood is a natural product, it抯 not really possible to assign a precise or absolute value to the durability of an individual species. And the actual life which can be expected of a deck in service will be dependent on many factors including degree of exposure of the deck to the elements, prevailing weather conditions, the air circulation around the decking etc. Various charts and tables are available which list the relative durability of wood species based on their actual in service so can be used to provide a useful broad comparison between species. Note should also be taken of termite resistance if this is important in your region as this will vary greatly between species.
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