Replacing deck boards - cedar or pressure treated?

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Old 07-12-16, 07:18 AM
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Replacing deck boards - cedar or pressure treated?

Have to make some major repairs to old deck. The deck is built just above ground level. It is a flat, platform like deck. It is in a very shaded area. slow to dry out at times. Better to use pressure treated deck boards or cedar. Appreciate any comments.

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Old 07-12-16, 09:04 AM
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Pressure treated is cheaper and might repel moisture better although with any wood decking that is part of the job of whatever stain you use. How close to the ground is the deck?
 
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distance to ground from deckboad

4 to 6 inches is closest; 10 to 12 inches at highest.
 
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Old 07-12-16, 03:38 PM
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With that low a deck any material even composite is likely to have issues, there's just not enough air flow to dry out.
May be the reason it needs so many repairs.
Why not a patio instead?
 
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Old 07-12-16, 04:47 PM
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Pressure treated IMO. The big Orange Store has ceder tone PT lumber that appears to handle the weather pretty well. On my 3 summer on a bench I made and the color is still pretty good.
 
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