how to buy decking boards lumber — the family handyman
pressure-treated lumber can support more weight and span longer distances than cedar redwood or other woods commonly used for building decks. it's also much less compare deck boards to find the type that best fits your site and budget. photo: courtesy of the family handyman. there are three main categories of deck boards each with its own advantages and disadvantages. natural woods: the rich natural color of redwood and cedar looks fantastic when the deck is new.