Hardwood deck questions
We built our own home with the help of GW experts in 2010. Now it's time to add the deck. Budget is tight, but we love the idea of hardwoods. We found some great prices at Advantage and have some questions before moving forward.
1. Advantage has garapa in 6' lengths for a great price. This pricing makes the difference In us being able to use hardwoods over PT lumber. We're planning for our joists to be 12" OC. Other than more seams, is there any reason to be concerned about using 6' lengths?
2. The best price we have found so far is a Cumaru rail. Is this an acceptable option? Garapa floor and Cumaru rail? Again, if it's not horribly tacky to mix the two, this pricing combination makes hardwood an option to us. We plan to use black alum ballasters. Will the colors work ok together? We would like to seal to keep natural colors rather than go grey.
3. I have read that we need to wax seal the cut ends of the garapa and Cumaru prior to install. Is this true, and what product do we use? I can't find much talk here on this topic.
I'm sure I will have more questions, but thanks in advance for reading so far!