Soon to start Tigerwood deck. Couple questions
We should start deck construction next week, providing the permits come through. We are in central Iowa. We are going with Tigerwood decking with cedar accents. The railing system will be cedar along with stair backs & other trim pieces. This was for visual variety & money savings. The framework will be traditional PTL. It is being built by a contractor & we are face screwing them in.
What is the consensus on treating the cut edges? I've seen lots on waxing them.
I was planning on only finishing the top. Is this correct, I want the bottom to receive plenty of ventilation & no one will see the bottom. It's about 4 feet above ground.
It's looking like TWP is a highly recommended product for treatment. What is TWP? Do any major chains carry it? I see recommendations for several coats. How many how often?
Do I just use the same TWP on the cedar? Will it last longer as cedar is more pourus?
When dealing with my completely untreated wood do I still clean & sand it or is that only after prolonged outdoor exposure?
Thanks! I'm so excited. Our indoor floors are Tigerwood so we think this will be a great continuation & very unique around here.