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Have you decided to make a wooden terrace in your garden but are still hesitating about the choice of wood? Don't panic, here is some information that should light your lantern…
Pine wood: for a low cost
Generally originating in Europe when it is marketed, pine wood has the first advantage of being rather local. Its carbon footprint is therefore not too high. When it comes from Europe, the pine is autoclaved to protect it from the weather. However, its lifespan is not as long as exotic wood, for example. Finally, the price is one of the lowest (between 15 and 45 euros per square meter).
Teak wood: for a long service life
Teak wood is renowned for its rot-proof character and its beauty. This makes it a suitable wood for a terrace. However, two major drawbacks exist. The first: its intensive exploitation in Southeast Asia has ravaged entire forests. Teak must imperatively be chosen labeled FSC or Smartwood because it comes from sustainably managed forests. After this first drawback (and without counting the long distance that teak has to travel), teak turns out to be a fairly expensive wood, because of its many advantages for outdoor furniture or a terrace, at least 100 euros per square meter .
Robinia wood: for an ecological terrace
Still little known, the locust is a wood with multiple advantages. Originally generally from France, this wood has the first advantage of not traveling thousands of kilometers before landing in our gardens. Second advantage: the locust is not chemically treated because it does not need it. Which makes it much more ecological! On the durability side, count 25 to 40 years when it is in contact with the ground and up to 80 years if this is not the case. Finally on the price side, we oscillate between 30 and 50 euros per square meter.
Bangkirai for a wood that darkens over time
Light wood that turns reddish brown over time, the bangkirai is native to Southeast Asia. Lapped in tropical climates, it resists water well, so it is ideal for use in the garden. Finally it is very appreciated for its robustness and durability.
Ipe wood to personalize your terrace
Native to South America, ipe wood like other exotic woods displays qualities of robustness and rot-proofness that make it ideal for a terrace. Available in many shades such as tobacco red, black red and olive brown, ipe wood allows for different atmospheres. Finally for the price, count from 40 to 100 euros per square meter.