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Home Improvement

Six Best Woods To Build Your Patio Out Of

If you’re thinking of building your own patio (or hiring a professional to do it), you may be wondering what type of materials to use. Wood is durable, sustainable, and stands up to the elements. Although we may only use our patios during the summer months, wood stays intact during the winter so it doesn’t need to be replaced after every season. There are many woods available for patio building, but there are six in particular that are best suited for this type of construction.

Best Woods To Build Patio

  1. Mahogany
  2. This is a tropical hardwood that ages incredibly well. Mahogany is resistant to rot and pests that like to make a meal out of patio wood. As it ages, mahogany takes on a silvery hue but still preserves its natural beauty. It is both durable and easy to maintain.

  3. Redwood
  4. This wood is soft and turns grey as it ages. Redwood is rot-resistant but needs to be sealed at least once a year to avoid blackening. However, that does not mean that redwood won’t last. It is a very dependable wood that ages well.

  5. Cedar
  6. Cedar is a very common material used in the construction of patios. It ages well and stands up to moisture, heat, rain, sun, and cold. Cedar requires little maintenance and can last as long as your home does.

  7. Ipé
  8. This bug and rot resistant wood is gaining popularity because of it’s beauty and heavy weight. Ipé is so dense that it is as difficult to burn as concrete. The only issue with this type of wood is that is considered “designer wood” and can be quite pricy.

  9. Acacia
  10. Acacia trees grow everywhere, so much so, that they are considered an invasive species. This wood is easy to find and ages nicely. Acacia stands up to the elements, especially water, and when treated, will rarely discolour and preserve its golden brown hue.

  11. Cypress
  12. This type of wood is stable, barely shrinks or swells, and doesn’t require a tonne of maintenance. Cedar doesn’t rot easily and holds its own against insects. As it ages, cedar turns a silver grey, but like Ipé, is a little pricier than the other wood options.

The wood you choose should be cultivated responsibly. If you are purchasing it yourself, ask the clerk at the lumber yard where the wood comes from and how it was harvested from the tree. Most woods bear proper certification that show that they were not taken from protected areas like national parks or rainforests.

For more information about patio wood, or to have Infinity Gardens build one for you, contact us. We’ll do all the work so you can enjoy a gorgeous wooden patio that lasts a long time.

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Home Improvement

Five Ways To Increase Your Resale Value

If you’re planning on selling your home, there are certain things you can do to increase its resale value. Even if you’re simply looking to do some renovations, it’s never a bad idea to add a few special touches to your property. When most people think of resale value home tweaks, they often concentrate on the inside of the house; however, it is the backyard that can give your property a good financial boost.

Increase Resale Value

If you’re not sure where to begin, try one of these five property value increases:

  1. Fences
  2. Adding fencing along your property provides security and creates boundaries. Fences make your house more secure and have the added bonus of keeping out pesky animals that will eat and dig up your grass and garden. Fencing, unless it is chainlink, adds value to your home, but remember that you will need to check with your city’s bylaws to see what height is acceptable.

  3. Retaining Walls
  4. These special walls add colour and texture to your backyard. They can double as walkways and offer stability to a deck or patio. Retaining walls also offer an option to get rid of useless backyard space and limit erosion caused by water runoff.

  5. Patios and Decks
  6. Decks and patios create an extra room, except instead of being inside, this room is outside of the house. Patios and decks add space to barbecue, and provide a place to entertain and hang out. With wood and stones, you can add a long-lasting deck or patio to your property that can increase its value by up to 80%.

  7. Proper Irrigation
  8. When it comes to backyards, many people ignore irrigation. There’s only so much that rain can do to keep your lawn and garden hydrated. Installing a proper irrigation system adds value to your home and keeps your lawn and gardens looking fresh, so when your property is shown to potential buyers, they’ll be impressed by your gorgeous, lush lawn.

  9. Landscaping
  10. Total yard makeovers are a great value add for any property. Landscaping can even increase the total square footage of your home and make a smaller property appear bigger.

    Although it may be tempting, do not add a pool. They are not cost-effective and actually decrease your property’s value. Unless you live in a climate that allows for year-round swimming – which our Canadian weather does not – adding a pool doesn’t make sense.

When it comes to construction and home renovations, it’s always best to use the services of a professional. For more information and resale value ideas, contact us. Let Infinity Gardens provide your home with the right add-ons to start a bidding war over your property.

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