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SOLID HARDWOOD DECKING
THE BEST CHOICE ENVIRONMENTALLY AND ECONOMICALLY

A recent ISO certified study* pointed to solid wood over wood-plastic composite as the better environmental choice in every factor studied. WPCs have substantially higher environmental impacts in comparision to a naturally curable solid wood product.

 

L.L Johnson Lumber Mfg Company and Johnson's Workbench offer outdoor solid wood solutions from domestically sourced Western Red Cedar, Redwood, and thermally modified Yellow Pine from EcoVantage, to imported exotics such as Ipe' and Cumaru.

You'll find our pricing very competitive with WPC and environmentally friendly.

DECK LUMBER PRICES
PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. PRICES UPDATED 4/8/14

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DECK MATERIAL
COMPARISON ARTICLE

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OUTDOOR DECKING   Qty in Lineal Feet    
CUMARU 1-500 LF 500-1000 LF
1x6 3/4x5 ½   2.38   2.02
5/4x6 1x5 ½   4.37   3.71
GARAPA 1-500 LF 500-1000 LF
5/4x6 1x5 ½   3.83   3.25
2x2 1 ½ x1 ½   1.73   1.47
2x6 1 ½ x 5 ½   6.27   5.32
IPE'   1-500 LF 500-1000 LF
1x4 E4E 3/4x3 ½   2.81   2.38
1x4 T&G 3/4x3   3.47   2.94
1x6 3/4x5 ½   4.59   3.89
1x8 3/4x7 ¼   7.62   6.47
1x10 3/4x9 ¼   9.60   8.15
5/4x4 1x3 ½   3.09   2.62
5/4x6 1x5 ½   5.86   4.97
5/4x6 Ebty Pregrooved   6.11   5.18
5/4x8 1x7 ¼   9.88   8.39
5/4x12 1x11 ¼   16.29   13.82
2x2 1 ½ x1 ½   1.65   1.40
2x4 1 ½ x 3 ½   6.48   5.50
2x6 1 ½ x 5 ½   9.65   8.19
2x8 1 ½ x 7 ¼   15.18   12.88
2x10 1 ½ x 9 ¼   19.80   16.80
2x12 1 ½ x 11 ¼   22.94   19.46
4x4 3 ½ x 3 ½   15.99   13.57
Railcap 1 1/4x5 ¼   11.95   10.14
Subrail 1x3 ½   4.32   3.67
MASSARANDUBA 1-500 LF 500-1000 LF
1x4 E4E 3/4x3 ½   2.03   1.72
1x6 3/4x5 ½   3.51   2.98
5/4x4 1x3 ½   2.90   2.46
5/4x6 1x5 ½   4.59   3.89
ECOVANTAGE Thermally Modified Wood
PERFIKDEK     Qty in Lineal Feet  
Deck Boards, #1+Btr Yellow Pine   1-499 500+
1-1/4" x 5" x 8',10',12',14',16' Standard Brd         2.33       2.19
1-1/4" x 5" x 8',10',12',14',16' Grooved         2.79       2.63
1-1/4" x 6-3/4" x 8',10',12',14',16' Med Brd         3.50       3.30
1-1/4" x 8-1/2" x 8',10',12',14',16' Lrg Brd         4.44       4.19
Rail Boards & Posts        
1-1/4" x 3" x 8',10',12',14',16' Rail Brd         1.99       1.88
3" x 3" x 42",48",8',10' Rail Post         3.21       3.03
Pickets          
1-1/4" x 1-1/4 x 28",32",36",42",48" Std            0.91          0.86
1-1/4" x 1-1/2" x 28",32",36",42",48" Grvd            1.05          0.99
1-1/4" x 3-1/4 x 28",32",36",42",48" Dbl Grv            2.10          1.98
STAYTRU Select Framing     Qty in Lineal Feet  
        1-499 500+
2 x 6 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" x 8',10',12',14',16'         2.43       2.29
2 x 8 1-1/2" x 7-1/4" x 8',10',12',14',16'         3.20       3.02
2 x 10 1-1/2" x 9-1/4" x 8',10',12',14',16'         4.06       3.84
2 x 12 1-1/2" x11-1/4" x 8',10',12',14',16'         4.84       4.57
4 x 4 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 8', 10'           3.11       2.94
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Everywhere you look you will see new, enhanced decking and railing products. From pressure treated wood, which is still the lowest cost, stepping up next to thermally modified wood, then to redwood and western red cedar. Then you’ll find composites with plastic and organic fiber, and exotic wood species such as IPE and Cumaru. With multiple choices of chemically treated wood entering the low initial cost market and hundreds of new choices in the composites upper middle market, it is difficult to choose which way to go.

 

Recently, we researched all the choices and have found natural wood to still be the best choice today -- environmentally and economically. For example, we market thermally modified southern yellow pine with an in-ground 30-year guarantee which competes incredibly well against chemically treated solutions, imported wood decking solutions, and high end furniture-type decking solutions. Regardless of your budget and appearance choices, we can assist you with the best outdoor wood solutions for you or your customer.

DECK MATERIAL COMPARISON CHART
THE BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE

Wood & Plastic composites have environmentally higher impact in comparison to a naturally durable solid wood product. WPC products, on the other hand, have many of the same limitations as wood in exterior uses, a reality that requires a dose of caution for anyone considering their use. Moreover, a robust life
cycle assessment indicates that WPCs have substantially higher environmental impacts in comparison to a naturally durable solid wood product such as western red cedar. While WPCs may be made completely, or nearly so, from recycled content, the overall environmental impact of WPC products is nonetheless large as compared to impacts linked to traditional solid-wood decking products.

 

In the most recent assessment of U.S. forest land (USDA-Forest Service, RPA Assessment 2010) net growth was estimated to exceed removals by 72%; for softwood species often used in decks and other treated wood products, the ratio of net growth to removals is about 1.55 (i.e., wood volumes added to forests annually exceed volumes removed annually by over 50%, meaning that the inventory of wood contained within the nation’s forests is increasing steadily


For anyone seeking to build an environmentally responsible structure, a thorough investigation of environmental attributes of alternatives is always recommended. Single attributes – such as recycled content – while important, do not tell the whole story and need to be considered holistically.

CUMARU (BRAZILLIAN TEAK) INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

HANDLING & STORAGE - Like Massaranduba, Cumaru is dried from 12 to 20% moisture content. As the material adjusts to local weather conditions, it will expand in width about 1/8" if the moisture content is closer to 12%; or, if the moisture content is closer to 20%, it will shrink about 1/8". Acclimate this material to current humidity levels before installation by storing in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.

INSTALLATION - Design your deck to stand at least 24" above the ground and be open on at least 3 sides to promote adequate cross ventilation. 1x6 Cumaru decking may be installed on 16" o/c. joist systems. 5/4 material also may be installed on 24" o/c. Installing decks with a diagonal pattern may require narrower joist spacing. When installing, allow a minimum 1/4" space between 6" planks. This promotes air circulation, allows drainage, and leaves room between the boards for shrinkage and expansion. The average rate of shrinkage is approximately 3/16" on 6" wide boards.

CUTTING - Carbide-tipped saw blades and drill bits are recommended when cutting. When drilling, bore pilot holes close to the actual screw or nail diameter. If using trim-head screws, it is recommended that you drill a slightly larger hole than the diameter of the screw head so it can countersink itself.

END SEALING - The ends of the Cumaru boards are end-waxed. Any cuts made on the planks must be immediately resealed with a clear aqueous wax end sealer to help reduce checking. We recommend "Anchorseal" by UC Coatings.

FASTENING - Stainless steel fasteners are recommended because of superior corrosion resistance, maximum holding power, and ease of use. Always pre-drill a pilot hole before driving screw fasteners in any application and countersink screw fasteners when face screwing deck boards. There are also various hidden-type, under-mount or clip systems, that may be used without causing unsightly surface punctures; and, eliminate the potential for water to pool or stand on the surface, leading to wood rot and deck failure. The DECKMASTER® hidden deck fastening system is a great example. Make sure you buy the appropriate size DECKMASTER® bracket for the deck boards you are installing, pre-drill and ask us for more information.

FINISHING - After finishing your deck, clean the surface and wait at least 2 days to apply a thin coating of high quality penetrating oil-based sealer with UV inhibitors that limit checking and color fading. It is recommended that you test any product chosen on several sample boards to determine compatibility.

We recommend applying a quality penetrating oil finish with a UV sun block after completing your deck. U.V. Plus by Messmer's or Penofin's Bronze Label Hardwood Formula finish are excellent products that will keep your wood looking its best. Within 3-6 months, follow up by applying another coat or when your deck looks dry or weathered. These initial applications help saturate the wood fibers, adding protection to preserve your deck and make "maintenance" coats less frequent. Over time, apply this finish periodically to maintain the natural color. If you prefer, Cumaru will weather naturally without any oil to a silver gray patina over a period of time, thereby eliminating any finish maintenance. We do recommend that you at least apply an initial oil finish to your deck after completion and seasoning. Please call us with any questions.

GARAPA (BRAZILLAIN ASH) INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
HANDLING & STORAGE - Garapa is dried from 12 to 20% moisture content. As the material adjusts to local weather conditions, it will expand in width about 1/8" if the moisture content is closer to 12%; or, if the moisture content is closer to 20%, it will shrink about 1/8". Acclimate this material to current humidity levels before installation by storing in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.

INSTALLATION< - Design your deck to stand at least 24" above the ground and be open on at least 3 sides to promote adequate cross ventilation. 5/4 Garapa decking may be installed on 16" to 24" o/c. joist systems. Installing decks with a diagonal pattern may require narrower joist spacing. When installing, allow a minimum 3/16" space between 4" planks and 1/4" space between 6" planks. This promotes air circulation, allows drainage, and leaves room between the boards for shrinkage and expansion. The average rate of shrinkage is approximately 1/8" on 4" wide boards and 3/16" on 6" wide boards.

CUTTING - Carbide-tipped saw blades and drill bits are recommended when cutting. When drilling, bore pilot holes close to the actual screw or nail diameter. If using trim-head screws, it is recommended that you drill a slightly larger hole than the diameter of the screw head so it can countersink itself.

END SEALING - Garapa is end-waxed. Any cuts made on the planks must be immediately resealed with a clear aqueous wax end sealer to help reduce checking. We recommend "Anchorseal" by UC Coatings.

FASTENING - Stainless steel fasteners are recommended because of superior corrosion resistance, maximum holding power, and ease of use. Always pre-drill a pilot hole before driving screw fasteners in any application and countersink screw fasteners when face screwing deck boards. There are also various hidden-type, under-mount or clip systems, that may be used without causing unsightly surface punctures; and, eliminate the potential for water to pool or stand on the surface, leading to wood rot and deck failure. The DECKMASTER® hidden deck fastening system is a great example. Make sure you buy the appropriate size DECKMASTER® bracket for the deck boards you are installing, pre-drill and ask us for more information.

FINISHING - After finishing your deck, clean the surface and wait at least 2 days to apply a thin coating of high quality penetrating oil-based sealer with UV inhibitors that limit checking and color fading. It is recommended that you test any product chosen on several sample boards to determine compatibility. We recommend applying a quality penetrating oil finish with a UV sun block after completing your deck. U.V. Plus by Messmer's or Penofin's Bronze Label Hardwood Formula finish are excellent products that will keep your wood looking its best. Within 3-6 months, follow up by applying another coat or when your deck looks dry or weathered. These initial applications help saturate the wood fibers, adding protection to preserve your deck and make "maintenance" coats less frequent. Over time, apply this finish periodically to maintain the natural color. If you prefer, Garapa will weather naturally without any oil to a silver gray patina over a period of time, thereby eliminating any finish maintenance. We do recommend that you at least apply an initial oil finish to your deck after completion and seasoning. Please call us with any questions.

IPE' (BRAZILLIAN WALNUT) INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

HANDLING - Ipe' decking is partially air-dried lumber and is intended for outdoor use only. Acclimate your Ipe' to current humidity levels before installation by storing in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.
Installation- Your deck should be designed to stand at least 24" above the ground and be open on at least 3 sides to promote adequate cross ventilation. 1x4 and 5/4 Ipe' decking may be installed on 16" o/c joist systems, and 5/4 Ipe' also may be installed on 24" o/c. Installing decks with a diagonal pattern may require narrower joist spacing. It is recommended that there should be a 1/8" gap between deck boards when installed. This promotes air circulation, allows drainage, and leaves room between the boards for shrinkage and expansion. The average rate of shrinkage is approximately 1/16" on 4" wide boards and 1/8" on 6" wide boards.

CUTTING - Carbide-tipped saw blades and drill bits are recommended when cutting Ipe' decking boards. When drilling, bore pilot holes close to the actual screw or nail diameter. If using trim-head screws, it is recommended that you drill a slightly larger hole than the diameter of the screw head so it can countersink itself.

END SEALING- After crosscutting, it is recommended that you seal all ends with a clear aqueous wax end sealer to help reduce checking. We recommend "Anchorseal" by UC Coatings.

FASTENING - Stainless steel fasteners are recommended because of their superior corrosion resistance, maximum holding power, and ease of use. Always pre-drill a pilot hole before driving screw fasteners in any application and countersink screw fasteners when face screwing deck boards. There are also various hidden-type, under-mount or clip systems, that may be used without causing unsightly surface punctures; and, eliminate the potential for water to pool or stand on the surface, leading to wood rot and deck failure. The DECKMASTER® hidden deck fastening system is a great example. Make sure you buy the appropriate size DECKMASTER® bracket for the deck boards you are installing, pre-drill and ask us for more information.

Finishing - After finishing your deck, clean the surface and allow it to dry for at least 2 days before applying a high quality penetrating oil-based sealer with UV inhibitors. We recommend applying U.V. Plus by Messmer's or Penofin's Bronze Label Hardwood Formula to keep your wood looking its best.

Within 3-6 months, follow up by applying another coat or when the Ipe' looks dry or weathered. These initial applications help saturate the wood fibers, adding protection to preserve your deck and make "maintenance" coats less frequent. Over time, apply this finish periodically to maintain Ipe''s rich natural color. If you prefer, Ipe' will also weather naturally without any oil to a silver gray patina over a period of time, thereby eliminating any finish maintenance. We do recommend that you at least apply an initial application of oil finish to your Ipe' deck after completion. Please feel free to call us with any questions.

MASSARANDUBA (BRAZILLIAN REDWOOD)
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
HANDLING & STORAGE - Massaranduba is dried from 12 to 20% moisture content. As the material adjusts to local weather conditions, it will expand in width about 1/8" if the moisture content is closer to 12%; or, if the moisture content is closer to 20%, it will shrink about 1/8". Like Ipe', give Massaranduba a chance to acclimate to current humidity levels before installation by storing in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.

INSTALLATION - Like Ipe', your deck should be designed to stand at least 24" above the ground and be open on at least 3 sides to promote adequate cross ventilation. 1x4 and 5/4 Massaranduba decking may be installed on 16" o/c. joist systems. 5/4 material also may be installed on 24" o/c. Installing decks with a diagonal pattern may require narrower joist spacing. When installing, allow a minimum 3/16" space between 4" planks and 1/4" space between 6" planks. This promotes air circulation, allows drainage, and leaves room between the boards for shrinkage and expansion. The average rate of shrinkage is approximately 1/8" on 4" wide boards and 3/16" on 6" wide boards.

CUTTING - Carbide-tipped saw blades and drill bits are recommended when cutting Massaranduba. Before fastening, always pre-drill a pilot hole close to the actual screw or nail diameter.

END SEALING - Massaranduba is end-waxed. Any cuts made on the planks must be immediately resealed with a clear aqueous wax end sealer to help reduce checking. We recommend "Anchorseal" by UC Coatings.

FASTENING - Stainless steel fasteners are recommended because of superior corrosion resistance, maximum holding power, and ease of use. Always pre-drill a pilot hole before driving screw fasteners in any application and countersink screw fasteners when face screwing deck boards. There are also various hidden-type, under-mount or clip systems, that may be used without causing unsightly surface punctures; and, eliminate the potential for water to pool or stand on the surface, leading to wood rot and deck failure. The DECKMASTER® hidden deck fastening system is a great example. Make sure you buy the appropriate size DECKMASTER® bracket for the deck boards you are installing, pre-drill and ask us for more information.

FINISHING - After finishing your deck, clean the surface and wait at least 2 days to apply a thin coating of high quality penetrating oil-based sealer with UV inhibitors that limits checking and color fading. It is recommended that you test any product chosen on several sample boards to determine compatibility.

We recommend applying quality penetrating oil finish with a UV sun block after completing your deck. U.V. Plus by Messmer's or Penofin's Bronze Label Hardwood Formula finish are excellent products that will keep your wood looking its best. Within 3-6 months, follow up by applying another coat or when the Massaranduba looks dry or weathered. These initial applications help saturate the wood fibers, adding protection to preserve your deck and make "maintenance" coats less frequent. Over time, apply this finish periodically to maintain the natural color. If you prefer, Massaranduba will weather naturally without any oil to a silver gray patina over a period of time, thereby eliminating any finish maintenance. We do recommend that you at least apply an initial oil finish to your deck after completion and seasoning. Please feel free to call us with any questions.

DOWNLOAD OUR NEW
2014 DECKING GUIDE

Download our 16 page Decking Guide with all the information you will need. Detailed information about the different species of decking lumber we offer, installation instructions, decking accessories and more.

 

SPECIES WE OFFER

CUMARU (Brazillian Teak) - is known expecially for its superior hardness and durability and adapts extremely well in residential or commercial applications. Its color ranges between a tan brown to a reddish brown with some boards displaying black striping. Unlike most exotic hardwoods however, Cumaru's color changes little from its original tone and gradually mutes to a uniform color over time. Cumaru naturally weathers to a beautiful, silver gray patina. To maintain this rich tone, apply a UV inhibitor like Penofin. Application of sealers is optional. The wood has excellent weathering possibilities, rated 25 years against decay and insect damage with applications having longevity of over 50 years. See pricing at left.
(See installation instructions.)

 

ECOVANTAGE (Thermally Modified Southern Yellow Pine) - Match the refinement and elegance, the low maintenance and durability of exotic lumber with U.S. grown timber. EcoVantage thermally modifies Southern Yellow Pine with heat and steam to create enhanced natural wood low in maintenance and weather resistant. We offer StaTru thermally modified wood for deck structural systems. 30 year guarantee, chemical free. See prices at left.

 

GARAPA (Brazillian Ash) - is the rising star in exotic hardwood decking. Garapa is extremely dense and naturally resists rot, decay, splinters, and fire without any chemical treatments. Its grain is very fine and tight making the material extremely smooth and scratch resistant. Garapa's warm, golden brown color is sure to last for many years and give you the deck you've always dreamed of. See pricing at left.
(See installation instructions.)

 

IPE' (E-pay) - is an extremely dense, tightly grained wood recognized worldwide as one of the hardest and most durable decking materials available. It has the hightest rating for insect and decay resistance of any exotic hardwood. Ipe' has also been rigorously tested and found to be highly resistant to fire. See pricing below, left. (See installation instructions.)

 

MASSARANDUBA (Brazillian Redwood) - has heartwood with a beautiful redish brown color that is nearly blemished free. The grain of the Massaranduba board is a fine smooth straight grain, with a slight shift along the length of the board. Massaranduba is an environmentally conscious lumber with no need for preservatives. It only needs to be treated annually with an oil-based hardwood finish otherwise it will fade to a silver gray hue. See pricing at left. (See installation instructions.)

 

WESTERN RED CEDAR (Knotty) - is rustic charm at its best. Widely used by home owners and builders, this category of knotty decking combines the high manufacturing standards required for deckboards with a hole-free knotty appearance. See pricing at left.

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