Spring Into Deck Repairs With Our Cheat Sheet to Choosing the Best Wood Decking Materials

With the winter weather almost in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to turn our attention to those outdoor spaces that took a backseat during winter. Got a deck that’s seen better days? 

This is the golden opportunity to roll up your sleeves for some deck repairs or maybe give it a fresh upgrade. 

From the timeless appeal of natural wood to the modern convenience of composite materials, we have everything you need to bring your deck back to life. We’re here today to guide you through choosing the best wood decking materials for your springtime deck repairs.

Identifying Springtime Deck Repairs That Require Replacement Wood

Inspecting your deck for any damage incurred during the harsh winter months is an important first step for potential spring deck repairs. Some common signs that your deck may need repairs, or even replacement wood, include:

  • Rot and Decay – Wooden decks can suffer from rot due to moisture, especially in areas where snow and rain have been sitting for extended periods. Check for soft spots or discoloration, which indicate that the wood has begun to rot and may need replacing.
  • Warped or Cracked Boards – Fluctuations in temperature and moisture levels can cause wood to warp or crack. These defects not only affect the deck’s appearance but can also pose safety hazards. Replacement with high-quality decking materials from Johnson Lumber can restore both the beauty and functionality of your deck.
  • Loose or Missing Fasteners – Winter weather can loosen nails, screws, and other fasteners. If you notice any missing or if boards are lifting, it’s time to secure your deck with new fasteners and possibly replace affected wood sections.
  • Weathered and Discolored Surfaces – While some weathering is natural over time, excessive discoloration or uneven surfaces might suggest deeper damage. Sanding and refinishing could suffice, but severely affected boards should be replaced.

Addressing these issues promptly can prevent further damage and ensure your deck is safe and enjoyable for the upcoming outdoor season. 

Johnson Lumber’s wide selection of wood decking materials, including cedar, pressure-treated lumber, and Ipe wood, offers the perfect solution for any replacement needs. 

Let’s take a look at our most popular options.

Composite Decking for Spring Deck Repairs

Composite decking provides an attractive and low-maintenance alternative to natural wood, blending wood fibers with recycled plastic for a durable and eco-friendly decking solution. Johnson Lumber offers an extensive selection from the top names in composite decking, each with unique benefits:


Azek stands out for its advanced engineering and high-performance materials, offering decking that is both weather and stain-resistant. 

Its collections boast a range of colors and textures that mimic natural wood without the upkeep, making it a favorite for homeowners seeking long-lasting beauty and resilience.


As a pioneer in the composite decking industry, Trex decking is known for its sustainability and durability. Made from 95% recycled materials, Trex decking is eco-friendly and offers a deep wood-grain pattern that creates a luxury appearance. 

Its products are highly resistant to fading, staining, scratching, and mold, ensuring a beautiful deck year after year.


TimberTech combines beauty with technology, offering a variety of color and texture options that emulate natural hardwoods. Its composite decking is designed for those who love the look of natural wood but want the long-lasting performance of composite materials. 

TimberTech decks are easy to maintain and come with industry-leading warranties, providing peace of mind along with aesthetic appeal.


Wolf decking is known for its exceptional durability and style. With a focus on value without compromising quality, Wolf’s decking options offer the look of premium hardwoods without the maintenance. 

Their products are highly resistant to the elements, including sun, rain, and snow, making them an excellent choice for any climate.


Evergrain captures the essence of wood with the ease of composite decking. Its natural-looking deep grain creates an authentic wood appearance that’s hard to beat. 

Evergrain decking is compression molded for a durable, beautiful finish that stands up to the rigors of weather and wear, making it a great choice for homeowners who want the beauty of wood with less maintenance.

Natural Wood for Spring Deck Repairs

For those who prefer the natural beauty and warmth of wood, Johnson Lumber offers a selection of wood decking materials, each with its own benefits.

Cedar Wood Decking

Cedar wood is celebrated for its natural resistance to water damage and insects. It doesn’t warp, cup, or crack easily, ensuring long-lasting beauty. 

With minimal maintenance, its rich color endures, or it can develop a weathered gray patina if left untreated. 

Cedar wood decking from the Pacific Northwest, available at Johnson Lumber, is a top choice for homeowners who value aesthetics and durability.

Pressure Treated Wood Decking

Our Premium Grade pressure-treated lumber, provided by Culpeper Wood Preservers, is suited for both residential and commercial deck projects. 

It offers superior resistance to decay and insects, guaranteeing durability and strength. This option is ideal for homeowners looking for a cost-effective and resilient decking material.

Ipe Wood Decking

Ipe wood, also known as Brazilian walnut, is among the best decking materials on the market. Its remarkable hardness and resistance to rot and termites make it a wise investment for your deck. 

Ipe wood’s rich natural color can be preserved with a UV protectant, or it can age gracefully to a silvery-gray hue if left untreated. 

For those seeking an exotic and long-lasting decking option, Ipe wood from Johnson Lumber is unparalleled.

Get The Spring Deck Repair Help You Need At Johnson Lumber

Spring is the perfect season to breathe new life into your deck, and Johnson Lumber has the expertise and selection to help you make the best choice for your home. 

For questions on doing deck repairs or to explore our wide range of wood decking materials, send the Johnson Lumber team a message today.

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