Wood Slabs vs. Wood Slats: Which ones to Choose for Your Terrace?

For wooden terraces, two options are available to you: wood slabs or wood slats—decryption of the advantages and disadvantages of these two essential outdoor floorings.

On the terrace, the flooring is not chosen lightly. In addition to the fact that it plays a large part in the atmosphere of this sunny meeting place, the outdoor flooring requires great attention to its resistance to weather and weather. The choice will then act on the selection of garden furniture. Wood Touch LLC helps you see more clearly between two classics of the wooden terrace: the wood slabs and the wooden terrace boards.

Wooden Slabs, The Allies of Small Terraces

The wood slabs are ideal for small areas, such as a mini terrace, patio, or small balcony. Indeed, the standard dimensions are generally 50 x 50 cm. Compact and easy to transport, their small size also allows them to combine with other coverings such as grass or pebbles easily.

How to Install Wooden Slabs for Your Terrace? 

They are very easy to install since they fit together, thanks to a system of clips. If the ground is uneven or you fear humidity, lay your gratings on joists. These precautions will also allow you to keep your patio tiles longer. For a uniform result, install the tiles in width or length. For more originality, change the orientation of the tiles with a checkerboard effect. You can even play with the colors of your gratings!

Wood Boards for the Terrace, Ideal for Large Terraces

wood deck board comes in the form of a plank planed on all four sides. The most common models are between 210 and 240 mm in length. The width varies from 90 to 200 mm. These are important details because the fewer cuts and fittings you have, the more aesthetic the result will be. On the other hand, you can choose slats of different sizes for an assumed contrasting effect. The wooden slats are particularly effective for dressing around a swimming pool and emphasizing the length of a large terrace.

How to Fix Wooden Boards for Your Terrace

The face of the deck board can be smooth or ridged. So grooved, your floor is a little less slippery, but it collects much more dirt! This solution is to opt for the model of the deck board with a smooth face and another ridged to test in the situation directly, at home, or moving to the new house and see, aesthetically, what you prefer. The installation direction is generally in length or width but have fun for a less traditional terrace with a diagonal or diamond point installation.

What Types of Wood to Choose for the Planks and Slabs?

For your terrace boards like your terrace tiles, this is an essential criterion. Exotic wood – for example, Jatoba, Itauba, Tatajub – is the trendiest! Very robust and warm, it is also the most expensive solution. Among the more accessible European woods, turn to high-durability species such as oak, chestnut, Douglas, larch, or black locust (or false acacia). Be careful of splinters all the same!

Some European woods, such as maritime pine, oak, or ash, are thermally modified (THT). We also speak of ratified wood. They were heated to a very high temperature to increase their stability and resistance to fungi and insects. This process also changes their color; it becomes darker, and a warmer rendering is thus obtained.

Ecological solution because the wood is more resistant to the outside without undergoing chemical treatments. Finally, composite wood is a great alternative. It is a mixture of wood and polymer material. Its advantages? A greater variety of colors simplified maintenance and lasting resistance to external aggressions.