Material Selection

McNish Outdoor Living builds with many different materials.  Below is a list of the three most popular types of product we use to build our projects.  If you have another product in mind, please contact us and ask and more than likely we can accommodate your want.


To withstand the elements,wood is chemically protected through a process called pressure treating,which wards off insects,micro organism and fungal decay.Pressure treated lumber can last 20 years or more.

The most common types of chemical used to treat wood are,alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ),copper azole (CA),and the newest type,micronised copper quaternary (MCQ).

Cedar is a more expensive option but has a natural odor that repels bugs and last longer than other types of lumber.


Composite materials can range from fiberglass to plastic while most are a mixture of plastic and wood fibers. Not only do composite materials last longer but require far less care. While composite may cost more upfront, the lower cost of maintenance puts it ahead in the long run. Composite materials are available in many textures and colors and never needs to be stained or sealed. Composite decking is resistant to rotting and insects and last over 30 years.