Cedar wood is a prominent decking material choice, and it is easy to see why. Other than its obvious benefits of durability and aesthetics, cedar offers a range of other advantages over other woods. In fact, it is difficult to find better and more beautiful decking options in the market, especially if you are looking for a certain elegance that only redwood can provide.
Cedar decking has a vibrant shade that brings any outdoor project to an entirely new level of elegance and luxury. Even if you aren’t for its natural hue, cedar easily accepts different types of stains that help enrich its natural hue. On top of this, stains and sealants help add a protective barrier to your deck, prolonging the life of the wood.
Left untreated, cedar has a natural ability to resist moisture, pests, and even weathering. It contains natural oils that deter rotting and decay while also repelling wood-destroying insects like ants and termites. As the wood ages, these oils also build up, creating an, even more, beautiful natural stain and making the wood extra durable.
Cedar trees are also widely available locally in North America, and cedar wood is a material that is processed locally, making it readily available at affordable prices. This means faster completion for your decking installation project, even when you are DIYing your deck.
Opting for a home deck addition is a great remodeling project that can add value to your home. However, there are certain things you should remember when using cedar wood as a decking material. First is that cedar should be sealed at least once every two or three years to maintain its quality and help its natural decay-resistance. Second is to make a clear estimate of the amount of material you need, especially when a large quantity of wood is needed for your cedar decking. Finally, order only from trustworthy suppliers that source their products through sustainable means.