One of the most commonly used softwoods is cedar not only because it is widely available and sustainable, but also because of it is superior in terms of value and appearance. Here are some factors that make cedar wood suitable for outdoor decking and similar applications:
- The appearance of Cedar wood is distinctive, characterized by a pleasant dark to light brown color with irregular stripes and streaks of black and chocolate brown. These hues complement the fine and even texture of this wood. Applying UV-blocking finishers sporadically to cedar after installation keeps it from eventually losing its vibrant colors and delays the darkening process caused by aging.
- With respect to its value, there are a few characteristics that make cedar wood superior:
- Cedar is a natural rot- and decay-resistant wood. With the aid of its distinct smell, it can withstand or repel organisms such as termites, moths, and other insects. Although all types of wood eventually disintegrate, cedar is known for its slower rate of decomposition.
- Cedar wood is very easy to work with. Its fine and even texture makes it very resistant to splitting caused by fasteners when cut. This wood is an extremely good choice for building closets, chests, lockers, boards, etc.
- Cedar only needs a preservative to maintain its color and appearance. Wood decaying organisms are naturally repelled by an extract that is organically produced and emitted by cedar wood. It is easy to maintain, which means lower overall costs in the long run.
If you intend to buy some Cedar wood, look for a store that can supply you with the quantity that you need. The best traders can produce and deliver all kinds of sizes in cedar lumbers, timbers, shingles, boards, shakes, and beams.