Abundant, renewable and energy-efficient, redwood is clearly the environmental choice. But it’s a beautiful choice for so many reasons:
- Redwood delivers natural beauty and durability
- Redwood maintains its natural beauty and structural integrity with easy maintenance
- Redwood stays cool and steady under-foot all summer long
- Redwood has a natural resistance to shrinking, warping and checking
- Redwood decking stores more carbon than is emitted over its entire life cycle
- A redwood deck can be restored repeatedly with minimal effort and cost
- The warmth and rich luxury of genuine redwood is not only affordable, but adds great value to your home
- Overall, redwood decking offers significant environmental advantages over plastic composite decking
- Redwood decking meets California’s strict fire codes
If you’re thinking of redoing your existing deck or building a new one nothing compares to the beauty of real, natural redwood. We have a great source for dry, not green, redwood con heart grade decking at an affordable price. This is the time of the year to begin thinking about your upcoming lumber purchase so click on the quote tab or call us at 866-972-7301 and we’ll help you through your project.
The correct answer is – not if you want the deck stain to last as long as it should. The number one reason a deck stain fails prematurely is because the wood surface was not prepped correctly. Even a high quality deck stain will not be as effective or protect like it should if the wood deck was not been washed first using the right deck cleaners.
A good deck cleaner should be used to remove gray wood fibers, dirt, mold, mildew, and other pollutants that are deep down in the wood. In some instances a deck stain stripping agent is required to remove an old failing deck stain. It’s vitally important to remove all remnants of an old deck stain so the new stain can penetrate the wood. More times than not, most deck stains will not adhere to each other. When a deck stain is applied over an old failing stain it will start flaking and peeling within a year or so making an even bigger mess.
California is unique in that it has the most varity of softwoods available ranging from redwood to pine and cedar. If you’re looking for a great deal on dicount cedar siding, redwood siding, or even pine paneling then Lumber Out West is the place for you. Although specializing in only selling the higher grades of quality lumber products our low overhead enables us to often beat the discount lumber yards prices.
Western Red cedar Decking is available in all grades from select tight knot to clear vertical grain.
Western red cedar is sold by the “grade” or quality of the milled lumber. When a tree is logged it is transferred to the lumber mill and sorted into separate piles depending on its’ quality. This separation allows the mill to take all the logs of a specific grade and mill them together saving time. The grades are separated by the quality of the wood which basically means knotty cedar or clear cedar. The knotty grades are used for fencing, decking, and structural support where the knots do not detract from the aesthetic look of the project. The clear grades are used when a more clean, finished look is desired whether for indoor paneling or outdoor siding and decking.
The best time of the year to purchase cedar siding is during the winter months when lumber mills are slow and are looking to move inventory. Logging ends every fall due to bad weather and picks up again in the spring when the snows melt and logging trucks are able to get back into the forests to cut trees. Don’t wait too long, however, because each spring when inventories run low the price of certain cedars goes up due to its’ scarcity before the summer milling months.
Finish Decks for Optimal Performance
Although Western Red Cedar is a naturally durable wood ideal for decks, its performance is enhanced when protected by an appropriate finish. Decks are subjected to the most challenging exposure conditions. The combination of a horizontal surface, the abrasive effects of foot traffic, pounding rain and full exposure to sun make deck finishing more demanding than other finishing applications such as siding. It is important to ensure that the finish you apply to your Western Red Cedar decking boards has been specifically formulated for this end use. Unseasoned decking should be air dried (not exposed to direct sunlight) and finished on all sides prior to installation.
The large size of timbers makes kiln drying impractical due to the drying stresses which would result from differential moisture contents between the interior and exterior of the timber. For this reason, timbers are usually dressed green (moisture content above 19 percent), and the moisture content of timber upon delivery will depend on the amount of air drying which has taken place.
Like dimension lumber, timber begins to shrink when its moisture content falls below about 28 percent. The degree of shrinkage depends on the climatic conditions of the environment. For example, timbers exposed to the outdoors usually shrink from 1.8 to 2.6 percent in width and thickness, depending on the species. Timbers used indoors, where the air is often drier, experience greater shrinkage, in the range of 2.4 to 3.0 percent in width and thickness. Length change in either case is negligible.
When constructing with Posts and Timbers or Beams and Stringers, allowance should be made for anticipated shrinkage based on the moisture content at the time of assembly. Where the building envelope relies on caulked seals between timbers and other building components, the selection of caulks should take into account the amount of movement which must be accommodated as shrinkage occurs.
Minor checks on the surface of a timber are common in most service conditions and therefore an allowance has been made for them in the assignment of working stresses. Checks in columns are not of structural importance unless the check develops into a through split that will divide the column
Lumber inspection and grade rules writing. WWPA is one of seven grading agencies in North America authorized to write and publish grading rules for lumber. The Association also conducts regular inspections at mills to assure consistent quality between mills. Each year, WWPA lumber inspectors check lumber representing some 10 billion board feet of production.
Western Red Cedar (WRC) decking substantially outperformed composite decking in each of the seven criteria tested and was by far the product with the least environmental impact when compared with both virgin and recycled wood-plastic composite decking products. Even after subjecting the cedar decking results to a ‘worst case’ scenario in which WRC required the replacement of 20% of boards in normal service and periodic application of coatings, the environmental impact results remained strongly favorable to Western Red Cedar over the ‘best case’ scenario for composite decking.