Redwood decking is is functional, beautiful and of a lower cost than some other woods of it’s stature. The beautiful wood grain blends in with nature to create a casual feel. Redwood is a gorgeous wood that comes naturally in red, pink, white, grayish green and light brown. The staining options are numerous: pigmented walnut for a dark brown, pigmented heart redwood for a deep red, or golden oak for a yellow tint and a clear oil stain, which allows the natural beauty of the wood to show through. Redwood has natural oils and tannins in the wood, which prevents bugs, water, and weather from destroying it.
Despite all of redwood’s advantages, it is still wood; Mother Nature will slowly weather redwood over time. It is important to maintain a redwood deck; a yearly maintenance program will ensure that decking, stairs, and railings maintain their structural integrity and beautiful appearance. Despite it’s (any any other natural wood deck) maintenance requirements, it’s still a very appealing choice for decking.
While composite decks require less maintenance and can very well look just as good, sometimes you just want a completely natural and beautiful product that will last you a lifetime – and maintained redwood will give you just that.
In terms of appearance, cedar and redwood are very different. Cedar is typically light tan to dark brown in color, and often has color variations in the wood. Redwood, on the other hand, is more uniform in color, typically maintaining a dark brown and deep red color.
There are three redwood grades: Construction Heart, Heart B and Clean Green. Heart B is the most common redwood for decks, because it is durable and long lasting. Cedar’s lower price may be a result of its softer material, which makes it more susceptible to scratches. So if you’re planning to rearrange furniture frequently on your deck, cedar may not be the right choice for you. On the other hand, because redwood is a stronger natural wood than cedar, it’s less malleable with less flexural toughness than cedar, so it may crack with heavy vibrations, or when screws are used during the construction process. At Long Island Decking, we don’t deliver bad decks, so you can rest assure that you’ll be built a deck that’s perfect on every level.
Overall, both cedars and redwoods have many pros and cons which will affect the quality, longevity, appearance and price of your deck. There is no right decision when choosing between the two natural woods; there’s only the decision that’s right for you and your family.