Everybody needs a place to relax at the end of the day; and a cedar deck is a great start. Decks can also offer a reliable area to entertain guests, host a barbecue, watch the fireworks on the 4th or just simply relaxing. With a little planning, we can help make your cedar deck a reality.
- Durability – A cedar wood deck is naturally resistant to decay and insect damage. With cedar’s natural preservative oil no further treatment of the decking material is needed. Cedar doesn’t readily absorb moisture and since moisture is what creates twisting and splitting, cedar decking tends to lie flat and straight. Cedar swells and shrinks less than half that of other softwoods. Over time, cedar decks require regular maintenance in order to rely on their outward appearance and beauty.
- Heat resistant – kick off your shoes day or night, even in extreme summertime heat. Cedar is resilient and does not transfer heat.
- Beauty – Cedar decks are downright gorgeous; rich in grain, texture, and color. A cedar deck will compliment any architectural style home. After a couple years of weathering it turns beautiful silvery gray.
There are a growing number of patterns, shapes, and sizes produced from cedar to enable you to personalize your deck. Pre-cut wood items can include fencing, lattice, decorative accessories like sunbursts, and balustrades. Custom deck designs are a thing we specialize with.
We can help you decide on the prefect design with our computer generated software, giving you an any angle view of your possible deck on a 42″ HD display. This also allows us to make minor or larger changes to your design on the fly, which will really help out when deciding on the finer details.
Sitting down with a pen and paper and drawing up a rough sketch of how you’d like your deck to look will help this process, or you can come in and describe it to us.
Take into consideration all the activities you’ll be using your deck for. You can add various levels and zone each level for a different activity. Your grill could be on the main level, 2 steps down add a level for your hot tub, another step down for a built-in intimate sitting area, etc. Built-in benches and planter boxes will add charm and depth.
If you want your cedar deck to retain its color you’ll need to clean and reseal it every couple of years. You’ll never achieve that “new wood” look again, but it will prevent your deck from going full on gray, which in the right environments can still look beautiful.
If you’re planning on using real cedar wood for your deck, remember that cedar’s surface is prone to scratches. Using outdoor area rugs, furniture sliders or just remembering to pick up your outdoor furniture will help alleviate any scratching issues.
Cedar trees grow in an environment that is damp, and where fungus, microorganisms and insects are commonplace. Because of their environ, cedar trees have, over time, developed a means of protecting themselves from these insects, rot, fluctuating temperatures and more importantly the humid and damp weather. It’s these adaptations that have given us one of the best self protected natural hardwoods for building outdoor living structures with. So, if you’re in an area where humidity, temperature and cracking are problems, cedar wood could very well be your idea choice if you want a natural wood rather than the equally or better protected man-made Ipe’s or composite woods.
Cedar Wood Benefits
Cedar wood is known well for it’s ability to not swell or shrink during weathered conditions from humid and hot to dry and freezing, cedar remains resilient to the elements. Other types of wood will warp, crack, bend, swell or shrink when put to the same tests as cedar wood, and because of this cedar wood is highly sought after for home siding, decks, pergolas, gazebos, park furniture and any other type of structure that remains outside of our homes for long periods of time.
Cedar is a light, porous type of wood. This gives it a high insulating value perfect for use as a home siding product. The porous wood also allows it to absorb noise. This can be beneficial when used as fencing or siding. These are two more reasons why cedar siding is in such high demand. It is also an elegant and prestigious type of house finishing product that lasts a long time. Cedar stands up to moisture, resisting rot and resisting insect damage better than other woods.
Cedar Building Products
Cedar is used in many building products including; siding, decking, fencing, shingles, gazebos, sheds, doors, windows, blinds, shutters, and garden planters. As a decking lumber, cedar compares favorably to pine and spruce, yet still cannot achieve the durability and maintenance free ease that composite decking offers. Cedar products can be left without a finish or paint applied, however it will need periodic maintenance. In some cases, homeowners want their cedar building products to be stained or painted in order to match their home’s decor.
Long Island Decking Cedar Decks
We know about building decks. It’s much more than slapping a few boards down and nailing them into place, and has become a specialized business to be in. From the best spot to screw or nail in boards, to the gaping and requirements places by building codes, we know and have vast experience with it all.