Western Red Cedar Decking
( Thuja plicata )
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Discover why you should use Western Red Cedar wood for your next project
If you are looking for a beautiful piece of wood that is long-lasting, naturally beautiful and environmentally friendly, then Western Red Cedar decking wood is perfect for you. Red Cedar trees are found throughout the Pacific Northwest Coast of America In fact, the use of Red Cedar wood dates back to the early 18th century when indigenous people of the land used the wood for everyday living. They used Red Cedar to create the following:
- Totem poles
- And much more
Fast forward to present day and Cedar decking wood is still prevalent in today's society. Western Red Cedar decking wood is primarily used for:
- Outdoor decks
- Log homes/Cabins
In some cases, Cedar lumber is used for specialty products such as musical instruments, birdhouses, blinds and many other special products.
While the vibrant colors of Cedar attract many, there are many other reasons why individuals prefer Red Cedar over any type of wood used for outdoor decks. When it comes to Cedar lumber, the benefits are endless. Many choose this type of wood because of the following reasons:
- It's highly resistant to decay
- It's extremely durable
- It's environmentally friendly
- It's easy to work with
- It has a long life span
- It's pitch and resin free
- It accepts a wide range of finishes
- It can withstand all weather conditions
According to a study conducted by the www.WRCLA.org , Western Red Cedar wood outperformed composite woods based on the following criteria:
- Global warming
- Respiratory effects
- Total energy
This Pacific Northwest wood is great for the environment
This study proved that Western Red Cedar lumber is, in fact, more environmentally friendly than plastic and composite woods. In fact, Red cedar along with other natural woods is preferred over concrete and steel due to the fact that wood uses the lowest amount of energy. When compared to air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, greenhouse gases, and ecological resource use, wood ranks the lowest when compared to concrete or steel.
Many choose Red Cedar for their outdoor projects because of the following:
- It's lightweight
- It's easy to install
- It's available in a wide range of styles and profiles
- It adds extra value to any home
- Its long lasting
- It's simply beautiful
- It has a high insulation value
In a nutshell, Red cedar is one of the easiest woods to work with by hand or machine. Like many woods used for building outdoor decks, when you use the right tools, installation and working with Red Cedar can be fairly simple. For best results, it's highly recommended that you used fasteners in the following categories, hot-dipped galvanized, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, or silicon bronze. Due to the fact that Red cedar is resin and pitch free, it is easy to glue.
At Austin Wholesale Lumber we have a wide selection of decking wood for you to choose from! Call us today!
When you need Cedar lumber, give us a call. At Austin Wholesale Lumber we have a wide selection of Red Cedar and other exotic decking woods for you to choose from. Whether you are building an outdoor deck, a sauna or a staircase, you can rest assured, that we can help you choose the perfect decking wood that matches your style, budget and lifestyle. We carry in demand exotic hardwoods such as Ipe, Massaranduba, Itauba, etc. and we also carry name brands like Eon plastic decking, Latitudes composite wood, and Ipanema wood. No matter what type of wood you choose, you can rest assured that we have it in stock for you. Call one of our decking specialists now to get started on your next project.
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