What Cedar Decks Are All About

January 24, 2020

Choosing a material for a deck is serious business. It’s also one of the first decisions you have to make that can have a ripple effect on the rest of your decisions. Whether you are wanting to install a deck for the first time or looking to redo the one you have now, there seems to be countless options for deck materials. It can be an overwhelming process to pick what will best serve your family’s needs. Cedar decks are popular and a great choice in building your ideal outdoor living space. From hosting elegant dinners to celebrating kid’s birthdays, a cedar deck may be the perfect material for you. 

The Benefits of Cedar Decks

There are various benefits to choosing cedar decks for your own outdoor living space such as durability, versatility, and aesthetically pleasing. When it comes to durability, cedar has the ability to withstand decay due to its secretion of oils, better known as extractives. This helps the wood resist moisture, insects and weathering across the board. As the oils build over the years, the extractives actually make cedar wood healthy and strong. Due to cedar being porous, it will barely ever warp, curl or twist due to water or moisture. With most cedar lasting between 15 to 25 years (while some last longer), you will be investing in the longevity and overall health of your deck. 

If you are more into the aesthetics of a deck, then cedar decks are a terrific consideration. The most common cedar decking is western red cedar because it’s pitch and resin free. You are able to stain, color, bleach, and apply finishes that make your cedar just the way you want it. It’s one of the most attractive types of wood, especially for decking purposes. 

The Price Of Environmentally Friendly Wood

One great quality about cedar decks is that it’s an environmentally friendly choice. Since it is a natural wood and not synthetic, it removes negative gasses from the atmosphere. Cedar does not contain chemicals that harm the environment, is renewable, and biodegradable. Plus, cedar is produced from sustainably managed forests. This means that our natural forests are not degraded. With all of these wonderful aspects and benefits of cedar decks, it does come at a slightly higher price. It may not be the least expensive material for decking; however, it is affordable wood for what you receive. Cedar does require maintenance every few years of being sealed or stained. 

Conclusion

When it comes to making decisions on your outdoor living space, you’ll want to consult with a professional. Whether it’s choosing cedar decks or if you want to install a fully functional outdoor kitchen, Seasonal Landscape is here for you. Our priority is to create and design the dream yard you’ve always wanted for you, your family and your friends to enjoy. Call us today to find out what we offer and how we can help your dreams come true!

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