Cedar decking is beloved for its natural beautiful color and grain, and its durable and consistent strength that stands up to sanding and staining. Cedar decking is resistant to decay, insect damage and moisture rot, making this decking material ideal for homeowners in climates with elevated moisture levels or rainfall. If properly cared for and maintained, cedar decking can last up to 20 years or more, without losing its attractiveness or integrity.
Benefits of Cedar Decking
Cedar decking is typically more affordable than composite decking or luxury hardwoods such as Ipe or other Brazilian hardwood decking. Homeowners seeking an environmentally friendly decking material will be happy to learn that cedar is renewable and harvested from sustainably managed forests.
Homeowners often request cedar decking for its rustic weathered look and strong hues. Cedar also smells incredible even years after installation.
Natural Cedar Decking
Stained Cedar Decking
Cedar vs Composite Decking
Choosing between cedar and composite decking can be a challenge considering they both provide unique advantages and appearances. Composite decking tends to be more expensive than cedar decking, depending on choice of brand or manufacturer. Composite decking is long lasting and durable, and requires significantly less maintenance than cedar decking. However, the natural beauty and irresistible aroma of a cedar deck often wins the hearts of homeowners.
While advances in design and technology have improved the appearance of composite decking to look more like natural wood, it’s clear to most people that cedar decking is truly unique and exceptionally stunning to look at. Cedar even has a personality all its own–no two boards are alike.
Cedar Deck Maintenance
Cedar has enjoyed a reputation as an ideal wood decking material due to its natural resistance to water, rot and insect damage. To keep your cedar decking healthy and looking as brilliant as the day it was installed, you will need to perform regular maintenance approximately every two to three years, including sanding, staining and sealing the deck.
On a day to day basis, we recommend brushing leaves, pine needles and other debris off of your deck to avoid staining or damaging the finish.
Each spring you should wash your deck using a soft bristle outdoor broom, or consult the service of a professional pressure washer.
Cedar decking can last up to 20 years or more if properly cared for and maintained.
FEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
about cedar decking
DO I NEED TO STAIN A CEDAR DECK?
Applying a stain and sealant to your cedar decking will provide needed UV and water protection, and offers you the flexibility to decide which shade of cedar deck you like best. Staining and sealing your cedar deck can help it withstand foot traffic and claw damage, and aid in the cedar’s natural moisture-resistant properties.
HOW LONG DOES A CEDAR DECK LAST?
If properly maintained with routine sanding, staining and sealing, cedar decking can last 15 to 20 years or longer. Unlike many other woods, cedar does not easily warp or split, making it an attractive option for homeowners looking to get the most out of their wood decking investment.
DOES A CEDAR DECK NEED TO BE SEALED?
Cedar decking can look beautiful and last up to 20 years or longer if properly maintained. We advise sealing your cedar decking every year if you use a clear coat, or every five years if you are using a color sealer.
HOW STRONG IS CEDAR DECKING?
Cedar is softer than other types of commonly used wood decking, which can lead to dents due to high traffic or scratches by pets and wild animals. Cedar decking will need to be re-stained and sealed throughout the course of its lifetime to maintain its beautiful appearance and strength.
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