Cedar Wood Decking – Pros and Cons
Beautiful grain and appearance as well as aroma. Great for vertical applications such as privacy screens or railings. Limited rot resistance in sapwood lumber. Due to its low density, it’s much easier to work with than a lot of the hardwoods. It also resists warping and is lightweight, making it easier to handle and transport.
Due to its limited rot resistance in sapwood, which is commercially available, it's not a great choice for horizontal surfaces like decking. Cedar decking tends not to last as long as pressure treated lumber decking in our climate. It can be resistant to proper stain adhesion. It’s easy to scratch or dent, so it’s best to be cautious when moving furniture. It also tends to fade to a weathered, silvery gray over time so cedar wooden decks need to be stained every two or three years.
Pressure Treated Decking – Pros and Cons
Pressure treated wood for decks is typically pine that has been treated with chemicals and preservatives to prevent weather and insect damage, rotting, and fungus. It’s the least expensive decking material and it's widely available across the U.S. Decks made of pressure treated lumber usually last about 20-25 years with proper maintenance and installation. It's widely available so if you need to repair something down the road, it's relatively easy to find the same product.
Pressure treated wood is more susceptible to warping and bending than cedar, especially in a wet climate like ours. And due to the chemical preservatives, a certain amount of care is necessary in cutting, trimming, or burning pressure treated wood, as the toxins can be released into the air. Decks made of pressure treated wood need to be stained and sealed regularly.
Is a Wood Deck the Right Choice for You?
No matter what wood decking material you decide to use, Woodland Deck can help turn your outdoor living space into a great asset for your home.
We have been building quality wood decks, composite decks, pergolas & gazebos, and railing systems for more than a decade, and have earned a solid reputation as one of the leading high-quality crafters of custom decks in the industry.