Redwood can last up to 30 years on a well-maintained deck under good circumstances. It is also the most fire resistant decking material on the market. If left unfinished, redwood will turn black and slowly turn into a silver gray. It is less likely to cup and warp like treated wood does, and has a low shrinkage rate, which minimalizes splitting.
Redwood decking is popular because it stores more carbon than it emits over its lifespan, giving the homeowner a greener solution than standard decking. Redwood can also be easily stained repeatedly throughout its lifespan, making it an affordable and sustainable option for your home!
Thinking about replacing your deck with redwood decking? Clues that your wood deck might need to be repaired or replaced:
It might seem obvious in some cases, such as if you see sagging, or if you have broken boards. But there are other times when it is far less obvious and you might even want to call in a professional to make a final determination. One of those cases might be, if your deck boards have cracking or splitting, but the rest of the deck seems alright. Cracking doesn’t necessarily mean the deck is in bad shape. Deck boards can crack for a number of reasons. Mainly, from drying after exposure to water. In many cases, you can sand down the wood and give the deck a good coat of stain and seal, and that could prolong the life of the deck by several more years.
Benefits of Redwood:
- Vibrant red color
- Easy to work with
- Stains aren’t needed as much
Why choose redwood decking for your deck project?
Redwood offers the homeowner a naturally beautiful and structurally sound deck that is naturally resistant to shrinking, warping, and checking. Plus, redwood stays cool and steady under your feet all summer long.
What does ‘checking’ mean?
During the drying process, the ends and surfaces dry first and this means that they shrink. But, the core remains swollen. The different rates of drying cause cracking at the ends and surface of the lumber. This reaction is called “checking”. Why does this matter? A relatively small amount of checking is deemed acceptable under the grading rules for lumber and the amount allowed, varies by grade. The amounts allowed are based upon the effect that these defects have on various strength properties of wood.
Is redwood decking easier to clean and maintain then cedar decking?
Redwood is one of nature’s low or no maintenance building materials, with its ability to naturally resist insects and decay. However, applying a finish can help keep your redwood decking looking new for years while locking in the color that you want. If you prefer the maintenance-free solutions, then simply let it go and watch your deck take on a distinct gray-weathered appearance.
What kind of redwood grades do you offer?
Rocky Mountain Forest Products stocks two types of redwood, Construction Common Redwood decking (aka. Con Common) and Construction Heart Redwood Decking (aka Con Heart), but we can order any other grades that you want. Each grade has its own appeal and unique colors. Construction Common Redwood decking is the most commonly used grade on the market. This is the traditional 2 tone (sap wood and heart wood) deck board that is seen and most widely used. Rocky Mountain Forest Products stocks this typically in a 2×6 Redwood board with eased edges. The Construction Heart Redwood decking is our premium grade that offers the heart of the redwood tree to give you a sap wood free product and reddish brown tone that will make any deck look amazing. This grade (without the sap wood) has natural resins and tannins in the genetic makeup of the tree that protects it from rot and decay very similarly to that of cedar. Lastly, if you are searching for many of the clear Redwoods on the market, the decking specialist can source those for you as well (i.e. B grade Redwood). In recent years many of these grades have been hard to come by, so supply can sometimes be limited, but the pros over here at RMFP can not only guide you to what is available but also help you select the redwood decking that is right for your project.