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?
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?
What kind of redwood grades do you offer?