Choosing a Redwood Deck


A beautiful deck adds much to your home’s character and your family’s quality of life.  Once you’ve decided to enhance your lifestyle with a new deck, one of the first things you’ll need to consider is what material to use.  There are a number of options to choose from:  composites, cedar, tropical hardwoods or redwood.

When compared with the other options, redwood decking comes out on top in most categories.  It is naturally beautiful, environmentally friendly, durable, economical and easy to maintain.

Naturally beautiful:  A redwood deck has unparalleled natural warmth and beauty.  Unlike composites, which look and feel like plastic, or other woods, which need constant maintenance to stay attractive, redwood stays beautiful with minimal maintenance.

Environmentally  friendly:  Redwood lumber is harvested from sustainable forests in accordance with the certification standards of the Forest Stewardship Council.  Because it is naturally disease and insect resistant, there is no need to treat it with chemicals to preserve the wood. Composites, of course, are derived from plastic materials and wood fillers which are not biodegradable. Redwood decking also meets California’s strict fire codes without the need for toxic chemicals that composites use.

Durable: A typical redwood deck will last as long as 25 years and redwood’s dimensional stability makes it less likely to warp, peel or split than other types of wood. Unlike composites, which can fade, crack and warp in the hot sun, and tend to stain easily, redwood is easy to clean and resists staining.

Easy to maintain: Redwood keeps its beauty and structure with little maintenance.  A simple stain or finish with a water repellant  protects the natural color, or it can be allowed to weather to a soft gray.

Economical:  Redwood is competitively priced when compared with composites or tropical hardwood.

Simply put, a redwood deck is the perfect choice for natural outdoor living.

For more information, check out this informative Choosing a Redwood Deck video. In addition, for all your redwood decking needs, Humboldt Redwood has you covered. Available through select, independent lumber yards and home improvement retailers throughout the Western U.S., visit our Where to Buy Humboldt Redwood page to find a location near you!

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