Redwood Architects: Why Redwood?


There are many benefits to using Redwood in architectural endeavors. Redwood Architects recognize the aesthetic value, durability, and eco-friendly benefits of using this material in their projects.

Redwood is very durable and may be superior to other types of wood used in large-scale architectural projects. Wood-plastic composite lumber, pressure treated lumber, and tropical hardwoods may be used in architectural projects, but do not offer the same performance characteristics that redwood offers – a fact well-known to redwood architects.

Energy use in the manufacturing of wood-plastic composite lumber results in large emissions of carbon.  Redwood forests on the other hand remove carbon from the air and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Even as redwood trees are harvested and made into lumber for outdoor living projects, the removed carbon stays stored in the wood.

Pressure treated lumber is often used for decking substructures, fencing posts and rails, and other applications where beauty is not typically a concern. Homeowners and contractors looking for a beautiful material for deck boards, fence pickets and architectural details often look for redwood. The warm tones and unique grain patterns of redwood make it a one-of-a-kind choice for redwood architects to work with.

By nature, tropical hardwoods are very dense. While rendering these materials resistant to insects and decay, this density also makes for increased transportation and labor costs when working with tropical hardwoods. Redwood is naturally resistant to insects and decay, but is also lightweight and extremely workable. Redwood architects know that no special tools are required to build a beautiful redwood deck, fence, or interior.

Environmentally conscious building has become more prevalent in recent years. There has been a resurgence of redwood architects who are dedicated to using only the best and most sustainable materials. Humboldt Redwood takes environmental stewardship very seriously. Our redwood is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified, and may also be eligible for the LEED Green Building, Certified Wood credit.

So, why redwood? Along with being renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, its aesthetic qualities and durability are great for eco-friendly building. Redwood architects know best!

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