What is it about redwood that makes it the ideal building material for outdoor deck projects? It could be the color and unique beauty of redwood deck boards, or possibly the superior workability of redwood lumber. It may even be the durability of redwood as a building material.
Whatever the reason, redwood is the outstanding choice when starting your next outdoor deck project.
Color and Beauty
Redwood deck boards provide stunning color and unique beauty to a deck. Humboldt Redwood is legendary for its rich red tone in the heartwood grades. Equally stunning are the sapwood grades that feature varying amounts of yellow-toned sapwood.
Visit our Redwood Grades page to learn more about color and application variations among different redwood grades.
Redwood’s superior workability also makes it an ideal building material. Legendary versatility and ease-of-use mean that building a durable Humboldt Redwood deck is achievable for the average homeowner or do-it-yourselfer. Redwood is also very lightweight and cuts very easily, making it easy to work with using regular wood-working tools. No special equipment, tools, or training is required to properly install a Humboldt Redwood deck.
If you’re looking for a building material that provides flexibility needed for your deck plan, redwood decking materials are the option to choose.
The most important factor when creating a deck is durability, which is unmatched by the natural durability of real redwood. Humboldt Redwood decking features shear strength up to five times greater than other decking materials, and doesn’t require as much substructure. For example, redwood requires 24” OC whereas most plastic composites require 12” – 16” OC.
In addition, the natural tannins in redwood (which gives heartwood its distinctive warm, red color) impart natural resistance to insects, decay, and fire.
The beautiful color, workability, and natural durability of redwood make it a superior building material for your next deck project. For more information about what to consider when designing your deck, visit our redwood deck design page. Or learn about where you can buy redwood to get started.