Planning for your next big outdoor construction project? If so, you are probably trying to figure out what materials to use. Do you want to use natural materials or are you leaning towards artificial materials? Are you planning to build the project yourself or hire a professional? Do you want your new deck, fence, or garden structure to blend in with the natural environment? Deciding on the answers to these questions and many others will help you narrow down the best materials to consider for your project.
We hope the below comparison will help and inform you as to why Humboldt Redwood is such a great choice for all your outdoor living projects.
Humboldt Redwood vs. Plastics
The low-maintenance benefits of plastic decking materials are widely touted. While some plastics may require less maintenance than other materials, these materials are generally not very friendly to the environment, requiring labor- and resource-intensive manufacturing. What’s more, the installation cost difference between a plastic deck vs. a Humboldt Redwood deck can be substantial. Heavy to transport and requiring additional substructure materials and labor to install, plastic decks are more expensive to install. In addition, plastic decks hold and retain high heat on hot summer days, which may result in unsafe conditions for bare feet or outdoor pets.
Humboldt Redwood vs. Pressure Treated Lumber
Pressure treated lumber is manufactured by infusing the wood with preservatives that help make it resistant to termites and decay. Because of its relatively inexpensive cost and appearance, pressure treated lumber is often used in the substructure of Humboldt Redwood decks and as stringers and posts for Humboldt Redwood fences. When comparing Humboldt Redwood vs. pressure treated lumber, the former is much more attractive, and naturally possesses many of the qualities pressure treated lumber is manufactured to achieve. Pressure treated lumber on its own is an ideal material to use as the sub-structure for your new Humboldt Redwood deck, porch, or fence.
Humboldt Redwood vs. Tropical Hardwoods
Tropical hardwoods, many sourced from South America, include Cumaru, Ipe, Tigerwood and other species. When comparing Humboldt Redwood vs. tropical hardwoods, Humboldt Redwood weighs much less, while still exhibiting many of the performance characteristics of tropical hardwoods, such as resistance to insects and decay, strength, and durability. However, these materials are much more difficult to work with, and much more expensive. Requiring special tools and hardware, and additional labor to install, tropical hardwoods are among the most expensive options for building a new deck.