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Why Red Cedar Decking Is A Great Addition to Your Home

There are few home improvement projects which are as rewarding – in so many ways – as adding a deck to your backyard.  A deck expands the utility value of your house.  It gives you a place to go in the evening.  It’s a perfect setting for cookouts, parties, or other get-togethers.  A great deck will even increase your homes market value if you ever decide to sell.

The only real choice is what material to use on the deck, and we’d say that you have a very hard time finding a better option than red cedar decking.  Red cedar is a nearly perfect building material for decks, and you’re almost guaranteed to love it once the project is done.

Four Reasons That Red Cedar Decking Is A Great Choice 

1. Natural beauty
Just look at red cedar.  Is it any wonder so many people choose it for their outdoor projects?  It’s easily one of the most beautiful woods available for building, and it doesn’t need any staining or painting beyond possibly wood preservative for added protection.  Even that could be seen as optional if you want a 100% natural, weathered look and feel.

2. High durability
Red cedar decking is strong and won’t easily become damaged during normal use.  On top of that, it’s also surprisingly weather-proof naturally!  It won’t absorb much moisture, even during heavy storms or withstanding snow on top.  Plus, it’s resistant to mold, mildew, and it’s even less prone to insect infestations than many other kinds of wood.

Simply put, a red cedar deck can last for years with only the most minimal maintenance.

3. Fast installation
Builders of all stripes love working with red cedar – it’s like it was made to be turned into home projects.  It’s easy to work with, without being prone to cracking.  It also cuts well, without needing much finishing or sanding afterward.

4. Time and cost savings
Red cedar is plentiful in North America, so it’s relatively inexpensive compared to most other woods – particularly exotic options.  So, when you add that to the fast installation, low maintenance, and long-term lifespan, you’ve got a deck with a low total cost of ownership. It truly is hard to imagine a better option than red cedar decking.

Get All the Materials You Need at Monaghan Lumber Specialties

We carry an extensive selection of western red cedar for siding, docks, decking and other projects, as well as plenty of other woods, stains, finishes, handrail options, lighting, drainage systems, and more.  Please come visit us to see our selection for yourself, or  contact us if you have any questions.