Decked Out: Why You Should Know About This Building Material

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March 23, 1016 (UPI) — When it comes to designing and building your outdoor living space, you have to make some very important choices.

When it comes to choosing the building material, that’s a choice you’re going to live with for a while. It’s going to become part of your home. It’s going to make an impression on family and friends too.

That said, here are some great reasons to choose redwood.

1. Beauty
Redwood is a beautiful, long-lasting solution for your deck, fence, landscaping,garden or other outdoor projects. Few other building materials display the combination of beauty, warmth, durability and versatility inherent in real redwood. Redwood is also an all natural, renewable resource.

The rich color of redwood is legendary. Every redwood board is unique, one-of-a-kind. Such distinction cannot be matched by man-made, alternative products. The beauty and warmth of real redwood speaks for itself.

2. Redwood delivers one-of-a-kind natural durability

Redwood is inherently durable. Redwood is naturally resistant to insects and decay. Additionally, Redwood has excellent “dimensional stability,” which means that it shrinks and swells less than other woods when exposed to water. Wood acts like a sponge. When it absorbs moisture it swells and when it loses moisture it shrinks. Redwood has thinner cell walls which shrink and swell less than other woods. This means redwood is less likely to warp, split, cup or check.

3. Redwood stays strong and stable for decades with easy maintenance

Redwood is a favorite with builders because it is lightweight, yet strong. It is easy to saw, nail and drill. Redwood has little or no messy pitch or resins. Use redwood because it is easy to paint, stain and glue. No other softwood holds paints, stains and other coatings better than redwood.

Easy maintenance of redwood is also possible when it comes to finishing your project. You may decide to choose the no-maintenance option and let your redwood fence age naturally, taking on a soft, weathered look over time. Conversely, you may decide to keep the surface color of your panels looking like new with a finish that accentuates the unique characteristics of the wood.

Redwood’s unique cell structure allows it to hold finishes better than other woods. Redwood’s natural properties of easy maintenance mean you can simply refinish your redwood structure every few years to keep it looking like new. In addition, redwood does not stain in the same way fake woods do. You can worry less about barbeque grease, red wine or condiments spilling on your deck.


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