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When choosing a material for your new deck construction, consider red cedar, a real hardwood that offers exceptional beauty and durability. Red cedar’s natural rich texture and warm luster is a great option for those homeowners looking to create visual harmony between a new deck and the existing landscape. Red cedar is a species native to coastal regions, especially the Pacific Northwest, making the wood naturally resistant to moisture and humidity.
One of the world’s most durable woods, red cedar is naturally resistant to not only moisture, but also decay and insect damage. Its natural resistance makes it an ideal decking material for high moisture areas and all elements, including sun, rain, heat and cold. Its durability and stability results from its low density and shrinkage factors, meaning that the wood will lie flat, stay straight and hold fastenings. While red cedar is indeed durable and strong, it is known as a soft hardwood, meaning that it is lightweight and easily cut and formed. Red cedar also stays cool to the touch in the sun and allows for easy cleanup of any spills.
There’s no denying red cedar’s beauty. Its warm amber tone ages to a seasoned, rustic silver hue, provided the wood has not been stained. It even emits a pleasant, woodsy scent. Contact Hal Co Fence Company for more information on using red cedar for your Northern Virginia deck. Established in 1981, Hal Co Fence has installed thousands of quality fences, decks, and screened porches throughout the Northern Virginia area, in such communities as Oakton, Great Falls, Reston and Woodbridge.