Discover the Pros and Cons of Cedar Decking Compared to Other Popular Decking Materials

 

Decking materials have come a long way in recent years, offering homeowners a variety of options when it comes to creating their dream outdoor living space. From composite materials to traditional wood decking, each type has its own set of pros and cons that must be considered before making a final decision. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at one of the most popular types of decking materials: cedar.

What is Cedar Decking?

Cedar is a type of softwood that is commonly used for decking due to its natural resistance to rot, decay, and insects. Cedar decking is available in both clear and knotty grades, with clear cedar being the more expensive option due to its uniform appearance. Cedar is also a naturally beautiful wood that comes in a warm, reddish-brown color that is well suited for outdoor use.

Pros of Cedar Decking

  1. Natural Beauty

One of the biggest advantages of cedar decking is its natural beauty. The warm, reddish-brown color of cedar creates a welcoming and inviting outdoor living space that is sure to impress your guests. This type of decking is also known for its unique grain patterns and knots, which provide a beautiful, natural look that is unmatched by other types of decking materials.

  1. Durability

Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insects, which means that it is a durable choice for your decking needs. Cedar decking can last for decades with proper care and maintenance, making it a worthwhile investment for your home.

  1. Cost-Effective

Compared to other types of decking materials, cedar is relatively inexpensive, making it an affordable option for homeowners who want to create a beautiful outdoor living space without breaking the bank.

  1. Environmentally Friendly

Cedar is a renewable resource that is sustainably grown, making it a more environmentally friendly choice for your decking needs. Additionally, cedar is biodegradable, which means that it will naturally break down over time, unlike composite materials that can take years to decompose.

Cons of Cedar Decking

  1. Maintenance

Cedar decking requires regular maintenance, including cleaning and staining, to keep it looking its best. This type of decking is also prone to warping, splitting, and cracking if it is not properly maintained.

  1. Color Change

Cedar decking can fade over time, which means that it may not look the same in ten years as it did when it was first installed. Additionally, cedar can turn gray over time, which can detract from its natural beauty.

  1. Susceptibility to Weather

Cedar is susceptible to moisture, which means that it can warp or rot if it is not properly sealed and protected from the elements. Additionally, cedar can become slippery when wet, which can be a safety hazard for homeowners.

Other Popular Decking Materials

Composite Decking

Composite decking is a popular alternative to cedar decking due to its durability and low maintenance requirements. This type of decking is made from a mixture of recycled wood fibers and plastic, which makes it resistant to rot, decay, and insects. Additionally, composite decking is available in a variety of colors and finishes, making it easy to match with your existing décor.

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