Cedar is considered a maintenance free material, because it is not necessary to maintain it in order to keep the desired structural properties. Cedar wood has natural chemicals within itself that protect it from the acts of fungus rot, even if it is cracked.
The task of keeping a cedar deck looking like new is, however, a big challenge. If you do not mind the grey look cedar attains over time, then this is definitely the right material for you. If you want to preserve the natural look of cedar, you have to stain it every 1-2 years, depending on what kind of stain you use.
Cedar wood, for its superior properties, is suitable for both substructure and superstructure. Cedar wood is also most commonly used in combination with low maintenance or maintenance free materials for railing and skirting.
Cedar Custom Knotty
Most commonly used, this category of knotty decking combines the high manufacturing standards required for deck boards with a hole-free knotty appearance. This category limits the size and quality of characteristics to provide an economical and enjoyable knotty deck.
Cedar Architect Knotty
Rustic charm at its best. This sound and tight knotted decking limits both the size and quality of characteristics. The smooth, skip-free dressing over the entire face makes it the ideal deck surface. The top choice where the natural beauty and lasting charm of a knotty deck are desired.
Cedar Custom Clear
A quality product that combines the stability and durability of Western Red Cedar with a sophisticated clear appearance that will please the most discriminating taste. Its finely machined surface shows limited characteristics which do not detract from its natural good looks.
Cedar Architect Clear
The ultimate in durability and appearance. Its fine grained appearance will meet the needs of the most demanding clients. All aspects of manufacturing and quality control are performed to the highest standards of the lumber industry. Architect Clear decking should be specified when only the best will suffice.