Deck Built with Western Red Cedar Question

WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8aApril 30, 2012

Having to have our deck rebuilt. Contractor I am considering would use Western Red Cedar.

Is that wood good for a deck?

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millworkman

What part of the deck is he planning on using the Western Red Cedar for?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 10:14AM
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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

To the best of my understanding, all of the deck: flooring, handrails, pergola, lattice, etc.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 10:15AM
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millworkman

My main question was the deck framing not being built from WRC as it is a soft wood and not strong enough for substructure. No issues at all from my end on using it for any of the above as a matter of fact it is very often used as your describing it.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 12:24PM
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ntruro

Be aware that WRC will turn grey within a year.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 8:25AM
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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

Thank you very much millworkman. I am going to query the contractor to find out what they will use for the deck framing as that was not listed in the estimate. I don't know if he plans on using the current framing or not, but will find out.

Ntruro, I don't mind the grey at all, but thanks for the insite.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 11:27AM
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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

Just got the info that the deck graming will be treated ground contact pine. Does that sound like it will be okay?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 12:19PM
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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

Sorry, the word should have been framing not graming. Is treated ground contact pine a good choice for the framing?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 12:21PM
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Jumpilotmdm

Some Cabot stain will arrest, or help that graying.
Be aware, WRC is soft compared to other woods, so moving furniture, walking in heels are considerations.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 9:20AM
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millworkman

Treated Ground Contact Pine would be the correct choice for the framing.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 12:12PM
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