Durability in Pacific Northwest Climate
The advantages of Western Red Cedar go beyond aesthetic.
Cedar stands out among coniferous woods in is superior resistance to warping, twisting, and checking.(1) Additionally, it has a very low shrinkage factor, making it perfect for Vancouver homes.
Long prized by the native peoples of the Pacific coast for its outstanding longevity and ability to withstand weather conditions, cedar stands as one of the primary elements they have used for building, century-after-century. In fact, many indigenous cedar artifacts are still in excellent condition today.(1)
In addition to its long-lasting qualities, cedar can also be easily touched up at any time to remove any accidental dings or scratches.
Once properly finished, cedar decks require little overall maintenance, provided they are built with adequate drainage. A springtime washing will usually do the job!