Friday, 19 February 2016
Advantages of Decay Resistant Cedar Lumber
The species of lumber you use, especially for outdoor applications makes a big difference not only in the look but in the quality and longevity of your installations. Cedar lumber is one of the most commonly used materials not only for log homes but also for decks and outdoor platforms. It offers stability, efficiency, and extreme durability, and it can withstand the different seasons. Cedar lumber is also naturally decay and rot resistant, making it all the more practical and low-maintenance. In addition to decay-resistance, cedar also resists insects and has the highest R-value per inch out of other wood species used for these applications.
Durability and rot and insect resistance are among the main advantages of cedar lumber. Because it naturally produces oils, cedar wood is self-preserving. The same oils also help resist insects. Its durability is also unrivaled, especially when used for siding, roof shingles, fence posts, decks, and log homes. This natural oil-producing characteristic isn't found in pine and other commonly used wood, which makes them more susceptible to rotting, decay, and insect damage.
Cedar also has a lower moisture content, meaning they can be dried out fairly quickly. When logs dry fast, they reduce the need for constant checking for natural cracks, reducing time and work needed to complete a project. Cedar also has an R-Value of 1.4 per inch—this means it resists heat transfer better than most woods. This high R-Value also contributes to its ability to absorb, store, and release heat. Finally, cedar lumber is highly accessible and sustainable, making it a widely available material that isn't difficult to source. With vast resources for this kind of high-quality material, you save a great deal of time and money from having to wait for materials to complete your decking or flooring installations or any other indoor/outdoor projects you may have at hand.