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What Makes Redwood Decking So Special?

Despite its name, the sapwood of redwood lumber is actually nearly white to pale yellow. The heartwood, however, is light cherry red to dark red-brown or mahogany in tone. This tree has a variable grain, with slow growth wood producing a straight, even grain and secondary growth wood producing an un-even grain, which may be wavy in rare cases. Redwod burls are common, and can be up to 6 feet across. This lumber has an extremely variable texture and may have alternating zones of compression growth and normal wood in the same piece.

Redwood has high dimensional stability and maintains its shape well even in extreme weather. It is naturally resistant to decay by fungi and attack by wood eating insects. Redwood sapwood and heartwood both take preservative treatments well. This material is relatively soft, scoring only about 480 on the Janka hardness scale, with a shearing strenght of only 940 pounds per square inch.

The natural oils present in redwood make it resistant to attacks by fungus, molds and insects. The wood resists rot caused by moisture , although sapwood prone to rot if it is exposed to moisture for long periods. Consequently, some redwood milling companies cuta slight arc to each board so that water can run off easily. The life span of redwod in outdoor projects is about 20 years.

 
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