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Timbers for Decking & Pergolas

When you want to build a new deck or pergola, all the decisions can feel overwhelming. One of the first decisions you’ll make is what materials the decking or pergola will be constructed from. You’ve likely heard of both cedar and Douglas fir, which are two extremely popular types of wood timbers to use for new construction. Learning about these two types of wood, their characteristics, and their advantages and disadvantages can help you decide which to choose for your project.

Cedar Vs. Douglas Fir – The Basics

The height of the coniferous Douglas fir, a popular Christmas tree, may range from 40 to 200 feet. It has a straight trunk covered in reddish-brown bark that is sometimes rough and sometimes scaly. Short and pliant needles cover the tree, and cones dangle from the branches like ornaments.

Cedar, like Douglas fir, is a conifer, although it normally tops out at a height of 20-80 feet. It has thin, flaky bark that peels off in a reddish-brown color at the slightest touch. Its long, pliable needles and rising, rather than drooping, cones are immediately recognizable.

Douglas fir and cedar have several characteristics in common despite their different origins and minor differences. Age and geographic location determine the wood’s color, which may vary from pale yellowish green to a deep crimson.

Both kinds of wood have beautiful, linear grain patterns and a medium toughness despite their small weight. In addition, the inherent oils in cedar and Douglas fir make them sturdy against rot and weathering. This is an important consideration when selecting wood for an outside purpose.

The durability of a given piece of wood relies on its individual history and environment more than on the kind of wood it is. However, cedar is often somewhat tougher than Douglas fir.

Rough Cedar Timbers

Characteristics

Even those not knowledgeable about wood know that cedar has a pleasant aroma. But when it comes to outdoor construction, nothing beats cedar wood. Cedarwood gives a luxurious and elegant aesthetic that will endure for years, making it ideal for all garden buildings, including fences, decks, and pergolas. Because of how little care is needed over time, you may use your garden or outdoor building longer without worrying about costly repairs. Cedar wood is a great material for designing an attractive outdoor area with all its benefits.

Advantages

  • Cedar timber has excellent natural properties, including resistance to rot, decomposition, and weather.
  • Cedar’s rich tones and smooth grain make for lovely flooring and siding that exude coziness. As a result, cedar is often used for these purposes and more.
  • Cedar is a good option for staining since it takes stains more readily than pine or oak.
  • Cedar also helps prevent infestations because of its inherent insect-repellent characteristics.

Disadvantages

  • Cedar’s higher price tag is its biggest drawback.
  • Due in part to harvesting procedures, it is often more costly than many other kinds of wood. When building a new house or working on a substantial project, cedar costs may increase quickly. It’s possible that cedar will provide better long-term protection from the effects of weather, but it’ll cost more upfront.

Rough Douglas Fir Timbers

Characteristics

The range of the Douglas fir tree extends from Alaska to California and even as far east as British Columbia in Western North America. It has a light pinkish-brown to red-brown hue with a linear, compact grain.

Douglas fir is a great option for outdoor projects like decks, patios, and fences since it is resistant to decay and can tolerate harsh climates. Its adaptability makes it a good option for those who are pressed for time yet want to produce high-quality work.

Advantages

  • DIYers and homeowners on a tight budget will love Douglas fir for its attractive grain pattern and low cost.
  • The strength of this species makes it ideal for construction projects that need long-lasting, rock-solid support. The fact that it’s so light makes it great for use in residential buildings.
  • When you’re done, you’ll be pleased with how simple it is to work with and how good your home appears. The wood is not only low-maintenance but also resistant to insects and water.
  • In addition, the home will hold its worth well, so you won’t have problems selling it down the road.

Disadvantages

  • Decks must be sealed or stained frequently to prevent the delicate fibers from wearing away and producing a scaly, splinter-prone surface.
  • Commercial wood plantations favor Douglas fir due to its low cost. As a result of its rising demand, young Douglas fir trees, which produce inferior quality timber, are being cut down.
  • It’s more difficult to shape and needs a lengthy kiln drying procedure. Warping, splintering, and form loss over time are among additional issues that may arise from Douglas fir’s wide pores.

Which Will You Choose?

When deciding on timbers for your new decking or pergola project, you can’t go wrong with either cedar or Douglas fir. Your decision must weigh the costs, advantages, and disadvantages, such as maintenance requirements. Both Cedar and Douglas fir are great choices for outdoor projects. If you still can’t decide, a DeckIt representative will happily speak with you to answer all your remainingquestions.

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