Redwood is the best choice for decking in wood.  Redwood has grown-in preservatives that give it both resistance to rot and insects.  It is also the most stable of all softwoods.  It will not warp, cup, or split like other woods will with moisture.  Redwood is available in a wide variety of grades for an endless number of uses. 

The grade of redwood that we stock for decking, and other outdoor projects, is construction heart.  This is the best choice for our climate because it does not allow for any sapwood.  The heartwood is the only part of a redwood tree that carries the resistance to decay and insects.  We also stock a clear grade call Heart B.  This grade will also be all heartwood with a limited number of knots or blemishes allowed in a board.  Heart B is generally requested for more finished work or accent pieces, such as handrails or benches.   

Grown and milled predominantly in the upper Pacific region, Redwood is an attractive and popular choice for a variety of projects. Redwood has many of the same characteristics as Cedar, the primary difference being Redwood’s broad range of color—pinkish-blonde to deep, rich red.

Exceptionally durable, Redwood is resistant to insects, decay, and weathering; also, its natural preservatives prevent excessive warping, splitting, and cracking in response to moisture or extreme temperatures. Treated Redwood remains like new for decades, while untreated Redwood weathers to an attractive silvery hue. No matter the project—small or large, indoors or outdoors, residential or commercial—Californian Redwood is guaranteed to do the job beautifully.

Fasteners for Redwood:

Hot-dipped galvanized, aluminum and stainless steel fasteners are all corrosion-resistant and can be used to fasten Redwood or Cedar.  Other types of nails and screws are not recommended.  They can rust and disintegrate and react adversely with the natural preservative oils present in Redwood and Cedar resulting in unsightly stains and streaks.  Stainless steel fasteners are the best choice, especially if the wood is to be finished with transparent or semi-transparent stain.  Use No. 304 stainless steel for general applications and No. 316 for seaside exposure.

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