Why Redwoods Make Great Decks

Best Rate Repair Really Gets Into Redwood

Best Rate Repair Really Gets Into Redwood

I recently had the opportunity to visit the beautiful redwood forests of California with my family. Viewing these incredibly tall and majestic trees got me thinking about why redwoods make one of the best deck building materials.

I often recommend redwood decks to my clients, because redwood lumber is highly resistant to insects and fungi and is also well-known for its higher-than-average longevity.


There are hundreds of different insects that feed on wood. Common woods used in decking like oak and pine are high susceptible to most of these creatures, especially termites which are responsible for billions of dollars of structural damage in the United States each year (see my previous blog post on decks and termites).

Amazingly, redwood lumber has shown a consistent resistance to termite and other insect attacks.  The reason is thought to be the presence of a chemical known as tannin in redwoods. Tannin is what gives the redwood its reddish pigment. Termites and other insects seem to be repelled by tannin, making a redwood deck a great bet when termite season comes around.


The high percentage of tannin contained in redwood lumber is also thought to make it resistant to fungus, another enemy of decks everywhere. Fungi feed on wood, causing it to slowly decay if the fungus infection is not caught in time. Once fungus starts to spread, it can mean the end of your deck.

With its natural resistance to fungus, a redwood deck gives its owner one less thing to worry about.

These Babies Get Big!

These Babies Get Big!


Because wood is a natural, organic substance, it will break down over time, no matter how well you care for it. Redwood lumber, however, is one of the longest-lasting wood species in my experience. The same properties that help it repel insects and fungus mean that it will usually outlast many other types of wood.

Redwood lumber is the perfect material for a homeowner looking to build a high-quality deck that will last for decades to come (assuming that the homeowner gives their deck the proper maintenance and care).

So, in summary, I like building with redwood a lot. Not only does it make a great decking material for all the reasons I listed above, but it is also a handsome-looking wood that will provide pleasing ascetic results as well.

Also, if you get a chance, I highly recommend visiting the redwood forests. It will remind you of the natural beauty of our country.

Redwood lumber for your deck

Redwood lumber for your deck

If you’re interested in learning more about redwood decks, call Best Rate Repair for a free deck consultation at (619) 229-0117 or contact us through our website.


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4 Responses to Why Redwoods Make Great Decks

  1. SEO Melbourne July 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    Just a quick note to let you know that I liked what I read. Cheers!

  2. EthanAllen July 31, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    It is definitely right that redwood can make excellent decks. Your post contains good information about redwoods. I deeply get interested each single piece of facts you post here.

  3. Christiane Holmquist August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    You are right about Redwood; it is a beautiful material that feels wonderful under foot; knowing where it comes from gives it, in my eyes, an added attraction. And the efforts to harvest it sustainably are great.


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