Your redwood deck is an important transitional space between your home and yard that should reflect your own personal style and be a comfortable, functional place to relax and entertain. The possibilities are endless. today’s decks can be beautiful, expansive spaces for family members to spend quality time together.
Be sure to choose quality materials. Redwood is a classic for decks because it is great looking, resists weathering and is easy to saw and use. The heartwood grades naturally resist insects and decay. Redwood has no chemical additives and resists warping and splitting better than other woods.
The rugged, knot-textured garden grades, which are more economical than architectural grades, are ideal for outdoor structures. Choose an all-heartwood grade such as Construction Heart or Deck Heart for applications on or near the ground. The sapwood-streaked grades, Construction Common and Deck Common, for example, are good choices for above-ground uses such as deck boards. For more lumber grade details, click the “Redwood Grades” link on the right of the page.