For many purists, the ONLY decking choice for real wood is cedar. From shabby-chic to an authentic-rustic style, all-natural cedar decking provides outstanding visual and structural appeal.
Cedar Deck, Railing and Balusters with Gable Roof by Archadeck
Appreciated by homeowners and carpenters alike, cedar packs a 1-2-3 punch.
It is rich in color, has a natural beauty and is chemical and preservative-free to withstand insect infestation, rot and decay.
When compared to other building materials, cedar is more costly than pressure treated lumber but less pricey than synthetics or hardwoods.
For many St. Louis homeowners, cedar is often the ‘sweet-spot,’ budget-wise.
In terms of maintenance, cedar needs TLC but the process is straight-forward.
As a natural softwood, cedar requires annual power washing and a finishing coat every few years to protect the surface from damage. To spiff-up its natural color, apply a cedar-toned stain; otherwise, it will weather to a nice, soft and silvery gray patina.
So you’ve decided on cedar… so what comes next? Rails.
Cedar Deck with Fortress Railing by Archadeck
If you love a uniform appearance why not choose, not only cedar decking but, cedar rails and balusters too? (above)
And for added privacy, include a cedar wall where needed. (below)
Looking for a variation?
Change-up the balusters and pair cedar rails with sleek metal pickets, cable, tube or glass infill.
Would you prefer low maintenance railing? If so, combine traditional cedar decking with composite or vinyl rails. White is fashionable, crisp, clean, bright. Black is contemporary, bold, masculine.
Do you love elegance? Then wrought iron rails will do the trick.
As you can see, there is no shortage of possibilities when it comes to color, size and style!
Cedar Deck with Decorative Rails by Archadeck
Cedar is aesthetically pleasing.
It’s versatile and complements most any type of home and décor.
Unlike brick, cement and synthetic decking, cedar is natural, sustainable and biodegradable.
With proper maintenance and care, this decking material is durable and long-lasting, offering a high return-on-investment when it comes time to sell your home.
And it’s simple to gussy-up your cedar deck with decorative rails, interesting décor and landscaping to stay current with trends that reflect your design preference.
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