Western Red Cedar Decking

Western Red Cedar (WRC) is an excellent choice for exterior uses, such as siding and decking. WRC is lightweight, easy to work with, and is naturally resistant to moisture, decay and insect damage. This species has a beautiful warm grain and the ability to take a variety of coatings (stains, primers, and topcoats).

Decks made of WRC are beautiful, traditional, and have a long lifespan compared to competing decking materials. Composite deckings are appealing with their low maintenance quality, however, these man-made materials can release harmful greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. WRC decking is a renewable and biodegradable material, that actually removes harmful greenhouse gasses from the air! Also unlike composites, wood decks come with the ability to refinish, allowing for color changes and easy touch-up options for pesky scratches.

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  • Specie: Western Red Cedar
  • Janka Rating: 350
  • Thickness: 4/4, 5/4 (contact us for larger thicknesses)
  • Widths: 6”-12”
  • Lengths: 8’-20’
  • Grade: CVG, A &Btr, C& Btr, Select Knotty, Knotty
  • Kiln Dried: Kiln Dried
  • Solid Wood or Engineered: Solid
  • Lumber Source: Sourced from New York state, originating Pacific Northwest US and Canada
  • Coating Options: Available un-coated or pre-coated; custom colors available
  • Character: ranges from pink-red, to yellow-red, to brown-red depending on grade
  • Texture: ranges from straight vertical grain, to cathedral grain patterns, to knotty appearance based on grade


> So What is Janka Rating?

The Janka Hardness Test measures how many pounds of force it takes to embed a .444” steel ball halfway into a piece of wood. This is helpful in determining if a wood specie is suitable for flooring. Harder wood species have higher numbers. Red Oak is our industry-standard for comparing different species. It has a Janka rating of 1290. Most hardwoods and many types of softwood are suitable for use as flooring, especially with proper install, coatings, and maintenance. Please note that all wood will dent with a forceful enough impact.

An example from Hypertextbook.com:

"Humans will only have one foot on the ground while walking. Estimate that the area of the heel on a man's shoe is 10in². When he walks, a 200 lb. man exerts 20 psi because the weight is supported momentarily by the heel. A 100 lb. woman exerts many more psi when she wears heels. Depending on the area of the heel, she can exert as much as 1600 psi under a 'stiletto heel' ¼ inch on a side. This explains why people with wood floors don't want women walking on them in high heels.”

> Why do we insist on Kiln Drying?
  • Wood is sterilized and insects are killed during this process. While some reclaimed wood is quite dry we must take this step to ensure that insects will not be moving into your home.
  • Kiln dried wood absorbs coatings better. In fact, coatings will last longer.
  • Kiln drying wood decreases shrinkage and movement in service. Non-kiln dried wood may shrink and de-form as it loses moisture from its environment.

Decreased weight makes for easier handling and installations.

Note: There is no way to prevent wood from absorbing water and releasing water into its environment. Trees are designed to drink water and this property can’t be completely diminished. Kiln drying is an important step in reducing (not eliminating) movement in your floors.

> Order Process

Upon inquiry, we will provide a written quote for approval and acceptance. Please review the quote carefully and verify that all quantities, species, sizes are what you ordered. The written quote must be signed and the required deposit must be received by Excelsior to initiate the order.