Maintenance

Help Your Rot-Resistant Lumber Last Longer

Beautiful and naturally durable wood species will stand the test of time with proper maintenance
By Kurt Anderson
Published: August 5, 2014
rot-resistant lumber cedar decking maintenance
PROTECT IT – The cedar used to build this deck is naturally resistant to rot, but it still needs a varnish clearcoat with UV protection every 1–2 years. Typically, darker tint stains provide more UV resistance.
Photo by Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
Cedar, redwood, cypress and other naturally rot-resistant woods are often hailed as the premier choice when building outside structures like decks, arbors or saunas. They have beautiful color and grain, are often aromatic, and their chemical structure can make them immune to insect and fungal pests.  

However, naturally resistant wood species are not guaranteed to last any longer than pressure- or green-treated lumber. Here are some ways to help ensure your natural, beautiful and expensive wood lasts for decades, not years. 
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