Humboldt Redwood Decking is the Local Choice for California Builders
Redwood is one of nature’s best building materials
SANTA ROSA, CA (March 26, 2019) – Competition in the decking space has never been fiercer. With man-made decking manufacturers popping up seemingly overnight, offering too many product formulations, colors, and sizes to count, deciding which decking to specify or install can be a real challenge. Luckily for builders and other specifiers in California, the best decking material is a local one. Humboldt Redwood, the leading manufacturer and distributor of redwood decking, elaborates.
“Humboldt Redwood is one of nature’s finest and strongest building materials with shear strength up to five times greater than plastic or composite decking,” explains Jessica Hewitt, Director of Marketing. “But it has always been its natural beauty that has set it apart—nature got it right the first time. The beauty of redwood is legendary.”
Much lighter weight than plastics, composites, or tropical hardwoods, Humboldt Redwood can be easily cut, sawed, drilled, and nailed with regular woodworking tools. Yet for all that lightness, Humboldt Redwood stands up to the elements with natural durability. Properly maintained, a Humboldt Redwood deck could last anywhere from 25-40 years.
Dimensionally stable, Humboldt Redwood resists warping, cupping, and checking, all while staying comfortable to bare feet even on the hottest, sunniest days. Redwood has also been thoroughly tested and conforms to ASTM E-84, Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials Class B flame spread. Redwood decking Construction Common and better grades are approved for use in California’s Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas without restriction as defined in California Building Code Chapter 7A, Materials and Construction Methods for Exterior Wildfire Exposure.
Humboldt Redwood products are grown and harvested in a responsible, ethical manner with an eye for long-term sustainability. Redwood logs are harvested at a level consistently below the forests’ annual growth rate and Humboldt Redwood replants trees annually; two methods that ensure Humboldt Redwood will be a renewable resource for years to come. And, unlike plastic and composite decking products, Humboldt Redwood can be recycled throughout its useful life. It is also biodegradable and will not end up in landfills.
Redwood Deck Grades
Redwood decking is typically offered in heartwood and sapwood grades. Within the heartwood and sapwood grades there are further designations for architectural and garden grades. Detailed redwood grade specifications may be found in the 2019 Standard Specifications for Grades of California Redwood Lumber published by the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA).
Heartwood Architectural Grades
The finest grades of redwood decking containing only heartwood. Featuring limited knots and other natural characteristics, typical grades including Heart Clear and Heart B. May be used on or near soil.
Sapwood Architectural Grades
The finest grades of redwood decking containing a mix of heartwood and sapwood. Featuring limited knots and other natural characteristics, typical grades including Clear and B Grade. Specified for above-ground applications only.
Heartwood Garden Grades
Economical redwood decking grades containing only heartwood. Featuring knots and other natural characteristics, typical grades include Selected Heart and Construction Heart. May be used on or near soil.
Sapwood Garden Grades
Economical redwood decking grades containing a mix of heartwood and sapwood. Featuring knots and other natural characteristics, typical grades include Selected Common and Construction Common. Specified for above-ground applications only.
Humboldt Redwood offers deck boards in 2”x4” and 2”x6” dimension in lengths up to 20 feet. Available green or dry, and surfaced four sides (S4S). Deck accessories also available. Humboldt Redwood products are available at independent lumber yards and home improvement retailers throughout California. Architects, builders, contractors, and developers specifying projects with redwood decking are encouraged to contact a Humboldt Redwood dealer. We will work with your designs and specifications to custom produce Humboldt Redwood decking for your important projects.
Please visit www.GetRedwood.com to learn more.
About The Mendocino Family of Companies
The Mendocino Family of Companies (Allweather Wood, Humboldt Redwood Company, Mendocino Forest Products Company, and Mendocino Redwood Company) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of environmentally certified redwood, Douglas-fir, and preservative treated lumber products throughout California and the Western U.S. Our culture is based in environmental stewardship and community support. The company maintains Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C013133) certification for its forestlands, manufacturing, and distribution operations. Please visit www.MendoCo.com to learn more.
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