How Does Cedar Compare To Other Products?
Compared to other products like plastic composite decking, virgin vinyl, brick, PVC, and fiber cement, cedar has a much longer service life. Additionally, cedar has a softer and smaller environmental footprint and is made from renewable resources. In comparison, the other products listed are composed of nonrenewable resources. Another positive about cedar is it does not have to be pressure teated to last a long time in exterior applications.
We don’t recommend other materials because the top-coat (primer and paint) is the only thing protecting the material. Suppose you poke holes in the wood for Christmas Lights that will compromise the top-coat primer and shorten the service life. For products like SPF, Composite, and Pure PVC, that means letting water seep in through holes damaging the structure.
Misconceptions about Cedar
When working on trim and fascia, a common misconception is that cedar is not structurally sound and doesn’t have quite the load-bearing capacity as Douglas Fir or Hemlock Western. Cedar can be used structurally and is excellent for outdoor use with its durability and stability. With the ingrown preservatives, cedar contains in its heartwood, that allows the wood to resists rot, decay, and insects. So, the next time you look to get repairs done on your house, make sure the right materials are being used throughout the project. Otherwise, you could be forced into re-doing the job in the near future.