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Old 08-26-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Anyone have experience with this type of cedar? Good, bad, otherwise? It's a white cedar from what I can find out, just curious on life span for decking as I've never heard of this type before.

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Incense cedar might be worth considering for some of the deck but it is fairly soft and is perhaps not the best of choices for the actual decking. The heartwood is nice looking and takes finishes really well. When working on the West Coast I used it quite a bit, for awhile, to make landscape lighting fixtures and things like that.

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So something that won't get a lot of traffic or wear would be a good use for it?
Thanks for the info.
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So something that won't get a lot of traffic or wear would be a good use for it?
Thanks for the info.
Something like Port Orford Cedar would be a better decking choice in my opinion but it depends on how much wear the deck will get I guess. And budget. I certainly went through thousands of board feet of redwood for decks and furniture at a hardness around 420. Here are some Jenka hardness ratings for comparison.

350 - Western Red Cedar
470 - Incense Cedar
630 - Port Orford Cedar

420 - Redwood

380 - Northern/Eastern White Pine
420 - Idaho White Pine
690 - Southern Minor Pine
870 - Southern Major Pine

660 - Douglas Fir

From there you start getting into synthetics or hardwoods for exterior use like teak with a hardness rating of 3500 or so.

Composite and engineered strand bamboo actually makes beautiful low maintenance decking and is way up on the hardness scale up around 3,000! It is not too terribly pricey either and some of it comes with incredible warranties on both materials and finish. The nicely engineered material has hidden fastening systems too. Like anything look for quality and you will not find it in box stores. Some of the non-slip profiles are really nice for wet areas.


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Budget is definitely a factor. This will be a 16x16 deck with a hot tub on it, I was figuring on 2x decking, whatever type of cedar I go with. I have not seen what bamboo would look like, will need to google it. I will have the need for 5/4x6 or 1x6 as well as maybe some 2x4 boards, the lumber would need to come in these dimensions as well.

Not too terribly pricey can have a lot of different definitions.
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The bamboo doesn't look too bad, at least the BamDeck stuff. A quick search and I found it around 3.24/1x6x8' board (3/4"x5/12").

Any idea how hot the surface would get in full sun? Air temp around 95-100. Curious if it would be painful when barefooted.

Good suggestion. I think it would look fine with cedar around it.

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