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Redwood - Lumber And Building Materials

Redwood is a softwood that has a reddish look. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of Redwood lumber that was used for the decking of this beautiful deck. Redwood is one of the most popular materials used for outdoor projects.

Isn't Redwood Expensive?

Yes, I believe that it is. They actually sell a construction standard Redwood that is reasonably priced, but you could be dealing with some serious lumber imperfections. Actually, the picture above looks like construction standard Redwood, with one exception. It looks like someone hand selected the premium pieces or paid a little more money at their local lumber yard.

You can purchase clear heart redwood, but it brings a whole new meaning to the word expensive. About five years ago I was waiting to pick something up at a lumber yard, when I noticed a price tag under a stack of lumber that said $45.

I was puzzled, but couldn't believe that the entire stack of lumber was being sold for $45, so I put my detective cap on and took a closer look. Wow, I couldn't believe my eyes, $45 for one 2 x 6 that was 12 foot long. Holy smokes, could you imagine building a wood deck out of something like this and making a few bad cuts?

You can put Redwood in the same category as gasoline and plan on the price only going in one direction, in the future. I would imagine if you bought a piece of Redwood today, you could probably sell it for more in the future.


Disadvantages For Using Redwood

There's one less thing I would like to mention about Redwood, it's soft and easy to scratch. It doesn't matter whether you use it for your decking, siding or stairs.

You can actually take your fingernail and write your name in almost anything made out of Redwood. That's how soft it is. Think twice before using it in high traffic areas.


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