Wood Decking Products
Natural wood decking product are a popular choice for homeowners looking to enhance their outdoor living spaces. Made from high-quality woods, such as cedar or redwood, natural wood decking provides a durable and attractive surface for your deck.
Bear Creek Lumber can offer a wide range of decking products in both softwoods and hardwoods. Our most common decking species that we do sell are going to be Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Port Orford Cedar, Redwood & Ipe. Each of these woods work great for exterior applications in various climates and architectural designs. Other species that we do offer include Incense Cedar, Teak, Jatoba & Cumaru.
The most common decking sizes are going to be nominally sized 5/4×4, 5/4×6, 2×4 and 2×6. We can provide wider or thinner decking planks as well upon request. The most common pattern for decking is going to be material that is Surfaced Four Sides (S4S) and has radius edges.
Softwood Decking Products
Our softwood decking products are available in both clear and knotty grades.
Whether you need clear or knotty fiber is often a personal preference on the look you are going for comparative to the budget you have set out for the deck project. As a general ballpark factor, you can expect clear material is going to be roughly twice the cost of knotty material.
Western Red Cedar decking is a durable and resilient choice, naturally resistant to decay, insects, and weather-related damage. Its rich, warm color and unique grain patterns also provide a timeless, natural aesthetic that can enhance the beauty of any outdoor living space. This wood contains a natural preservative oil which renders its heartwood resistive to decay and gives it durability without artificial preservative treatment
Alaskan Yellow Cedar decking is renowned for its exceptional strength and resistance to weather and insects, making it a long-lasting choice for outdoor use. Its unique yellow color, straight grain, and uniform texture not only lend a distinctive charm but also make it easy to work with, whether you're staining, painting, or leaving it to naturally silver over time. This decking material stands up to constant wear and load impacts without forming ridges or splitting. It does not splinter, so it is also used on stadium seating.
Port Orford Cedar decking stands out for its incredible durability and resistance to rot, attributes that make it ideal for outdoor settings exposed to harsh weather. Beyond its strength, this cedar variety also boasts a light yellow hue and a pleasing scent, adding an aesthetic and sensory appeal to your decking project. This species is exceptionally strong for a softwood. In tests for crushing strength, bending, shearing strength and side hardness, Port Orford outperformed all other cedars and Redwood. Specifically 45% stronger than Redwood or Western Red Cedar in impact bending and 30% stronger in crushing strength.
Decking materials can come both green and kiln dried. If you plan to stain your materials prior to installation you will want to ordered kiln dried material or order it soon enough that you can have some time for drying at your jobsite prior to installation.
Hardwood Decking Products
Hardwoods are generally only available in clear grades.
Ipe decking is renowned for its exceptional durability, resistance to insects and rot, and stunning rich brown tones, making it a highly sought-after choice for a long-lasting, beautiful deck.
Here are some of the most important benefits of natural wood decking:
Natural beauty: this decking material provides a warm and inviting appearance that adds character and charm to your outdoor living space. The natural variations in color and texture give each piece of decking a unique look, making your deck stand out from the rest. Natural wood can also be stained or painted to match your home’s color scheme, making it a versatile option that can fit any design aesthetic.
Durability: Natural woods, such as cedar or redwood, are naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insects. This makes them a durable option that can withstand the elements and maintain their beauty for many years. Unlike composite decking, which can crack or fade over time, natural wood will age and weather beautifully, giving your deck a unique and timeless look that will stand the test of time.
Low maintenance: Natural wood decking requires very little maintenance compared to composite decking. Simply clean it periodically with a mild detergent and water, and reapply a finish as needed to keep it looking its best. Additionally, natural wood decking is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insects, so you won’t have to worry about costly repairs or replacements.
Environmentally friendly: Natural wood decking is a sustainable and environmentally friendly option for your home. Unlike composite decking, which is made from a mixture of plastic and wood fibers, natural wood decking is made from a renewable resource. Additionally, natural wood decking is biodegradable, so it won’t contribute to the growing problem of plastic waste in the environment.
Adds value to your home: Natural wood decking adds value to your home by enhancing your outdoor living space and increasing your home’s overall curb appeal. Whether you’re looking to sell your home in the future or simply want to enjoy your outdoor living space for many years to come, natural wood decking is a great investment.
Easy to install: Natural wood decking is easy to install, making it a cost-effective option for your home. With the right tools and some basic carpentry skills, you can install your own natural wood decking, saving you time and money on installation costs. Additionally, natural wood decking is lightweight and easy to handle, making it a great option for small decks and balconies.
Natural wood decking is a great choice for homeowners looking to enhance their outdoor living spaces. With its natural beauty, durability, low maintenance, environmentally friendly properties, and ability to add value to your home, natural wood decking is a smart investment that will provide years of enjoyment for you and your family. Whether you’re building a new deck or updating an existing one, consider the many benefits of natural wood decking and make it your choice for a beautiful and functional outdoor living space.