You’ve decided you want a porch. Whether you’re considering an open (covered) porch or screened porch, Archadeck of Birmingham is your Birmingham porch builder. We know that in a popularity contest, our clients prefer cedar porches over pine, hands down. Is it the appearance, the durability or the scent of cedar? If you answered “all of the above,” you’re correct.
Cedar porches are beautiful, and the aroma of fresh cedar is pleasing. The best reason for choosing cedar, though, is its durability. A cedar porch is likely to last twice as long as one built with pressure-treated pine. While cedar does require some maintenance, it requires less maintenance than pine. Cedar is a win-win for Birmingham screened porches.
• Cedar has a rich color and beautiful grain pattern. Cedar’s beauty is unmatched by pressure-treated pine.
• Cedar is durable and strong. Cedar contains much less moisture than pine and is considered “dimensionally stable.” This means cedar is less likely to crack, warp, twist or splinter, and it also resists shrinking and swelling. As your cedar porch builder, we love those characteristics!
• Cedar naturally contains preservatives. The oils that give cedar a distinctive scent also repel insects and deter decay. In contrast, pine is treated with chemicals to prevent insect damage, rotting and fungus; those chemicals are toxic to humans.
• Cedar will take stain sooner than pine. Because cedar doesn’t have the moisture content of pine, it doesn’t need time to “cure” before you can seal it. Note that cedar will eventually weather to a silvery-gray color, so if you like that color, you don’t need to stain or seal it.
• Cedar lasts twice as long as pine. Cedar is known to last 30 years or more with proper maintenance.
• Cedar stays cool. Cedar doesn’t absorb heat, so even on hot days, cedar will stay cool to the touch.
If you want your porch to retain the color of new cedar, you will need to seal the wood so it doesn’t weather and turn gray. The trick is not using a clear stain, because a clear stain offers no protection from the sun’s UV rays, and it’s the UV rays that cause cedar to turn gray. Pressure washing a cedar structure once a year and resealing every couple of years will preserve cedar’s reddish-brown color.
Cedar comes in a range of surface textures and grades. For a rustic flair, you can select a rough-hewn surface texture, which will show more of the wood grain. For a more formal look, select cedar that has been planed smooth.
Finally, cedar is biodegradable, and it’s a renewable resource, making it a good environmental choice compared to some other building materials like brick, cement and composites. The cedar we use is grown in managed forests with controlled harvests and reforestation programs.
Archadeck of Birmingham is your area covered and screened porch builder. When you are ready to talk about cedar porches, call Archadeck of Birmingham for a free design consultation at (205) 970-0121 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to building a cedar porch for you!