The Disadvantages of Cedar Decking
By far, the biggest disadvantage of cedar decking is that it has a tough time resisting scratches. If you want to place furniture on it, it’s best to use soft pads on the bottom of the furniture to prevent it from harming the deck.
Those with pets may not want to use cedar at all, as a pet’s nails can wear deep scratches into the deck over time, especially if your dog has a habit of racing out your back door. Although, if your heart is set on cedar, you can prevent this damage by laying down a mat just outside of your back door.
A second drawback to cedar is that it fades to grey as it matures. This is a positive for some people who like the look, but this faded grey is not nearly as popular as the glowing orange of new cedar. You can do things to keep the cedar from fading, but it will require yearly maintenance and sealing.
Of course, cedar may also cost more than other materials you might choose for your deck. However, it’s worth noting that it’s a relatively low-cost when compared to other high-end materials. Plus, as it doesn’t require much maintenance, it saves you in treatment costs and time over the years.
Is Cedar Wood Better than Pressure Treated?
In general, if you want a top-quality deck that resists the elements, looks lovely, and reduces your deck’s impact on the environment, cedar is a better choice than pressure-treated wood. On the other hand, if you absolutely need a deck that can resist scratches from pets and furniture, you may be better off choosing pressure-treated wood, or another wood that has a better hardness value.