Cedar decking is a natural deck covering that with proper preparation can be a deck covering that will last for decades. This project was very rewarding, the client wanted the natural beauty of cedar decking but required that the deck be waterproof. The answer for us was simple, we installed a roofing grade vinyl membrane first then built the cedar decking on top of sleepers. This gave the client the use of the space below all year round but gave them the natural beauty that cedar decking brings to your outdoor space. On this sundeck we used a 5/4″ x 6″ clear cedar decking and had it pre-stained with two coats before installing. We used a special screw called a trim head, this screw’s head is extremely small and made from stainless steel. This makes it unobtrusive but gives the sundeck a very clean and professional look.
These custom cedar railings give the clients complete privacy while they are enjoying the cedar deck. We used a custom aluminum bracket to attach the louvers to the post. This breaks up the cedar railings and adds some special bling to the cedar railings. All of the bolts and fasteners we used are stainless steel so they will continue to compliment the deck for decades. One of the most important details when installing pre-stained cedar is that you have to apply stain to all the butt (cut) ends of the wood. If this step is missed it can result in the stain prematurely discolouring. It does take a fair bit of extra time but the cedar decking deserves this special care and attention. After all “Beauty is all in the little details”.
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