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Three reasons cedar is the best environmental choice for your new deck

posted April 27, 2017

Okay, so Real Cedar boasts greater beauty and more versatility than man-made materials – few would argue that point. But, Real Cedar is so much more than just good-looking and strong; it’s also the best environmental choice for your new deck.

  1. Renewable and biodegradable                                                                                                                                              Homeowners who choose Western Red Cedar over synthetic substitutes aren’t just building a more naturally beautiful deck, they’re also making the best decision for the environment. That’s because independent studies prove that when it comes to environmental performance, natural wood is one of the most environmentally friendly building materials.

  1. Sourced from sustainably managed forests 

    Real Cedar is sourced from the most sustainably managed forests in the world. In fact, more evergreen trees are growing in North America now than there were over 100 years ago. More than 85 percent of timberland in BC, which is the primary source for Western Red Cedar, is certified by internationally recognized, independent, third-party forest certification agencies.

  1. Fewer toxins than man-made decking materials 

    While other building materials generate greenhouse gasses, Western Red Cedar actually removes greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. And unlike brick, cement and composites, Real Cedar is renewable and biodegradable. The fact that wood-product manufacturing produces far fewer toxins than the leading man-made materials, means wood has the lowest impact on air and water quality. This is especially true when compared to the manufacturing of recycled steel. Furthermore, forest regeneration also creates more trees, which benefit the environment while they grow because they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.

Ultimately, if you care about the environment as much as you care about the aesthetic beauty and quality of real wood, Western Red Cedar is the greenest and cleanest investment for your new deck.