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Building Green Homes

Building your own home affords the opportunity to make use of sustainable design geared toward your own lifestyle preferences. One of the most obvious and well-known methods of building green involves purchasing Energy Star rated appliances, fixtures, and windows for the new home. While absolutely a step in the right direction, there are a variety of other ways to boost the green characteristics of a new build.


A green building is ecologically friendly and leaves a minimal impact on the environment. Sustainable design should be considered from start to completion in the building process. Here are key points to consider before building a green home.


AIR QUALITY
Achieving a greener home design is achievable with the installation of efficient heating and cooling systems. Both improve the air quality inside the home.


BUDGET
Surprisingly, building green can save construction companies and homeowners money. With minimal construction waste, hiring local labour, using locally sourced materials, and building with recycled materials, a green build makes economic and environmental sense. Depending on budget, compromises and changes can be made inline with your green home desires.


BUILDING ORIENTATION
A home strategically located close to public transport or local amenities also cuts down on vehicle pollution. This is a key step toward a more carbon-neutral lifestyle.


LAND USE
Modern home design flows naturally from the indoor to the outdoor living space. Ideal green design integrates local climate and landscape. For instance, well-placed shade trees offer natural cooling to a modern home. Green home builders also implement organic gardens, indoor trees, sliding exterior walls, and cedar decking into eco-friendly designs while working with existing landscaping and the creatures that dwell there. Plant an abundance of lavender around your home and the honey bees will soon follow.


MATERIALS
Eco-friendly materials are readily available for West Coast style builds. For example, Cedar siding is sustainably sourced on Vancouver Island. Aesthetically beautiful for decking, siding, fascia, and eaves and soffits, the use of untreated cedar avoids polluting the environment with harmful chemicals. The result of building with natural materials is improved air quality for both workers and home dwellers.


Furthermore, a well-insulated home reduces both heating and air conditioning costs. It also makes the home more comfortable for the entire family as good insulation keeps the home warmer over the winter and cooler over the summer.


USE OF RESOURCES In addition, a well-designed home provides water-efficient sanitary installations that use less water. Rainwater collection and improvements to irrigation systems also up the ecological factor of environmentally friendly home builds.


Outfitting a home with Energy Star appliances can save thousands of litres of water over the year and greatly reduce utility bills. Solar panels may also be installed as renewable energy resources that heat water and generate your own electricity! Now that’s a satisfying step toward self-sufficiency.


Now is the time to go green with a home that brings us all closer to a more sustainable future. Why settle for the status quo when it comes to living in a beautiful, eco-friendly home you love to spend time in? A green home is an imaginative, creative process that gives you the gratification of living green.


Longhouse is the perfect place to source Cedar and Douglas Fir for your built-to-last green home. Forest Stewardship Council certified, and therefore, sustainable, these natural materials are ideal in designing an eco-friendly home. Join us in building a more sustainable future. Call us today to start your next project at 1-250-248-5887

2021 Building Trends

2021 Building Trends

Nothing in the history of construction has affected the construction industry like the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Disruptions in supply chains, the rapid rise of people working from home, and challenges of healthy air quality have shaken the world of building as we once knew it.

However, not all of these unforeseen circumstances arrive with negative consequences. Indeed, massive change heralds a new age of desirable improvements and innovations like no other.

Here we discuss how you can get a jump on fearless 2021 building trends.

SOURCING LOCALLY. Contractors everywhere have been forced into finding alternate suppliers in addition to paying more money for materials. This forces builders to re-evaluate business relationships and take risks on new unions. While this derives an element of risk, it’s an opportunity to source items locally and reduce shipping costs and delays from disrupted global suppliers. Besides, innovative suppliers and contractors will become more flexible in searching for new ways to save money, as well as new methods of sourcing materials closer to home.

OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES. Since many vacations are cancelled and staying at home is encouraged, there will continue to be a significant upsurge in-home recreational building. Homeowners will be looking at building their own outdoor oasis for family leisure. Watch for clients looking to build spacious cedar decks, raised gardens, outdoor gazebos for entertaining, and hot tub and swimming pool areas on the horizon.

DRONES. Remote technology is already being employed on modern commercial job sites. If a task can be completely remotely then why not use it? For example, a contractor can see important visuals with the use of a drone. A drone can provide surveying, safety, and materials information throughout a site. The result can be substantial savings from insurance claims and valuable time saved.

IMPROVED AIR QUALITY. Now that most people are working indoors during a frightening pandemic, the importance of healthy air quality is essential. While challenges with providing healthy air inside buildings is nothing new when it comes to construction, poor air quality during a pandemic can be deadly. Hence, innovative heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is a concrete trend for 2021.

SAFETY FIRST. In addition to enhanced safety protocols we’ve been subjected to, adjustments have been made to mitigate the spread of COVID in construction. Besides mandatory masks and hand sanitizing, workers will often work separately or in smaller crews. Additional cleaning continues to be required for tools, gloves, and even hard hats. Sharing is discouraged and labeling items with individual names helps keep the spread of the disease minimal. Staggered shift work and smaller groups of workers on job sites at a time are the new rules. An emphasis on confident leadership, teamwork, and cooperation are all integral to making safety a priority on any job site in the year to come.

Regardless of cash flow disruptions and continual changes at every level of construction, the future looks bright and ground-breaking if you embrace the pioneering spirit. When you’re informed about these noteworthy trends, you’re sure to inspire trust and confidence from business associates.

Our own Vancouver Island specialty forest products company is here to help you innovate and move forward in construction projects for the year ahead. Longhouse is your local business that delivers specialty wood products from Vancouver Island mill direct to anywhere worldwide. To begin your next build call us today toll-free at 1-800-811-2010.

BC Building Codes

Changes in BC Building Codes

New construction in British Columbia is regulated by the BC Building Code (BCBC). What is the BCBC? A code that establishes provincial regulations to be adhered to by builders—a set of minimum standards, so to speak. These standards guide builders as to how new construction, repairs, demolitions, and alterations are to be completed.

In addition, the code further establishes the minimum requirements for health, safety, fire and structural protection, accessibility, and water efficiency in construction. The most recent code was amended in 2018 and came into effect on December 10, 2018. Afterward, revisions followed.

Chiefly, adjustments to the last building code amendment were geared toward making homes more energy efficient.

Several changes in BC Building Codes include:

• New requirements in the 2018 code combines requirements of the National Building Code 2015 with existing requirements in BC that achieve better accessibility. For example, common areas of apartments, condos and small retail shops are all affected.
• Builders are now allowed to construct a building using wood that reaches up to 12-stories high. This is up from the previous limit of 6-stories.
• Improved obligations for roofs and walls with the goal of increased energy efficiency.
• Extra controls for lighting aimed at reducing energy use.
• Improvements are required for stairs that increase accessibility and safety for everyone. However, the unnecessary requirement for two handrails on a curved stair has been removed.
• Carbon monoxide detectors or alarms are required in residential buildings.
• Another revision calls for improvements to fire alarms and exits that increase safety for people coming and going from roof-top areas.
• Language has been changed for added clarity regarding fire protection requirements between adjacent buildings.
• Updates have been made to radon data, established from recent studies conducted.
• Changes that became effective December 12, 2019, include encapsulated mass timber construction, as well as garbage and recycling room lighting requirements.

Comprehensive amendments and revisions may be found online.

The BC Building Code applies to the entire province of British Columbia, exclusive of the City of Vancouver and certain federal lands. It’s important for anyone planning a new build to abide by the most recent codes to keep occupants safe and make buildings accessible to all people.

Concerned Longhouse Forest Products customers may view the entire BC Building Codes free of charge on the Province of BC website. Alternately, anyone can purchase the binder online, packed with all the information required for compliance.

Why use cedar siding over other siding materials

Why use Cedar Siding over other Materials?

Determining the best type of siding to install can be a tricky decision for homeowners and builders. People must take into consideration siding material and installation costs, in addition to what will work with existing designs.

Cedar softwood is generally the perfect choice for people who value a natural vibe and durability. However, there are several other reasons why you should choose cedar siding over other materials.

And fortunately, Longhouse is here to clarify why homeowners and builders make that selection.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Primarily, when it comes to siding, it’s a good idea to compare the unique features of cedar with other siding materials.

For instance, staining can be problematic with Birch siding since it can become blotchy and may require painting. Therefore, Western Red Cedar would be the ideal choice since it can be pre-stained any colour or left in its natural state. Additionally, it may be purchased in a wide selection of grades, textures, and dimensions.

Hardie-plank, although popular for siding projects, is a man-made product; it does not grow naturally in the forest like cedar.

Vinyl siding may be the more affordable option, but cedar siding is often thought to be more aesthetically pleasing. Over time, cedar typically increases the value of the home more so than vinyl.

ECOLOGICALLY FRIENDLY

Untreated cedar is sustainably sourced in BC and requires minor processing or treatment, unlike other man-made siding options. Left in its natural state, cedar is totally biodegradable and reclaimable. When considering the environment and future generations, cedar is an ethical choice.

FIRST-RATE INSULATION CAPABILITIES

Since cedar has an open cell structure, it naturally retains outstanding insulation properties. The density of this structure means less heat flow through the wood. Thereby, cedar prevents heat from escaping over winter and cold from escaping over summer. That means lower energy costs for homeowners.

The heat flow reduction further provides an acoustic barrier from noise. Cedar further protects the structure of the home from the harmful effects of excess moisture and dry air.

DURABILITY

Cedar remains durable, whether painted, treated, or untreated. Indeed, with proper care and maintenance, cedar siding can last for decades. Applying a finish increases the lifespan of cedar.

Since it resists rot, bacteria, and mildew, cedar is prone to fewer problems than other types of wood siding. It also resists splitting, shrinking, and warping.

AESTHETICS

Cedar buildings blend into the environment for a seamless appearance. This softwood siding traditionally represents warmth and since it’s been around for a long time, is indicative of more high-end buildings. Cedar siding has a grain pattern that makes it more resilient and looks naturally beautiful.

Moreover, cedar circulates a fragrant wood scent, making it a pleasing addition to the interior and exterior of any building.

DIVERSITY

Undeniably, there are countless choices for cedar siding finishes. It may be left untreated in its natural state, painted, or covered with a clear coat. As well, cedar siding can be selected in diverse patterns, such as board and batten, tongue-and-groove, and wavy or non-wavy bevel.

Overall, cedar delivers limitless appealing qualities to consider when choosing the best siding. Genuine cedar is a natural choice for homeowners who take pride in maintaining their home, and value style and longevity.

In addition to its many other benefits, it’s good to know that cedar may also be a reusable resource down the road, and not end up in a landfill. Contact our specialty wood products professionals for more information about why cedar siding is spectacular. Call us today at 1-250-248-5887 or email us at longhousetrading@telus.net.
5 ways to add touches of cedar to your home

5 Ways to Add Touches of Cedar wood to your Home

Most builders agree that cedar wood is organically handsome with the inherently lovely scent of nature. This sustainably sourced softwood is also popular with homeowners who want to modernize their homes. Still, if designing a cedar overhang for your front entryway doesn’t go with your current aesthetics, there are other ways to incorporate cedar into your home. Longhouse cedar is locally sourced and renewable. We have five innovative ways to add touches of cedar wood to your home.  
  1. Cedar Fence
  • A new cedar wood fence provides privacy, structure to your property, shade, and a natural sound barrier.
  • Cedar fencing can be left in its natural state or stained any colour to match your home and outbuildings.
 
  1. Cedar Planters or Shelving
  • Cedar planters overflowing with flowers and greenery blend in perfectly to any home exterior design.
  • Cedar shelving strategically built in below windows around the home offer an excellent place to display your favourite flowers or herb garden.
 
  1. Cedar Furniture
  • Cedar benches offer well-appointed sitting areas throughout your landscaping.
  • Cedar furniture on your deck gives friends and family a stylish place to take in views. Further, Adirondack chairs and side tables can accentuate other wood touches around the home.
 
  1. Cedar Deck
  • Cedar blends in exquisitely with natural surroundings. A cedar deck offers a pleasing atmosphere to relax and entertain in your outdoor living space.
  • Cedar decking boards come in a variety of grades that provide a distinct look to each individual deck. Cedar boards can also be ordered pre-finished.
  • A cedar deck will increase the value of your property while providing durable deck enjoyment for decades with regular maintenance.
 
  1. Cedar Screen
  • Well-appointed cedar screens offer privacy and a backdrop for landscape lighting.
  • A cedar screen can also provide visual interest, texture, and shade to your home.
  Homeowners needn’t commit to a home constructed entirely of cedar wood. Highlighting your home with cedar is a great way to infuse your living space with the warmth and beauty of natural wood. Fortunately, there are several superb ways to add a touch of cedar to your home. Increase curb appeal and modernize the appearance of your home. Contact Longhouse Specialty Forest Products today, 1-250-248-5887. We’re here to help you connect your home to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with fresh touches of cedar wood.

How to Extend Deck Season

Canadians revere deck season since it tends to be short and sweet. Spring typically arrives late and Winter too early. Exactly how can you get the most out of your outdoor living space and extend deck season?

Well, it’s easier than you think. Choose one or more of these hot trends in outdoor living. Devise a budget, research your elements, and get the entire family involved in the construction process.

Before you know it, you’ll be unwinding in the cool atmosphere of your deck in style and warmth, no matter what the season.

FIRE PIT

The element of fire adds both warmth and cozy vibes to a chillier deck season. If you don’t already have a fire pit, now is the perfect time to build or buy one. Indeed, there is one to suit every budget.

A fire adds a deck focal point and visual interest for families and friends to relax on cool evenings. Cuddle a warm beverage wrapped in a woolly blanket and gaze at the stars.
Fire Elements: Fire Pit, Wood Stack, Lanterns, Candles, Outdoor Propane Patio Heaters, Overstuffed Comfy Furniture.

Fire Accessories: Campfire Roasting Forks, Cozy Pillows, Warm Blankets, Woolen Area Rugs (safely away from the fire), Deck of Cards, and Board Games.

OUTDOOR KITCHEN

Building an outdoor kitchen brings the entire family outside for a deck dining experience. Get your grill on this winter and dine under the stars on your deck.

Kitchen Elements: BBQ, Moveable Storage Table, Beverage Station, Fridge, Countertop, Paper Towel Holder, Kettle for Hot Beverages.

Kitchen Accessories: BBQ Tools, Grills, Make-Your-Own Hot Beverage Station (for hot chocolate or mulled cider), Winter Themed Mugs, and Patio Lights.

HOT TUB
Hot tubs are possibly the most popular way Canadians keep warm outside at home. A hot tub installed on your deck ensures family and guests can keep warm and relaxed all winter long.

Hot Tub Elements: Hot Tub Sized for your Family, Hot Tub Cover, Winter Cover or Gazebo, Stereo System with Wireless Speakers, Hot Tub Lighting.

Hot Tub Accessories: Floating Tray for Hot Drinks, Spa Caddy, Thick Jacuzzi Robes, Polycarbonate Wine Glasses & Mugs.
*Remember to never leave candles unattended.

The prospect of winter doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck inside your home. Gather friends and family for some memorable evenings on your outfitted winter deck. Make new memories and stay connected.

Maintenance needn’t be too time-consuming either. With a little cleaning and winterizing, your deck will be ready to enjoy at the end of every workday.

Plant or add pots of a few wintery trees while you’re at it. We could all use more trees! Besides scenting the cool air, a forest of Frasier Firs adds a naturally beautiful aesthetic, creating instant calm on your wintery deck.

Get inspired and make deck season last longer for many years to come. And be sure to check out Longhouse Specialty Forest Products for Yellow or Western Red Cedar decking. We’re here to make your deck dreams last longer. Call us today at 1-250-248-5887.
Prevent mold growth on your deck

How to Prevent Mold Growth on your Deck

Storm season is upon us once again here on the West Coast. From spectacular waves breaking along the shores to wicked rain and windstorms, the fall season is an exciting spectacle to witness. On the other hand, excess moisture falling from the sky brings mold issues that must be dealt with.

Surely, relaxing and enjoying outdoor living on the deck is a great Canadian pastime. However, the relaxation aspect is accompanied by the maintenance aspect. Taking good care of your gorgeous cedar deck will make last upward of 15 years and avoid early, pricey replacement.
Fortunately, the experts at Longhouse know how to help prevent mold growth on your deck.
 
Keep Your Deck Clean and Clear of Debris
 
A regular cleaning goes miles toward preventing mold growth on your deck.
 
To begin with, sweep the deck frequently with a soft-bristled broom. Doing so not only sweeps away dirt and damp leaves but also swoops away microscopic mold spores. Every few weeks should suffice. Just make sure to avoid using a stiff broom that can damage cedar material.
 
A second step is to clean your deck annually with an eco-friendly oxygen bleach solution. Simply add water to the bleach per the manufacturer’s directions. Sweep first, then apply to decking with a soft scrub brush. Let sit, then spray with a garden hose.
 
Seal the Deck

A new deck will last longer with a sealant. This should only be done under dry weather conditions. Cedar decking should be sanded prior to staining to help the stain adhere.

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products offers pre-finished custom cut cedar decking. Decks should be resealed every few years for durability and optimum protection from mold growth.

Decrease Moisture Underneath the Deck
 
If a deck is low to the ground, there might not be enough space for moisture to evaporate. Luckily, there are several methods to increase ventilation.
 
Firstly, you can drill holes around the perimeter. Otherwise, you can replace the deck skirt with lattice work.
 
Another option is to install a drainage trench and pipe to direct water away from the deck. Once a trench is dug, a drainage pipe can be placed and covered over. Doing so effectively protects your deck after rainfall.
 
Deter Mold Growth
 
There are several methods of inhibiting mold growth on your cedar deck.

One method involves keeping the deck dry. This is easy if you’re building a new, covered deck. However, there are many other ways to keep a deck dry. Mop or sweep away standing water after rainfall and snow build-up after snowfall. Install eavestroughs and downspouts that direct water away from your deck—repair leaks immediately.

Be aware of items placed on the deck that can encourage water to collect. Keep potted plants in saucers to catch excess rainwater. Further, let sunlight shine on the deck after heavy rains. Pull back moveable deck coverings to let the sun dry it out.

Don’t clutter your deck with too much furniture as it prevents it from drying out. Instead, place items in storage over the winter months.

Finally, select plastic outdoor area rugs over bamboo. Bamboo tends to take in moisture, thereby fostering mold growth.

Of course, the ideal way to prevent mold from growing on your deck is to keep it clean and dry. Good luck with that on the rainy West Coast! Nevertheless, even a covered deck can have recurring mold growth. Following the steps above helps get rid of moisture build-up on cedar material, even in wet areas.

Protect your cedar deck investment and extend its life and your enjoyment of your beautiful outdoor living space.

Has your deck has met the end of its life? No problem! Give us a call at 250-248-5887, and we will help you to update your outdoor living space to have it looking just the way you like.
Cedar and Douglas Fir differences

The Difference Between Cedar and Douglas Fir

Selecting the right type of wood to build with can be a challenge. Yet, with the right information and expertise from Longhouse professionals, you’ll be sure to make the best decision for your next construction project.   Understandably, there are both benefits and drawbacks to using either Cedar or Douglas Fir. Though they are both softwoods, they are not identical. Weighing the pros and cons of each species of wood helps in the decision-making process. Hence, let’s compare the difference between Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir.   WESTERN RED CEDAR (Thuja Plicata)  
  • Source: Western Red Cedar is available FSC certified from the coastal rain forests of Vancouver Island.
  • Strength and Stiffness: 54 and 8200 respectively.
  • Ability to hold screws and nails: Moderate.
  • Appearance: Straight grain with few knots, Western Red Cedar siding boasts a soft red-brown colour.
  • Design: Cedar affords a timeless, natural beauty to modern home builds. Clear grade cedar siding may be used to clad an entire building or as installed as tasteful accents. Western Red Cedar is also available in a knotty version that provides a rustic aesthetic. Cedar wood also grants exterior durability due to its inherent resistance to rot and insect infestations.
  • Lightweight Cedar shingles are highly insulating and provide additional heat retention to homes. Longhouse offers Western Red Cedar shingles in two grades: No 1. (Blue label) and No. 2 (Red label).
  • Stain: May be ordered pre-stained in any colour you select. Alternately, may be left untreated to weather naturally.
  • Typical Applications: Siding, decking, accents, outdoor furniture, shingle roofing.
  DOUGLAS FIR (Pseudotsuga Menziesii)  
  • Source: Sustainably sourced from old-growth forests on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
  • Strength and Stiffness: 85 and 13,440 respectively. Maintains a high weight-to-strength ratio.
  • Ability to hold screws and nails: Very good.
  • Appearance: Unique straight grain, generally orange or monochromatic blonde in colour, Douglas Fir wood is naturally lustrous.
  • Design: One of the finest timbers for heavy construction, Douglas Fir is often the choice for large commercial buildings and log homes. It is also used to manufacture beautifully designed doors, sashes, and windows. The softwood is also an excellent choice for stunning flooring, cabinets, and general millwork.
  • Stain: Numerous finishes available, Douglas Fir may be fire treated with non-toxic retardant.
  • Typical Applications: Heavy-duty construction functions, such as timbers and beams. Often found in large West Coast heritage buildings. Excellent for both industrial and residential builds due to its load-bearing capabilities. Also ideal for wide plank flooring in high traffic areas.
  Truly, each wood species offers distinct characteristics for construction. Knowing the innate qualities of both wood materials makes it easier to determine the suitability for a variety of applications. A good tip is when it comes to structural weight-bearing capabilities, Douglas Fir comes out ahead for sizeable builds. Fortunately, Longhouse has the quality softwood lumber you need, whether Western Red Cedar or Douglas Fir. These two popular woods are both superb options for modern builds. Give us a call at 250-248-5887 to get your next project started today. 
Soffits Fascias

Everything you Need to Know About Soffits and Fascias

Rooftops are a vital part of any structure and good maintenance is integral to prolonging the life of a home. Moreover, homeowners should be familiar with each roof element and the role each area plays in keeping a home safe and structurally sound. Although the terms soffit and fascia are often discussed together, each one retains a separate purpose. Mainly, soffits and fascias increase air ventilation and protect other areas of the home. Fortunately, everything else you need to know about soffits and fascias may be found here.

ALL ABOUT SOFFITS

  • The exterior soffit is the bottom section of the roof overhang. This includes an arch or projecting cornice.
  • Soffits are typically made from aluminum, fibre cement, recycled material, steel, vinyl, or wood.
  • The key function of this area of the roof is to decrease cooling and heating costs. Vented soffits allow for the ideal airflow required to preserve a healthy, breathable home.
  • Another function of soffits is to protect the interior of a building or house.
  • Soffits also guard the exterior of the home from bats, birds, and other small creatures. If they can’t get inside the home, they can’t cause any damage.
  • Without a soffit, a roofing system is unfinished and vulnerable to moisture.
  • Soffits installed inadequately may result in an overheated attic and lead to expensive cooling bills in the summer. During the winter months, rain and snow could accumulate and lead to mold development in the rafters.
  • Aesthetically, soffits cover the ventilation system in the attic and look better.
  • Soffits are designed to be installed from the external wall to fascia boards.
  • When the roof is level with the edge of the outside walls, the fascia itself might contain soffits for venting.
  • Essentially, soffits increase the lifespan of roofing material by guarding the rest of the home from harsh weather.
  • Regular maintenance of soffits is key to making them last longer. Soffits should be inspected often for mold, mildew, holes, warping, peeling, and pests, such as wasp nests. Repairs should be made as soon as possible by the homeowner or a professional.
  • Cleaning is straightforward with a solution of bleach and water applied with a soft brush or broom.

ALL ABOUT FASCIAS

  • The horizontal sections of material that cover the space between the soffit and roof are fascia board. This board runs along the ends of a structure and typically attaches to the gutter system or other exterior elements.
  • Fascias are typically made from wood but may also be made from aluminum, plastic, recycled composite, or vinyl.
  • The main function of fascia is a point of attachment to gutters and drainpipe. Fascias also provide a barrier between the roof edge and the outside of the building.
  • Typically, fascia is installed beneath the roofline and behind the gutters.
  • Aesthetically, fascia creates a smooth appearance to the edge and shelters the roof from severe weather.
  • Although fascia board is not as susceptible to water damage as a soffit, they can unfasten if exposed to water. Moisture rots fascia and requires replacement.
  • Since soffits and fascias work together, maintenance is the same for both.
In any case, soffits and fascias are individual components of the roof with distinct functions. Installing soffits and fascias together helps prevent mold and mildew from occurring and damaging the structure. Knowing the difference between the two and providing regular maintenance saves homeowners from premature, expensive roof replacement. For more information or to have your soffits and fascias looked after give us a call at 250-248-5887 or send us an email at longhousetrading@telus.net.

Short- and Long-Term Benefits of a Cedar Deck

Summer is here and outdoor living is slightly different this year. With our governments urging us to physical distance and the COVID-19 pandemic, many have changed the way we live at home. To be sure, the time has never been better to assemble a home oasis and install a strong deck foundation. However, there are many different deck materials and designs to choose from. Cedar decks remain a popular choice because no manufactured product can compare to the longevity and natural beauty of cedar. But there are numerous other benefits to a cedar deck. To help homeowners decide for themselves, here is a breakdown of the short- and long-term benefits of a stunning cedar deck.

SHORT TERM BENEFITS

Affordability: During these turbulent times, budget may be top of mind for many homeowners. Fortunately, cedar decking is an affordable wood. Although it isn’t the least expensive deck material, its multiple benefits make it a wise investment now and in the future. Instant Beauty: Man-made deck materials cannot compete with the natural splendor of cedar. If you and your family are going to be spending a great deal of time outside around the home, you’ll want it to be a beautiful space. Cedar maintains robust, consistent tones that can be sanded and stained any colour to match your design. Families can enjoy your beautiful outdoor living space immediately with gorgeous cedar wood underfoot.  Versatility: Western Red Cedar, sourced on BC’s West Coast, is pitch- and resin-free, making it ideal for accepting and holding diverse stains, colours, and finishes. Cedar also offers a stunning array of dimensions, textures, and grades. With a little hard work, you’ll soon be enjoying the natural attractiveness of cedar in your outdoor space.

LONG TERM BENEFITS

Durability: Cedar tends to last much longer than other decking materials. A durable wood that naturally resists rot, decay, and insect infestations, cedar also resists moisture absorption. This also means it doesn’t warp or split easily.  Longevity: Cedar has been used in decking and housing for a long time because it lasts. Proper maintenance (sanding and re-staining) only makes it last longer. Therefore, cedar makes an model deck material that can last 15-20 years with proper upkeep. Eco-Friendly: Most wood is environmentally superior to synthetically manufactured deck materials. Not only is West Coast cedar renewable and biodegradable, but it’s produced from sustainably managed forests.  Resiliency: Wet coastal weather is well-tolerated by cedar decking. Luckily, Longhouse provides custom cut cedar decking in Yellow or Western Red Cedar that withstands the elements.  Sweet Scents: The earthy, sweet scent of cedar wood oil helps to keep insects away. Therefore, cedar decking is perfect for incorporating a hot tub or sauna. Long-term Value: A home with a well-designed cedar deck holds its long-term value for a home sale down the road. The experts at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products recognize and understand the characteristics of building with cedar. We’re happy to help you select the best type of cedar decking for your local summer escape.