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Deck the Home

Most islanders take advantage of their outdoor space as much as possible year-round. Instead of viewing the deck as a separate entity, why not see it as an extension of your home—an exterior living space that expands your enjoyment of the home interior. After contemplating your budget and maintenance capabilities, decide how you most want to use the deck. Perhaps its mainly for entertainment purposes or in fact a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of life. Inspiration online and here abounds.

20 Deck Ideas for Your Home

Primarily, design a deck that takes advantage of stunning outdoor views. From an ocean vista to a forest panorama, build a deck that allows guests to soak up spectacular views of nature.
  1. If you or someone in the family is a gourmet chef in the making, why not design a deck with a full outdoor kitchen? With a built-in grill, countertop, cabinets, sink, and fridge outside your back door, you can enjoy eating al fresco at your leisure.
  2. A spa-themed deck with swimming area, hot tub, and party lights is an excellent choice for stressed out souls. Luxuriate in thick spa towels, overstuffed lounge chairs, and a heavenly outdoor sound system emitting spa music for pure deck hedonism. Hang a hammock just for fun.
  3. A private deck oasis teeming with potted plants, privacy screens, and oversized outdoor furniture and pillows provides a delicious sanctuary for reading the days away.
  4. Decide on an open deck for unobstructed views of landscaping or an enclosed deck with railings for safety.
  5. A covered deck permits entertaining in any weather. A glass enclosed deck or a pergola does the trick nicely.
  6. A multi-level deck space allows for separate dining, lounging, and hot tub soaking areas.
  7. Tastefully combined wood and stone decking adds a visual dynamic to your outdoor living space while blending in beautifully with nature.
  8. Choose to refrain from staining a deck and leave it in its natural state for a more rustic ambience. Alternately, stain a cedar deck in any colour of the rainbow to match the home exterior.
  9. Raised wood garden beds with wheels are a great addition to decks for garden enthusiasts. They may be moved around your deck for more sunlight or protection from voluminous rains.
  10. A deck that incorporates a soothing water feature drowns out unwanted noise. Either a water fountain in an attractive container or a rock water wall designed into the deck can provide years of auditory bliss.
  11. If it’s more intimacy you desire, gather loved ones around a warm fire pit placed in the deck lounging zone.
  12. Wide stairs provide safe and spacious outdoor walking zones when built strategically around the deck. Deep deck steps also allow room for lush flower containers.
  13. Additionally, integrate deck lighting along stairs and around landscaping. You’ll feel as if you’re on holiday every time you head out to stargaze.
  14. Cedar benching built onto the deck adds harmony and extra seating.
  15. Instead of customary straight edged decking, why not choose curved edges?
  16. A built-in gazebo or pergola on the deck provides decorators with plenty of options for hanging baskets and ambient lighting.
  17. For those who adore clean, open spaces, go symmetrical for a structured deck.
  18. Mix elements of nature by incorporating natural stone walkways or walls with cedar decking.
  19. Reduce the threat of fire on your deck with Fire Retardant Treated Wood and keep your home and family safe and sound.
Gorgeous coastal softwood cedar is ideal for constructing sustainable, durable decking. Longhouse provides green-friendly Yellow and Western Red Cedar that withstands harsh weather and insects. Building a deck for your home increases the value and your family’s enjoyment of the home. Furthermore, decks provide a special space for entertaining guests, peaceful relaxation, and even a gardening area for a more self-governing lifestyle. Depending on what you desire in your outdoor living space, the staff at Longhouse is here to meet your needs. Deck your home in time for the holidays and you may be roasting your holiday dinner on your delightful new deck.  
How and Why Cedar Siding is Environmentally Friendly

Cedar Versus Birch—Who Will Win?

Choosing between a softwood and a hardwood can be tough when you’re not aware of the properties of all the different types of wood. Depending on the use, from furniture to flooring, selecting the right species of wood is important not only for the project at hand, but for the longevity of the end product. Cedar and birch are two types of popular woods and both have a variety of uses. Nevertheless, cedar is a softwood and birch a hardwood. Regardless of how the term sounds, softwood is not weaker than hardwood, but can be less expensive. Fortunately, armed with further information, you can easily compare the two wood types and see which one wins for your building purposes.

BIRCH HARDWOOD

  • Two main varieties of birch for building purposes are yellow and white.
  • Yellow Birch varies from pale yellow to white in colour, with reddish-brown heartwood.
  • White Birch has a whiter colour resembling the light, creamy colours of Maple Wood, and can be indistinguishable between the two.
  • Birch is harder than Cedar, stable, and relatively easy to work with.
  • Birch is less expensive than several types of hardwoods and is readily available.
  • Birch doesn’t gouge easily and is therefore practical to work with.
  • Often used in the manufacturing of fine furniture and millwork, birch is also commonly used as veneer over plywood instead of solid wood.
  • Staining can be tricky with Birch since it can get blotchy and may require painting.
  • Birch holds screws well and is strong, making it ideal for bracing and other structural components, such as tables and cabinets.
  • Birch has good shock resistance and takes both stain and polish well.

CEDAR SOFTWOOD

  • The most common variety of cedar wood is Western Red Cedar which has a reddish colour, although there exists over a dozen species of cedar belonging to several different families of trees.
  • Western Red Cedar has a reddish to pink-brown heartwood and a light yellow-white sapwood.
  • Cedar has one of the most aromatic wood scents making it a pleasing addition to the interior and exterior of any building.
  • Cedar is an ideal choice for decks, patio furniture, wood shingles, and fence posts due to its inherent durability to withstand the elements.
  • Cedar has a straight grain and is known for its narrow, knotty planks because of its slow growth.
  • Western Red Cedar can withstand moist environments without decaying.
  • Additionally, it can be pre-stained in any colour you choose or left in its natural state. Western Red Cedar readily accepts colours and finishes and may be purchased in a wide range of grades, textures, and dimensions.
  • Biodegradable and recyclable, cedar provides excellent insulation.
  • Cedar wood decking is lighter and therefore, easier to work with than many other types of decking material.
  • Cedar softwood is also affordable and sustainably sourced.
Certainly, it depends on the type of project you require the wood for that will win your choice. After careful consideration of the pros and cons of each wood type, the decision should become clear which type of wood is best suited for the job.  
Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

It’s easy to see why cedar remains a popular siding choice among Canadians, in spite of the higher costs. Cedar is extremely durable, and its natural preservatives guard from the ravages of rot, decay and insects. Longhouse manufactures an excellent selection of custom cedar siding profiles. Each has its own features, so it’s good to know a little about them before making an informed choice for a project.

BEVEL SIDING

Commonly known as ‘clapboard’ siding, this is possibly the most popular wood siding. Cedar bevel siding comes available in any width and is installed horizontally.

Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

Bevel siding is manufactured by re-sawing lumber at an angle to make thicker pieces on one edge, resulting in saw textured pieces on one side. The other side can be smooth or saw textured depending on both cedar grade and customer preference. Due to its thickness, it provides a beautiful shadow line along the building exterior.

Western Red Cedar bevel siding comes available in solid wood or finger-joined. This style is also available in clear and knotty grades.

CHANNEL SIDING

Channel, or ‘lap’ cedar siding, is also popular with customers desiring a rustic look. This type of siding comes with flexible installation options: vertical, horizontal, and even diagonal.

Installing lap siding results in a shadow-line look, due to the fact that each board partially overlaps the next, thus creating a channel between boards. The overlap also provides additional protection from moisture.

Channel siding comes in a variety of patterns, widths, and thicknesses. It’s also offered in either clear or knotty grades, smooth or saw textured. An additional benefit of channel siding is that it expands and contracts under changing temperatures without cracking or warping.

CUSTOM TONGUE & GROOVE

Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

The most versatile siding choice by far, tongue and groove cedar siding is made when boards are manufactured to have a protruding tongue on one edge and a groove on the other, so that one board fits into the other. This is installed vertically, horizontally, and diagonally as well.

Tongue and groove custom siding is available in the same options as channel siding.

BOARD & BATTEN SIDING

Board and batten siding is manufactured with wide clear or knotty Western Red Cedar and installed with battens (narrow boards) vertically over the joints. Any combination of board widths may be used to achieve the desired effect.

Furthermore, boards can be installed in reverse with the wider boards over the battens to create a deep channel effect. Although there are many choices, a typically appealing combination is 1×3” battens with 1×10” boards.

Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

Nothing compares to the warmth and natural beauty cedar siding provides. All cedar siding products are available in high grade clear stains and colours, which naturally affects costs. The customer can save when choosing ‘green’ or unseasoned Western Red Cedar siding.

Now you know the features of cedar siding. For further information, contact the seasoned professionals at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products in Parksville. They can help direct you to traditional or custom siding profiles perfect for you, all using FSC Certified Western Red Cedar.

Benefits of Building with Cedar

Benefits of Building with Cedar

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Cedar trees grow where the weather is damp. Due to the destructive nature of fungus, microorganisms and insects in these conditions, cedar trees have developed self-protective qualities which allows the cedar trees to fend off insects, rots and temperature related stresses. It’s because of this inherent ability that cedar wood is extremely valued in areas where humidity, temperature and cracking problems can occur.

Unlike other types of wood, cedar will not warp due to moisture due to its remarkable dimensional stability. Meaning, that despite weather, humidity or temperature conditions, cedar wood doesn’t change its size or dimension, making it perfect for house siding. And being a light, porous type of wood, cedar can also absorb noise, which can be beneficial when used as fencing or siding. The oil within the wood emits an earthy, woodsy and slightly sweet scent which not only enhances the atmosphere in and around your home, but also helps to keep moths and other insects at bay making it a popular choice for around hot tubs and saunas.

Benefits of Building with Cedar

Building with cedar wood is also environmentally friendly as it’s actually more environmentally superior to synthetic products. It has a negative greenhouse gas effect, meaning it actually removes these gasses from the atmosphere, and it’s renewable and biodegradable. The unique tones and patterns of cedar make it a popular choice for adding a warm, durable, natural beauty to the exterior of homes as siding, eaves, decking, soffits and fascia. Cedar doesn’t have to be stained because of its inherent qualities, but in most cases pre-stained is recommended, making it great for any type of home.

The aesthetics of cedar wood, especially the colouring of the Western Red Cedar which is rich with crisp colours and tonal properties can magically transform outdoor spaces, liven up home décor, and inspire innovative architectural designs. Great for adding light and warmth to any area, cedar comes in a smooth or knotty variety. Each variety has its own characteristics giving it its own natural and distinct signature.

The many benefits of building with cedar wood goes back centuries with the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Today, more and more discerning architects and builders are enhancing their projects with this beautiful and sustainable resource. No man-made product can match the beauty, performance and longevity of cedar. It seems nature still knows best despite all efforts at imitation.

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

When using cedar siding in residential or commercial building applications, the decision must be made whether to leave the cedar untreated to weather naturally, or to have it stained. Purchasing pre-stained cedar siding not only preserves the grain, but also offers further design choices. While the siding requires re-staining and regular cleaning, the aesthetics deliver viewing pleasure for decades to come. Besides making the siding job more efficient, there are other reasons for purchasing pre-stained cedar.

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

According to Brian Jenkins, owner/operator of Longhouse, the benefits of pre-stained cedar siding are enormous. First of all, the treatment can be applied 365 days/year in their facility. Additionally, he estimates that the cost of pre-stained is roughly one third of hiring someone to stain on site.

Pre-stained cedar siding gets delivered to the job site protected from weather conditions—therefore, no scrambling to tarp stacks of untreated cedar from rain. Furthermore, if workers are applying the stain, weather can cause delays, siding can get wet, and there remains a mess to clean up afterwards. Also, on-site staining can result in an inferior finish compared to machine-staining.

Forgoing stain altogether may also result in a shorter siding life-span. Jenkins explains that in the northern hemisphere, the south side of a building should be re-stained about every 4-5 years; the rest can be done every 6-7 years. This is because intense UV rays break down the stain colourants. Re-staining is relatively cheap and requires little prepping when done in a timely manner.

A natural softwood, cedar siding is more expensive, but when properly maintained, it can last nearly a lifetime. It’s also more eco-friendly than other materials, and pre-treated siding is more environmentally safe than the cedar being sprayed at the job site; therefore, you have a healthier work environment. In addition, cedar siding is susceptible to fewer problems than other types of wood, such as rot, bacteria, and mildew.

Furthermore, pre-stained cedar done by the manufacturer under controlled conditions ensures proper moisture content and consistent application. So in addition to avoiding the costs of hiring someone to stain untreated cedar, purchasing pre-stained siding delivers a durable and appealing end product, available in any colour under the sun.

Indeed, production won’t be at the mercy of sub-contractors’ schedules and less storage is required at the job site. The efficiency of having the cedar siding delivered to the job site pre-stained and ready to install can’t be understated.

Pre-stained cedar is clearly an organic choice for builders and homeowners who value West Coast style, longevity, and supporting eco-friendly products. In addition to its many other benefits, cedar is biodegradable and will not end up clogging the local landfill. The dedicated professionals at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products are happy to help you with your upcoming building ventures, no matter the location, since they deliver the finished product worldwide.