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The Impressive Strength And Durability Of Redwood

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Redwoods are among the oldest and tallest trees in the world, reaching heights in excess of 160 – 270 feet and higher. The average lifespan for a redwood tree is 500 years, but some have been known to live for over 2,000 years. Recently, a redwood tree was discovered with a record-breaking height of 379 feet. There is no question these trees are built to last. The natural characteristics of the wood fiber ensure that the material holds up well to the forces of nature, withstanding drastic temperature changes and fire. The strength and durability that enables the redwood tree to survive harsh conditions are the same qualities that make redwood desirable wood products for building.

Given its light weight, redwood has surprising strength, especially shear strength. Shear strength is the ability of a material to resist a sliding failure in the direction of the force, such as wood splitting under a heavy load. Shear strength has an impact on how far apart studs can be placed and still maintain the integrity of a structure. Redwood, with its comparatively high shear strength, allows for more flexibility in construction.

As if that were not enough, our redwood deck products and fencing also carry a California Class B fire rating, meaning the wood is able to withstand moderate exposure to fire. Homeowners that choose redwood for their deck, fence, or other outdoor project, can feel comfortable knowing that they are lowering their risk of excessive fire damage to their outdoor environment.

Yet another component of redwood’s durability is a natural resistance to insects and decay. The natural tannins occurring in real redwood help protect the wood from these issues. This means that chemical treatments are not necessary to protect the wood from insect infestation or decay.

All of these great qualities come together to make redwood decking and redwood fencing a long-lasting part of your beautiful home or yard. For more information about how redwood stacks up to other materials, visit our why redwood page, or explore redwood vs. other materials.