The Redwood trees of California have been harvested since the time of the first Spanish settlers, 400 years ago. It is a highly prized lumber product renowned for several unique features. One of the most dimensionally stable of the western softwoods, redwood is not prone to checking and splitting, and therefore is less damaged by weathering. It is decay-resistant in all heartwood grades, so heartwood can be used near the ground. Redwood is more insect repellent in all-heartwood grades than other softwoods, yet it is lightweight.
Despite being one of the lightest of softwoods Redwood provides adequate strength for a wide variety of uses. It is superior in insulation values. The minute cell structure with thousands of air-filled cavities accounts for Redwood's thermal insulation values. Redwood is easily machined, easy to saw and nail and has superior gluing properties as well as superior finish-holding ability. It is known for its easy maintenance and beautiful color: a deep reddish brown that darkens with age. Redwood is most often used for applications where high moisture levels are a problem for other types of wood. It is also specified for its exquisite coloring.We offer redwood siding, decking and lumber for all kinds of projects. Photo: above left: 2x2 recycled California Redwood used on the Lewis Creek Rec Center in Bellevue, WA.
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« Redwood Timbers and Posts : Redwood is one of the lightest North American softwoods used in structural applications. However it is comparatively strong to other heavier species. It's resistance to checking, cupping andd warping male it an excellent choice fot any timber project.
« Redwood Boards Rich colors and great workability make Redwood a material suited for vitrtually any application. Wether you are paneling, triming, creating some accent features or simply restoring a great old house, Redwood can perform.
Above: Redwood siding was chosen to accentuate this bold design.
Lewis Creek Rec. Center Recycled California Redwood was milled to provide siding and trim for this exceptional community building in Bellevue, WA. Read more...
|Roofing & Exterior||•||Siding|
|Post and beams||•||Surfaced Four Sides S4S|
|•||Free of Heart Center (F.O.H.C.)|
|Boards||•||Surfaced One Side and Two Edges (S1S2E)|
|•||Surfaced For Sides (S4S)|
|Paneling & Patterns||•||Tongue and groove|
Acoustic properties: N/A
Density(oven-dry): 27.22 lb/ft3
Specific Gravity (oven dry): 0.37
Durability: Redwood is rated as resistant to very resistant to heartwood decay.
Finishing: Redwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatments.
Flame spread rating: 65(class II)
Smoke developed classification: N/A
Hardness: 410 lbf
MOE: 1.34 106lbf/in2
Stability: High dimensional stability
Workability: Redwood works easily with both hand and machine tools, with little dulling effect on tools. It planes well, provided the cutters are sharp and it splinters easily when working on the end grain. It holds nails well, and paints and finishes satisfactorily. It also stains well, but glues best with alkaline adhesives.