Kiln dried lumber is put into a large oven and force dried down to approximately 12% moisture. Green lumber is lumber still holding sap moisture from the field. That could be a moisture level of 20-30% moisture or greater depending on where it came from. This type of question should come up when attempting a project with any joins, 45 degree cuts and miter cuts. The problem being when the wood is holding moisture it will have a tendency to shrink and create gaps in your joins and miters. This will create water penetration points and cut down the longevity of your project.
As we look out our doors and see our gardens coming alive, we begin to envision the nice weather and spending more time outdoors. It is this time of year that many people begin to think about building, replacing or fixing their decks. Nothing says summer like cool, refreshing drinks outside on our decks with family and friends. When you are planning your new deck or maybe siding your home, think cedar.
Why choose cedar over other types of exterior wood choices? If you listed the pros for each of the wood types you would find that cedar is the most well rounded and stable choice. Cedar has a much tighter and therefore stable wood grain that creates a lesser tendency to warp or twist. Cedar has a built in natural wood preservative whereas other woods need to be chemically treated, making cedar an eco-friendly, green and biodegradable choice. Cedar decking and siding is lighter and easier to work with yet still extremely durable with the added bonus of the natural cedar fragrance and unsurpassed beauty that can’t be found with other woods.
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