The benefits of cedar on your staircase

December 18, 2012 2 min read

There are many steps that go into protecting your home from the elements. If you live an a part of the country with unpredictable or routinely damaging weather patterns, you want to be sure that your house is weather proof. The same sort of precautions go into making sure that your property doesn't get ransacked by invasive pests who will feed on the very walls keeping a roof over your family's head.

Most importantly, you want to make sure the wood underfoot is durable enough to sustain the wear and tear of regular traffic. This is especially true on outdoor staircases, where durability is key to ensuring that members of your family are able to walk on them safely.

This is why cedar is such a popular wood used by craftsmen in all areas of the house. Top quality cedar is naturally resistant to a number of factors that make other kinds of wood inferior.

Cedar is grown largely in the Pacific Northwest, where humidity levels are high throughout much of the year and the weather is extremely unpredictable. The trees have built up natural defenses to become less susceptible to damaging winds and also decrease their likelihood to rot when moisture levels peak.

This species also has a natural repellent to invasive bugs like cockroaches or termites that devour entire trees in a short amount of time when infestations get out of control. Since these pests aren't attracted to cedar, your home is less likely to have a pest problem when you use the material in furnishings or on the stairs.

The wood is extremely durable and is less prone to warping or expansion as it doesn't absorb water as easily as other species. This makes cedar the perfect choice for stair design, as your family wants a solid structure to support their travels.

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