- Redwood and cedar heartwood has glowing color,
- Handsome straight grains
- Natural resistance to rot and insects.
- Boards are easy to cut and can be left untreated to weather naturally.
- Life span is easily more than 20 years.
- Both are expensive.
- Redwood sapwood – the newer wood closer to the bark – rots when exposed for sustained periods to moisture.
- Cedar sapwood breaks down quickly in moist conditions.