Siding

Real Cedar Siding

Introduction
Siding Home
Why Real Cedar?
Western Red Cedar Characteristics
Sustainability
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Bevel Siding
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Tongue & Groove Siding
Lap or Channel Siding
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Installation
General Installation
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Bevel
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Trim Boards
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Finishing
How to Finish
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Decking

Real Cedar Decking

Introduction
Decking Home
Why Real Cedar?
Western Red Cedar Characteristics
Sustainability
Planning
Decking Calculator
Deck Projects
Roof Deck
Raised Deck
Ground Level Deck
Uphill Sloping Lot Deck
Building
Fastener Recommendations
Stair & Railing Installation
Finishing
Finishing Tips
Restoration
Care & Maintenance
Outdoor

Real Cedar Outdoor

Introduction
Outdoor Home
Why Real Cedar?
Western Red Cedar Characteristics
Sustainability
Design & Spec
Real Cedar Free DIY Project Plans
Design Tips
Building
Project Preparation
Outdoor Fasteners
Fence Construction
Fence Specifications
Prebuilt Fence Panels
Finishing
Finishing Techniques
Finishing Tips
Restoration Tips
Care & Maintenance
Indoor

Western Red Cedar Indoor

Introduction
Indoor Home
Why Real Cedar?
Western Red Cedar Characteristics
Sustainability
Planning
Cedar Saunas
Traditional Saunas
Infrared Cedar Sauna
Cedar Indoor Design Tips
Building Products
Building Preparation
Indoor T&G Paneling
Doors & Windows
Blinds & Shutters
Finishing
Finishing Tips
Care & Maintenance
Timbers

Real Cedar Timbers

Introduction
Timbers Home
Why Real Cedar?
Western Red Cedar Characteristics
Sustainability
Planning
Grades and Specifications
Building
Preparation
Installation
Maintenance
Finishing
Restoring Western Red Cedar Timbers
Care & Maintenance
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Stair & Railing Installation

Stairs & Railings

Installing Cedar Decking and Railings

Most raised decks require stairs for access to ground level, while railings are necessary for safety. Along with their practical functions, stairs and railings can add architectural interest to your home and deck. When planning stairs, consider whether you want a gradual or steep ascent and adjust ratio of riser to tread accordingly. The stair width can range all the way from the full span of a deck to a minimum 3 ft. wide.

Fasteners & Supports

For all outdoor work you should use rust-resistant hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel nails. Other fasteners and hardware such as bolts, screws and hinges should also be made from similar corrosion resistant materials.

Footings

Firm foundations for decks and stair posts are critical for durability and safety. Precast concrete footings are available from your building supply dealer, but pouring your own allows greater flexibility and is more likely to provide better long term performance.

Construction Tips for Decks & Stairs

  • Measure twice, cut once.
  • Use a plumb bob to check vertical line of posts.
  • Drill pilot holes when nailing or screwing close to the edge of wood.
  • Use a 16d nail or wood spacer to ensure equal spacing between boards.
  • River rock on 6 mm poly under the deck inhibits weed growth.