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WESTERN RED CEDAR


( Thuja plicata )

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Western Red Cedar Sizes, Spans, and Specs

You have choices when using Western Red Cedar!

Regardless of the size or thickness needed for your red cedar, you have a wide variety of choices when using Western Red Cedar for your project. If you are using the red cedar for structures that are load bearing, you will want to be sure to look at the specs and span tables listed below.

Cedar Span Specs:

Using Red Cedar allows you to decide on a size that looks better for the design you are creating. Based on the  specs, and span, you can even choose to have beams overhang off of roof areas or  cedar decks, just make sure they don’t span more than 3’ over.

When deciding on post size for your cedar wood, it is in proportion to the size of your beam. This means that the post should have equal width to the beam’s width that they are supporting. Be sure that all of your designs for the cedar decking wood are looked over by a professional architect or engineer, so be certain sizes and support of your red cedar wood meet safety needs.

When building a deck out of cedar, you have a wide selection of widths, lengths, and thicknesses to choose from.  Here are a few span and specs to help you determine how to get the most of your cedar wood.

Explore the specs and span table below to determine the maximum spans and specs for all cedar decking, which is based on using a continuous beam. This beam has two spans that are equal and a 220lb concentrated load, which is located at the center of one span. The absolute span of the boards, take into account how thick the supporting joist is underneath.

Thickness in Inches

Width in Inches

Grade Category in Inches

Span in Inches

2

6

Knotty and Clear

24

2

4

Knotty and Clear

24

1-1/4

6

Knotty and Clear

16

1-1/4

4

Knotty and Clear

16

1-1/4

4

Knotty and Clear

12

western red cedar spans

Cedar span specs: Amount Needed for Red Cedar decking wood

Trying to determine the exact amount of red cedar needed for your cedar decking project can be confusing. You don’t want to buy too much or too little of Western red cedar. To help you make a better estimate, try the using the linear footage calculator below that is used to cover 100 square feet of your red cedar decking project.

Nominal Size in Inches

Linear Feet

2 x 6

211

2 x 4

325

1-1/4 x 4

325

1-1/4 x 6

211

Red Cedar is one of the top choices for professional outdoor deck builders. Red cedar’s durability, stability, and resistance to rot, decay or pests, make it a smart choice. From building a dream deck to having comfortable wood furniture, you can’t go wrong when using this red cedar. Be sure to check out your Red Cedar options in size, color, thickness, and span and specs when deciding on your project details.

If you are having any problems determining the sizes, specs or span for your outdoor red cedar decking project, contact Austin Wholesale Decking Supply.

We offer competitive pricing on all Red Cedar and are experienced in helping you determine the right specs and spans you need for your next cedar decking project. Visit our store today or give us a call. We are ready to help you make your outdoor living space a reality.    At Austin Wholesale Decking Supply, we have a wide selection of red cedar and other natural decking woods to choose from.  We can help you understand the right spans and specs for your next cedar decking project.

Call us today to discover how we can help you with your next decking project. 

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Austin, TX 78753
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