The lifetime of a structure depends on the quality of lumber you use to build it.
At Allweather Wood, we understand how critical it is to have the right materials and products. For more than 30 years, we've carried the largest selection of cedar lumber in Edmonton. Whether you are building a deck or a fence, remodeling your home, or need lumber for a DIY project, you can trust us with quality service and solutions.
Choosing the material for your decking can be a difficult decision. The options – cedar, treated, and composite – each offer different features, benefits, and drawbacks. This page is for cedar and treated lumber. Learn more about composite decking here.
Cedar is a common softwood lumber used in the building industry. The primary benefit of using cedar is that it withstands rot and decay for over 30 years with minimal maintenance. The natural attraction of cedar is its vast variety of tones, vibrant rich colour, and its natural aroma. Not only is it used for its sustainability, it is also used for its aesthetics in architectural design. Cedar is available in a wide variety of dimensional lumber, timbers, siding profiles, and interior finishing products. While cedar is a more expensive option than treated lumber, it is a low-moisture wood, meaning it won’t twist and warp as easily. It will likely lie flat and straight for its lifespan, which tends to be around 15 to 20 years.
The most common applications for cedar are:
Cedar comes in two grades. These are tight knot and clear. Tight knot cedar has knots in the wood, though they are intact and there are no holes. Clear cedar is cedar that has no holes or knots, has a nice grain to it, and is generally used to give your project a finished look.
We offer cedar products in a variety of dimensions. We can also saw custom orders upon request. Allweather Wood Products offers some of the highest-quality lumber in the Edmonton area.
Pressure-treated lumber is a spruce/pine lumber that is treated with Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ). The treatment is necessary to withstand elements of rot or decay and to repel insects and micro-organisms. This material is ideal for decks, fences, and other outdoor projects. Treated lumber also costs less than cedar. As such, treated lumber is the way to go if you are looking for economy and longevity. Treated lumber also stands up to abuse well, which is good for stairs or decks that have a lot of furniture on them.
ACQ-treated material is safe to use for residential building.
Pressure-treated lumber comes in two types: incised and non-incised. Incised wood has puncture marks and is ideal for projects that come into contact with soil. Non-incised wood does not have these puncture marks and works best for projects such as decks and fences. We can provide you with all the treated lumber you need in Edmonton.
We provide more than just the raw lumber too. You can also find hardware, fasteners, and wood stains at our lumber yard. When you are planning a home project and need lumber and other materials, contact us and we’ll get you set up.