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Cedar Decking Cost

Cedar decking is a popular choice for outdoor projects because of its versatility, vibrant color and light weight. Natural cedar wood is resistant to pests and can withstand extreme weather conditions. Home and property owners can get decades of use out of their decks that are built out of cedar decking. See what it costs with the guide below.

The Costs


  • The average cost of basic cedar decking is $4.63 per linear foot.

  • The minimum cost of basic cedar decking is $3.89 per linear foot.

  • The maximum cost of basic cedar decking is $5.39 per linear foot.


  • The average cost of mid-grade cedar decking is $5.62 per linear foot. This includes treated cedar decking.

  • The minimum cost of mid-grade quality cedar decking is $4.51 per linear foot.

  • The maximum cost of mid-grade cedar decking is $6.59 per linear foot.

High Quality

  • The average cost of the highest quality of cedar decking is $6.56 per linear foot.

  • The minimum cost of the highest quality of cedar decking is $5.43 per linear foot.

  • The maximum cost of the highest quality of cedar decking is $7.70 per linear foot.

Types of Cedar Decking

Cedar decking is typically sold in lengths of 6 feet and thicknesses of 4 to 6 inches. Manufacturers create coordinating poles that are used in conjunction with the decking for building purposes. The cedar is typically used as the finished or visible surface; it is generally not strong enough to be used for the framing of the deck. The rail pieces may be finished with a decorative touch, although the decking pieces are generally finished to make a flat surface ideal for walking. Cedar decking can be painted but most property owners simply seal the wood or leave it natural. The major types of cedar decking include:

  • Untreated cedar decking: Most cedar decking is left untreated because it has a natural resistance to moisture, weathering and pest infestation.

  • Treated cedar decking: Cedar decking can be pressure treated with chemicals that increase its natural resistance to moisture and insects.

Benefits of Cedar Decking

There are many benefits to home and property owners who select cedar decking for their outdoor projects. These benefits include:

  •  Cedar decking has a vibrant color that adds visual interest to any outdoor project.

  • This makes the cedar decking attractive and easier to seal.

  • Cedar decking readily accepts stain. Using stain can deepen or enrich the natural color of the wood. The stain may also add protection against the elements.

  • Cedar wood produces natural oils that protect it from moisture, rot, weathering and decay.

  • The oils within the cedar repel wood, destroying insects such as carpenter ants and termites.

  • Cedar produces more protective oils as it ages, which helps it last longer than other types of hardwood.

  • The natural resistance of cedar to all types of weather and insects makes it an ideal choice for anywhere in the U.S.

  • Cedar decking is grown from cedar trees in the U.S. and is processed locally.

  • Cedar wood does not have resin or pitch, so it accepts glues, nails and other adhesives easily.

  • Cedar decking does not weigh as much as pine or other hardwoods, which makes it easier to work with.

  • Cedar decking will not warp due to extreme weather or through the aging process. This adds to the safety and aesthetics of a finished project.

Uses of Cedar Decking

Cedar decking is typically used for the finished surfaces of a deck. This includes the walking surface and any built-in seating. Cedar decking can also be used for outdoor furniture. To coordinate with the exterior of a home, cedar can also be used as siding, clapboards and shingles. Manufacturers produce coordinating pieces of cedar such as rail posts and spindles for a polished look to the finished project.

How to Choose the Best Cedar Decking

To choose the best type of cedar decking, home and property owners should consider what the cedar will be used for. If the cedar decking is to be a walking surface, it is best to select the highest quality possible to ensure durability and strength of the material.

For cedar decking used on sitting surfaces and for rail pieces, property owners should select pieces without any imperfections like knots. If there is exposed wood on an adjacent house, garage or other structure, the cedar should be finished to coordinate with the color of the existing wood. 

When Buying Cedar Decking

If the wood will be exposed to the elements, home or property owners should consider treated cedar or make certain to seal the cedar decking after it has been installed. This can help the decking last longer and retain its appearance. The cedar should be sealed every two to three years. When a large quantity of cedar decking is needed, property owners should pre-order the amount they need and make sure it comes from the same supplier as cedar grown in different areas of the country may have different natural coloration within the wood.

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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