Redwood. The majestic tree, a symbol of power. A prominent member of mythology. The fact you can chop it down and put it in your garden. And on top of that, the fact you can take the already chopped down wood, mix it with plastic and make something called composite lumber, something durable, resistant to mould and sun bleaching, and you don’t have to chop down trees to get it because it’s made from recycled materials. That doesn’t mean that they’re aren’t problems, resentment is probably top of the list, as is always the case when you come home with something beautiful in your arms. If you are interested in decking, see here: Dino Decking.
- Its majesty is rivalled by its complication
There’s something about deciding on buying composite lumber the colour of redwood, taking it home to meet the family, tearing up when your mother takes you aside and explains that this is the one. Your kids love it, even the dog loves it. A year goes by blissfully, then there, in the middle of summer, you’re sat in your favourite Hawaiian shorts, a cocktail in your hand, brightly coloured with a tiny umbrella in it, and then you look over and notice that the dog’s been sick on the decking. It doesn’t matter how much you spend, how rare the wood is, or how good the cause is, choosing composite over traditional hardwood, life will find a way, and dogs will be sick when feeling unwell.
- It may upset environmentalists
People love trees. They hug them, they kiss them, they’d take them out to dinner, place them inside swan-shaped gondolas if they could. So, when they come and enjoy a day of barbequing on your porch, casually inquiring as to what wood is involved in the mixing processwith plastic to get the durable decking known as composite, and you say, “It’s redwood” in a cheerful tone. You do not see the look in their eyes, the light slowly dying as the sun sets on the horizon, oblivious to dangers to come. You may find yourself explaining over and over that all your composite lumber is made from one-hundred-percentrecycled materials, but the fear is there, and the people will not be satisfied until they know the trees are safe.
- Coloured stains are much more noticeable
This isn’t immediately obvious, especially when considering some of the more inconspicuous colours out there, but this is redwood we’re talking about. Every scratch is an afront to the history of this tree’s magnanimous history. Every spill is grounds for divorce. Every dropped burgerinsights the anger from the local environmentalists.Stains happen, Animals gnaw and defecate and burry. Environmental pressures mean that winters are warmer, summers are cooler, and spring if off doing a strange dance by itself, and we’re left with a stiff brush in hand, screaming, “When will it end!”
- May be hard to detect pests
Insects are hard to detect, especially when they don’t want to be. Perhaps it’s something to do with the evolution between these magnificent trees, striking the sky like a burning sword, and all the strange little things that have grown up alongside them. Now we’re in the modern day, likely a garden in some suburban areas and the local beetles stop, notice the colour, and then they decide to move in.
- You may feel bad using redwood for the entire garden
Redwood is beautiful, a little subjective, a little finite, a little of something that we’re not quite sure, something deep in the grain. Thanks to the wonderful works done by modern intelligent humans we get to take a bit of wood and mix it with some plastic that nobody is using anymore, and we don’t have to worry because it’s all recycled. And then we see another patch of grass and think to ourselves, “A bit of decking would be nice there.” Now we’recovering everything in redwood: the path, the boarders of the garden, the edge of the pool, the bottom of the pool, and there in the back of our mind is a voice that asks, “How much redwood is there out there, not being used?”
In the end, it’s understandable that redwood is popular. Not only does it have physical properties such as the colour, the beauty of its grain. Mixing that with the history and mythology that surrounds it, and then you add in the strangeness that surrounds the world of composite decking, those strange few who manage to give us the chance to decorate our gardens in a manner of our choosing, while soothing us with kind thoughts about environmentalism, so we don’t have to worry about stains and spills and all things human.