Redwood Properties | Uses, Advantages and Disadvantages

Redwood is durable, moderately moisture resistant, and highly decay resistant softwood. This is a great option for both interior and exterior.

It is a great versatile softwood that is used for almost all types of wood projects. Being a softwood, it is easy to work with hand and machine tools.

Redwood is also known for its naturally rich color. Redwoods range from pink-brown to deep reddish-brown.

The world’s tallest tree is the Hyperion, which is a coastal redwood, in California. The height of the coastal redwood tree is 380 feet and 15 ft trunk diameter. The average lifespan of a redwood is 500 to 700 years. But the age of the coastal redwood is about 2000 years old.

Redwood Tree
Redwood Tree

Redwood Uses

Redwood Uses

Construction beam

Redwood is strong softwood and its long lumber is readily available. Therefore, it is most commonly used for beams and supports. 


Redwood is a premium wood and is used to make strong and durable veneer sheets. The cost of redwood veneer sheets is less compared to solid redwood.

Posts and Decking

Post and decking withstand constant moisture and sunlight. In this case, Redwood is a remarkable post and deck material. Because redwood is very stable and straight. 

Its heartwood is resistant to insects and weathering. Redwood can be used for decking without any chemical treatment.

Exterior Furniture, and Trim

Redwood is considered the finest wood for Exterior Furniture and also a good choice for interior applications. 

It is also easy to work with all types of tools. Hence it is also used for wood carving and trim.

Redwood needs almost no maintenance. It is used around windows and photo frames and more. It can be used anywhere without worrying about knots. 

Musical Instruments

Redwood is a superb tonewood and is widely used for solid bodies. Redwood is used in making musical instruments. Such as guitar, piano, and soundbox.

Redwood Advantages and Disadvantages



Redwood is a durable wood. Which can be used for many decades without any maintenance. It is able to resist the wear and tear of daily use as well as the weather.

Easy to work 

Redwood is very easy to work with. redwood can be easily cut, sawed, and drilled. It saves the time of woodworkers because it is light in weight. It can be easily moved. 

Beautiful and attractive grain 

Furniture made from redwood is beautiful and elegant. Furniture made of redwood looks beautiful and attractive. It has burl and growth ring patterns.

A Versatile wood

Redwood has excellent properties that make it a versatile wood. Redwood can be a great choice for indoor and outdoor furniture.



Redwood is a softwood that makes it prone to dents and scratches. That’s why it needs regular care and maintenance.


It is also fairly expensive. Because of the continuous harvesting of redwood forests. The population of redwood trees has decreased in the last few decades.

Loses its vibrant contrast

Like most softwoods, redwood tends to lose its natural vibrant contrast and becomes a medium brown color.

is redwood good for firewood?

Redwood is a good choice to start a fire. It is a softwood, so it is easy to split. But it does not generate much heat. The BTU value of Coast Redwood is 20.1Million BTUs per Cord.

The BTU rating measures the energy required to burn a piece of wood.

There are Three Redwoods

  1. Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides)
  2. Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)
  3. Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides)

Dawn redwood is a small deciduous coniferous tree. Trees can grow up to 140 to 150 feet tall and have a diameter of 5 to 6 feet.

It has needle-like leaves with small stalks and they are arranged opposite each other. 

Distribution: Central China

Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

Giant Sequoia is the most massive tree on earth that grows very fast and is long-lived.  The tree height is 316 feet tall and the trunk diameter is 31.4 feet.

Distribution: Western slopes of Sierra Nevada Mountains in Central California

Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

Coast Redwood is known as the largest tree in the world. Its tree height is 379 feet (115 m) or more. Its age is more than 2,000 years.

Distribution: Northern California Coast, and into southernmost coastal Oregon.

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