Compare Santa Maria Decking to Pressure Treated          and Red Cedar Decking


Mataverde Premium Santa Maria hardwood is an all natural sustainable decking material that has some clear advantages over both red cedar and pressure treated decking materials on many measurable performance ratings. Learn how Mataverde FSC Certified Santa Maria hardwood decking compares to red cedar decking and pressure treated lumber decking materials in the Santa Maria decking versus softwood decking materials comparison chart below.


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Santa Maria Decking vs. Red Cedar and Pressure Treated Decking




Red Cedar Decking 

Pressure Treated Decking

Real Wood Product   Yes Yes Yes
Sustainably Harvested Material Yes FSC Yes Yes
Low Maintenance   Yes No No
Density High Low Low
Insect Resistance   Moderate No No
Rot Resistance   Yes No No
Cupping   Low Medium High  
Splitting   Low Medium High  
Warping   Low Medium High  
Checking   Low High   High  
Splintering Low Medium High  
Heat Retention   Low Low Low
Stability    High Medium Medium
Strength High Medium Medium
Span Capacity High  Medium Medium
Life Cycle Cost / SF / Year  Low High High 
Initial Decking Cost  Moderate Moderate Low





When you compare the beautiful and versatile Santa Maria medium density hardwood species to high density hardwood options such as Ipe, Cumaru, Machiche and Garapa, Santa Maria falls below them in hardness and strength. This does not mean that Santa Maria is not a beautiful and excellent decking material - because it is. It simply means that Santa Maria is not as strong as some of these other high density species.

When you compare Santa Maria hardwood decking or porch flooring to other wood decking material options, Santa Maria is in a league of its own. As you can see in the Santa Maria hardwood decking versus other wood decking materials comparison chart above, Santa Maria medium density hardwood decking clearly beats red cedar decking and pressure treated decking in terms of density, span capacity, strength of decking, splintering, insect resistance, decay and rot resistance and many more criteria.