Decks

Do all exterior wood surfaces, even cedar and redwood, require regular maintenance and treatment?

Yes. While some species of wood are more resistant to decay than others, the natural resins in all species begin to deteriorate after time. This leaves the wood susceptible to cupping, cracking, warping and splitting. Unprotected wood is also susceptible to moisture, algae, mold and moss.
Do all exterior wood surfaces, even cedar and redwood, require regular maintenance and treatment?

Do you do any sanding?

Typically, no. If wood is properly cleaned, sanding is not required and is not recommended. The whole idea is to preserve the wood. Removing wood by sanding does not extend the life of the wood, it shortens it. However, for painted decks sanding is required.
Do you do any sanding?

What are the fuzzies on my wood?

When wood is washed, some of the lignen in the wood is washed away. Lignin is the glue in the wood that holds the wood fibers together. When the lignin is washed away the wood fibers have a tendency to stand up. This is normal and is expected. In time (months) the fuzzies will separate and float away. Sanding is not encouraged or recommended.
What are the fuzzies on my wood?
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