With its legendary beauty and natural durability, cypress has long been a staple on beach homes along the Atlantic seaboard and throughout the Southern United States. Because cypress generates its own preservative oil, called cypressene, it’s an ideal wood for coastal locations with constant heat, humidity, and torrential rains. More recently, the use of cypress has spread from Maine to Southern California as the wood is increasingly being used in place of other wood species, such as cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated wood. Cypress is a wood of choice for exterior applications where longevity and good looks really count.
In addition to siding and decking, cypress serves a myriad of applications, including shingles and shakes, exterior trim, shutters, fencing and fence posts, window boxes, furniture, landscape design elements, and other outdoor essentials. Although cypress is well-regarded for its strength and durability, the wood is generally not recommended for ground contact applications.