Western Red Cedar – Naturally Perfect OutsideJuly 8th, 2013 | Posted by in Green Building | Green Products
Western Red Cedar is a gorgeous and practical choice for all kinds of exterior applications including siding, fencing and decking. It looks great year after year, and weathers the elements and ravages of outdoor life especially well thanks to several intrinsic properties:
Thanks to preservatives that occur naturally in the wood fiber, Cedar is intrinsically resistant to moisture, decay and insect damage. These preservatives are also toxic to decay-causing fungi.
Because of its low density and shrinkage factors, Western Red Cedar is one of the most stable American “softwoods.” It lies flat, stays straight, and holds fastenings tightly so your deck or siding stays sturdy and looks great – even with shifts in temperature and humidty.
Cedar will stand up to the elements (sun, rain, heat and cold) year after year.
Rated for safety
Cedar exceeds safety classifications for flame spread and smoke development and does not require preservative treatments.
Easy To Work With
Western Red Cedar produces long, lightweight lengths of timber with a fine, straight grain and uniform texture that make it easy to cut, saw and nail with common tools. It is also very light on pitch and resin so it holds glue bonds and takes stain beautifully.
We are very excited to announce that our Seattle and Portland locations are now stocking FSC-certified Western Red Cedar decking, siding and fences from British Columbia. You will love it when you see it!