Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar is one of North America’s great renewable resources. Slow grown and naturally durable, Cedar has one of the longest life spans of any North American softwood. It can produce long lengths of clear timber with true straight grain, it is free from pitch and has natural resistance to decay. Its low density gives an excellent insulation value superior to most species. Lightweight, easy to work with, easy to finish, easy to stain, possessing outstanding dimensional stability, Western Red Cedar is the perfect material for exterior cladding applications.
Western Red Cedar is one of the world’s most durable species. With natural resistance to moisture, decay and insect damage, Cedar remains the premier choice for timber cladding. Fibres in the timber contain natural preservatives that are toxic to decay-causing fungi. Cedars durability is class 2, which is classed as ‘durable’. Cedar will weather to a silver grey colour if left untreated over a period of time, but if this is not your preference Cedar is very receptive to most stains.
Cedar is hygroscopic and will absorb or discharge moisture to attain equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere, however, it has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to all coniferous species in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking.