Cedar has a warmth of color and varying grain pattern that is unmatched by the many synthetic and composite products that have been invented to replace it. Even with solid colors, Western Red Cedar has a texture and authenticity that is still the most desired appearance for high end design.
Cedar is an ideal choice for both interior and exterior uses. It is one of the most naturally durable and decay resistant softwoods we can use to build our homes. The wood of Western Red Cedar contains naturally occurring fungicides, called thujaplicins, which give Western Red Cedar its resistance to decay. Another extractive in the wood, thujic acid, helps makes it resistant to insect attack. Properly installed and finished, Western Red Cedar will last for decades or centuries - even in the harshest of environments.
Like all woods, Western Red Cedar will absorb and discharge moisture to reach equilibrium with its environment. However, Cedar’s consistent, low density allows it to cup, warp and twist much less than other exterior softwoods.
Cedar’s low density and consistency make it an ideal wood to cut, saw, nail and glue. Even a handsaw goes through cedar “like butter".
Western Red Cedar, though rich in extractives, is free of the pitch and resin found in other softwoods, making it ideal for a wide range of finishes. From lightly toned clear solutions or semi-transparent stains to multi-coat solid colors, Western Red Cedar is superior in its ability to accept and maintain a finish.
Western Red Cedar's unique cell structure makes it one of the lightest commercial softwoods. At 12% moisture content it weighs approximately 23 lbs per cubic foot and has a relative density (specific gravity) of .32. Western Red Cedar's low density makes it easy to handle and economical to transport.
Thermal and Acoustic Insulation
Western Red Cedar is superior in its ability to resist thermal conductivity more than any other commonly available softwood. At 12% moisture content it has an R value of 1.35 per inch of thickness, which is 8 times better than concrete, 400 times better than steel, and 2,000 times that of aluminum.
Western Red Cedar has very good sound dampening properties and is superior to most other sidings and panelings.
Western Red Cedar has a vast growth range and – like other North American softwoods – is replanted at a rate 7 times that of harvest.
Do any research on Western Red Cedar and other North American softwoods and you will discover what those of us in the construction business already know: wood is the most renewable resource for the construction of just about any part of your home. Cedar boasts a far superior “Green” story than any of its plastic, steel, aluminum, or concrete replacements.
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