Quality is Beautiful, Durable,
Versatile, Easy to Use & Maintain
Choosing a favorite quality of
Western Red Cedar is like trying to
decide a favorite flavor of ice
cream. Start with the basics like
vanilla and chocolate, and the
choices multiply from there.
So it is with Western Red Cedar.
Basically, it is beautiful, and its
ability to accept stains means its
beauty comes in many hues. As one of
North America's most durable woods,
it lasts for decades and even
centuries. Light in weight,
uniformly textured, straight-grained
and containing no resin, Western Red
Cedar is easy to work with, with a
wide variety of uses.
It is a favorite material of
architects and builders, but they
may not agree on why. With Western
Red Cedar, it's difficult to decide
which of its many qualities is best.
Red Cedar is beautiful, in both
sight and scent. No man-made
material can duplicate the depth of
Western Red Cedar's natural luster.
Its subtle, natural aroma is another
hallmark of its universal appeal.
It's one of
North America's most durable woods.
Natural resistance to
deterioration has long made Western
Red Cedar the premier choice for
either interior or exterior home
use. Cedar fibers contain natural
compounds called thujaplicins that
act as natural preservatives, making
the wood extremely long-lasting.
These compounds also give the wood
its distinct aroma. Properly
finished, Western Red Cedar will
last for decades, even in harsh
It lays flat
and stays straight. The even
grain and relatively consistent
density make Western Red Cedar less
likely to swell, warp, cup and twist
than other soft and hard woods. As a
result, it retains a distinguished
appearance that lends a mark of
quality to any home.
Cedar is easy to use. Low
density and consistency make it an
ideal wood to cut, saw, nail and
glue. Even a handsaw goes through
the wood easily.
Western Red Cedar offers a rainbow
of choices. Though rich in
extractives that enhance durability,
Western Red Cedar is free of the
pitch and resin found in other
softwoods. That makes it ideal for a
wide range of finishes. From lightly
toned clear solutions to two-coat
solid colors, cedar ranks at the top
in its ability to accept and
maintain a finish.
in weight. Western Red
Cedar's large, open cell structure
makes it less dense than most other
softwoods. This quality makes it
easy to move from place to place on
It's warm -
or cool. Western Red Cedar's
low density increases the insulation
of a home by transporting less heat
through interior wall paneling or
exterior wall siding than brick or
stone, vinyl or gypsum drywall.
Conversely, it helps keep interiors
warmer in cold weather.
Cedar's insulation blocks noise.
As an interior paneling or exterior
siding, the low density of Western
Red Cedar makes it an acoustical
barrier of much greater quality than
most products marketed for those
Red Cedar's Qualities Mean in the
and paneling. Beauty,
durability, choice of finish,
insulation value and dimensional
stability make Western Red Cedar a
premier material for exterior siding
and interior paneling. Its ability
to accept different stains, dampen
vibrations and reduce or confine
noise makes it particularly
effective for use as paneling. The
wood is versatile enough to be used
in residential, commercial or
industrial structures and is widely
used in saunas for its low thermal
Pleasing to the senses,
naturally durable and stable,
Western Red Cedar is a very popular
choice for decking material. It
stays flat and stable and lasts for
decades with easy maintenance.
Western Red Cedar decks are firm but
resilient, not hard and unyielding.
While the wood is ideal for almost
all types of finishes, in addition
homeowners who prefer a distinctive
silver gray color may allow their
decks to age naturally.
uses. Produced in a range of
patterns and sizes, Western Red
Cedar often appears in fencing,
lattice, balustrades, gazebos,
pergolas and in decorative
accessories. Because it needs
minimal treatment, unlike the toxic
chemical preservatives used on
pressure-treated woods, Western Red
Cedar is ideal for use in playground
equipment. Wood carvers and other
artisans choose it for its beauty
Red Cedar -
and homeowners around the world
continue to appreciate the natural
beauty of Western Red Cedar, a wood
with roots of use that date back
centuries to the Native Americans
who first named it the "Tree of
Life." Today, Western Red Cedar also
provides unmatched durability and
versatility - qualities that make it
perhaps the most beloved and valued
of the building woods.