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Western Red Cedar Story

Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) is a contemporary, yet classic building material offering beauty, versatility, and durability. No man-made material can match Cedar's beauty and centuries of proven performance. Western Red Cedar is preferred where attractive appearance, superior performance and resistance to weather are important.

Cedar is the ultimate green building material. It is legally, responsibly and sustainably harvested in the publicly managed forests of British Columbia, Canada. Less than 1% of standing timber is harvested each year. For each tree harvested, three are replanted to ensure our forests will exist in perpetuity. Western Red Cedar has the least impact on the environment throughout its life cycle. It requires significantly less energy to produce than man-made alternatives and is biodegradable.

With its low density and high proportion of air spaces, Western Red Cedar is the best thermal insulator among the commonly available softwood species and is far superior to brick, concrete and steel. This helps keep buildings cool in the summer and reduce heating costs in the winter. Cedar has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to all other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking.

Western Red Cedar's naturally occurring compounds called "thujaplicins" act as natural preservatives – making the wood incredibly durable. Properly finished and maintained, cedar will deliver decades of trouble-free service.

There are few more versatile building materials than Western Red Cedar. For example, Western Red Cedar exterior siding comes in a spectrum of patterns. These are available in a wide range of widths and thicknesses offering further flexibility in design. Cedar siding is available in clear or knotty grades with smooth surfaced, combed or rough sawn finishes, flat grain and vertical grain. Cedar is free of pitch and with its high degree of dimensional stability it is the best of the softwoods for accepting paints, stains, oils and other coatings. Not only does Western Red Cedar offer unparalleled performance, it is renowned for its distinctive beauty. Cedar provides an all natural beauty and warmth that cannot be duplicated by plastic, steel or composite products. A pleasing range of natural hues, tight grain patterns, and soft textures make it the choice of discerning homeowners, builders and architects. Don't settle for anything less than the best. Western Red Cedar…specify it by name.