Western Red Cedar


Western Red Cedar is a multi-faceted wood of exceptional beauty. In its natural, unfinished state, it has a richly textured, tactile grain combined with a palette of warm, mellow tones ranging from light amber to deep honey brown. No man-made material can duplicate the depth of cedar's natural luster. It also remains subtly aromatic, and the characteristic fragrance of cedar adds another dimension to its universal appeal.

Whether used in wall paneling or ceilings, doors or windows, mouldings, railings, or posts or beams, the presence and prestige of cedar enhances structures of any type or design, contemporary or traditional, homs, offices, stores or public buildings. As a matter of fact, one can consider Western Red Cedar for just about any design situation. Western Red Cedar contains natural oils that act as preservatives to help the wood resist insect attack and decay. Cedar is also a dimensionally stable wood that lies flat and stays straight. Properly finished and maintained, Western Red Cedar ages gracefully and endures for many years. Cedar is the preferred material for all outdoor applications that seek visual harmony with the landscape combined with stability and durability: from siding and patio decking to fences, planters, screens, shelters and garden furniture. Indoors, cedar's dimensional stability makes it perfectly suited to a variety of uses in high moisture areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and saunas. Beauty aside, the purely practical, dollars-and-cents value of cedar offers other benefits: the wood's cellular structure creates interior air spaces that give it an insulation value higher than most woods and much higher than brick or concrete. Buildings which feature cedar paneling, ceilings or siding tend to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Cedar also has excellent sound suppression and absorption qualities.


Pleasing appearance

Easy to work with 

Finishes Easily

Resists splitting

In-place dimensional stability

Light in weight

High comparative strength

Natural insulation

Natural preservatives for longer life

Free of pitch

Holds paint better


Acoustic properties: Cedar tends to dampen sound transmission Density(oven-dry): 21 lb/ft3

Specific Gravity (oven dry): 0.32

Durability: Durable species

Fasteners: Corrosion resistant only (aluminum, hot-dipped galvanized, and stainless steel)

Finishing: Paints, stains, varnishes, oils and waxes all work well

Flame spread rating: 69 (class II)

Smoke developed classification: 98

k value(12% mc): 0.74 BTU in.per square ft.h degrees F

R value: 1.35 in. of thickness

Stability: Cedar is the most stable softwood species

Workability: Easy to cut, saw, nail and glue