Aromatic & beautiful with a natural insect repellent, Western red cedar is pitch and resin-free. Which means it’s ideal for accepting and holding a wide range of beautiful finishes. Cedar also comes in a wide range of lumber dimensions, surface textures and grades. So no matter what your desired effect is, Western Red Cedar is the go-to choice.
There are many benefits to Western Red Cedar
- Cedar is durable and strong– Western Red Cedar is lightweight but stable and is less likely to crack and warp than even treated lumber. Western Red Cedar contains oils that act as preservatives to deter insect attack and decay. This same oil gives cedar it’s distinctive smell.
- Cedar stays cool – Western Red Cedar doesn’t absorb much heat, so even on very hot days, your cedar furniture will stay cool to the touch.
- Cedar is a superior alternative – Western Red Cedar looks better than plastic or resin. It is also a non-toxic alternative to chemically treated wood, often referred to as pressure-treated, which are soaked in chemical preservatives and require warning labels for anyone handling them.
- Cedar is a renewable resource – When it comes to environmental performance, natural wood is superior to synthetic products in every way. Unlike brick, cement, and composites, Real Cedar is renewable and biodegradable. The Western Red Cedar we sell is grown in managed forests subject to controlled harvests and reforestation programs.
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Decks made with Western Red Cedar, one of the world’s most beautiful woods, is apt to be one of the best looking decks in the neighborhood. But Western Red Cedar decks have much more going for them than good looks alone. Extending living space to the outdoors, integrating home and landscape, making use of damp or uneven terrain and giving a contemporary look to a traditionally- styled home are just a few of the ways that decks make life a little better.
Pergolas are a popular outdoor addition to any home. These open structures use cross beams to create an open roof that allows the sun to shine on your outdoor living space. Backyard pergolas can cover outdoor dining areas, living spaces, hot tub areas and more. Pergolas can be freestanding out in the open or on a patio. Anchoring it to the deck or the ground keeps the garden structure stable. Pergolas can also be attached to the side of a home or other buildings to create a covered area similar to a porch. Both pergola types are stable and very stylish.
Cedar has long been a popular choice as a fencing material. Cedar wood is extremely durable and holds up well to outdoor weather conditions. Because of its characteristics, cedar fencing will generally outlast fences made from softer, less durable wood, such as pine. In addition to its inherent durability, the natural oils within the wood will help to deter insect damage and rotting. Cedar does not need to be chemically treated, making it a good choice for families who prefer to use natural products. A properly installed cedar fence will look great for a long time. Not only will it resist the effects of bad weather, but it will also maintain its straight and aligned appearance. Although many types of wood are prone to warping or shrinking over time, cedar tends to retain its shape and size beautifully.
Aesthetically, there really is no substitute for the natural beauty of Real Cedar.
Cedar can create beautiful outdoor and indoor living spaces. Take a look at the many DIY projects available on the RealCedar website, then come into Front Range Lumber for your supplies! Our experienced staff can answer any questions you have to help your project run smoothly, and we deliver too!