Cedar trees grow in the Pacific Northwest of North America where weather is damp, and where fungus, microorganisms, and insects subject trees to destructive conditions. Trees such as the cedar tree have developed self-protective qualities that allow the tree to fend off insects, rot and temperature related stresses. That makes cedar wood very useful as home building material where humidity, temperature, and cracking are a common problem.
The two primary areas where cedar trees are harvested are in Washington State and in British Columbia, Canada. Western Red Cedar is the most preferred form of cedar and is perfect for use as home cedar siding. As a building material, it comes in different grades of quality ranging from clear or heartwood, to knotty.
Cedar Wood Benefits
Cedar wood has remarkable dimensional stability. This means the wood doesn’t change its size or dimension despite weather, humidity, or temperature conditions. Many types of wood will warp when subjected to moisture, but cedar stays straight and flat which makes it perfect for house siding. Many clear cedar wood products can be stained and painted and not lose their beautiful grained appearance. Cedar siding too if painted expertly under the correct conditions, will retain the grain texture with a color that pleases the homeowner.
Cedar is a light, porous type of wood. This gives it a high insulating value perfect for use as a home siding product. The porous wood also allows it to absorb noise. This can be beneficial when used as fencing or siding. These are two more reasons why cedar siding is in such high demand. It is also an elegant and prestigious type of house finishing product that lasts a long time. Cedar stands up to moisture, resisting rot and resisting insect damage better than other woods.
Cedar Building Products
Cedar is used in many building products including; siding, decking, fencing, shingles, gazebos, sheds, doors, windows, blinds, shutters, and garden planters. As a decking lumber, cedar compares favorably to pine and spruce, yet still cannot achieve the durability and maintenance free ease that composite decking offers. Cedar products can be left without a finish or paint applied, however it will need periodic maintenance. In some cases, homeowners want their cedar building products to be stained or painted in order to match their home’s décor.