With many home owners now looking to make greener living choices, architects, specifies and engineers are increasingly choosing Western Red Cedar as a sustainable building material.
We have known for quite some time that Western Red Cedar has a zero carbon footprint and is one of the better material alternatives for the environment-conscious property owner, hence it is now among the most popular softwoods used today.
Aside from its relatively knot-free, ‘clean’ appearance, it has a natural resistance to decay and moisture absorption, meaning it can typically be installed without treatment. Its straight grain and uniform texture makes Western Red Cedar one of the easiest timbers to work.
When freshly machined Clear Western Red Cedar seems to vary from a light straw colour to a dark red/brown, but the colour becomes more uniform in natural light. It is much sought after for its “weathered” appearance.
Good Insulation Properties
Western Red Cedar heartwood is renowned for its good insulation properties, far superior to brick, concrete and steel. Structures built from Western Red Cedar will be cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Great Finishing Properties
The low resin content means it has good finishing properties enabling it to take a variety of coatings including paints and stains exceptionally well, provided it is dried and properly primed. This can be undertaken by Illingworth Ingham (M/CR) Ltd.
Unlikely to Warp Or Twist
Western Red Cedar has a low wood density and low shrinkage factor which means it is unlikely to warp or twist. It’s also the most stable of the softwoods and is subject to little movement once installed.
High Natural Resistance To Decay
Western Red Cedar is reported to have a very high natural decay-resistance.
In terms of durability it is long lasting when properly treated.
Imported from Canada and sometimes America. Western Red Cedar can be worked to create a variety of profiles. Although a more expensive option than untreated softwood it will last 60 years or so with little maintenance.
North America & Canada
Average 370 kg/m³
Durable – class 2 – long lasting when properly treated.
Low shrinkage factor, resistant to warping, twisting & checking.
Planes and sands clearly. Machines well. Small cutting resistance, but can fray during cross cutting. Easy to nail with stainless or galvanised nails, glues well.
Good finishing properties due to its lack of pitch and resin extractions. This enables it to take a variety of coatings including paints and stains exceptionally well, provided it is primed. It also polishes well.
Illingworth Ingham (M/cr) Ltd offer clear grade Western Red Cedar, supplied with a smooth finish and suitable where a formal appearance is required. We also offer a wide variety of timber cladding patterns for panelling and moulding or we can custom produce to your requirements.
PEFC available on request