Western Red Cedar  

 

Western Red Cedar is one of North America's great renewable resources.  Slow grown and naturally durable, Cedar has one of the longest life spans of any North American softwood.  It can produce long lengths of clear timber with true straight grain, it is free from pitch and has natural resistance to decay.  Its low density gives an excellent insulation value superior to most species.  Lightweight, easy to work with, easy to finish, easy to stain, possessing outstaning dimensional stability, Western Red Cedar is the perfect material for exterior cladding applications.

  • Dimensional stability (EN 434) Cedar is hygroscopic and will absorb or discharge moisture to attain equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere, however, it has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to all coniferous species in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking.
  • Thermal conductivity (W/mK) Wood is an excellent thermal insulator. This is an important characteristic since good thermal insulators keep buildings cool in the summer and help retain heat in the winter. An important acoustic property of timber us its ability to dampen vibrations.
  • Density Cedar is one of the lightest commercial softwoods available and if Kiln Dried has a density as low as 330-390kg per m3. Cedars low density enhances its insulation value and makes it an east wood to handle, distribute and work with.