Western Red Cedar has one of the longest life spans of any North American Softwood. It produces long lengths of timber with true, straight grain. Light weight, easy to work with, easy to finish, possessing outstanding dimensional stability, cedar is a preferred wood for nearly all purposes where attractive appearance or resistance to weather is important.
Western Red Cedar is one of the lightest commercial softwoods. Its low density makes it an easy wood to transport and handle and install.
Knotty Western Red Cedar has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to all other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking.
Cedars decay resistance comes from the presence of naturally occurring fungicidal compound in the wood called thujaplicins. Another extractive present in the wood, thujic acid, helps make the wood resistant to insect attack. Properly finished and maintained, cedar will deliver decades of trouble-free service.
With its low density and high proportion of air spaces, Western Red Cedar is the best thermal insulator among the commonly available softwood species and is far superior to brick, concrete and steel.
An important acoustical property of wood is its ability to damp vibrations. Floor, ceiling and wall assemblies of wood can provide effective economical sound insulation and absorption when properly utilised.