Why We Use Western Red Cedar

Why We Use Western Red Cedar

Density

One of the lightest commercial softwoods, the density of Western Red Cedar at oven-dry conditions is approximately 21 pounds per cubic foot with a relative density (specific gravity) of 0.32.

Dimensional Stability

Like all woods, Western Red 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 other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking.

Acoustical Properties


Sound Barrier, Yes it's true, cedar helps block sound! A solid plank cedar fence forms a highly effective sound barrier, blocking up to 70% of sound! This is almost the same amount of sound cement blocks, not to mention that is a lot more beautiful.

An important acoustical property of cedar is its ability to damp vibrations. Western Red Cedar has a cellular network of minute interlocking pores which converts sound energy into heat by frictional and viscoelastic resistance. Because of the high internal friction created by the cellular pore network, wood has more sound damping capacity than most structural materials. Cedar fencing can dampen road noise and can provide effective economical sound insulation and absorption when properly utilized. Western Red Cedar is particularly effective in this regard and can be used to help reduce noise or to confine it to certain areas.

Durability

Cedar is one of the most durable woods. This wood offers great performance against the elements, making it durable over a long period of time. You won't worry about warping or shrinkage with this fence. Cedar is also fully bio-degradable and is an extremely economically friendly choice.

Historically, native peoples of the Pacific coast prized cedar for its long lasting qualities and used wood and bark from cedar trees for most of their building needs. Evidence of cedar's durability are the many cedar artifacts still in good condition today. Properly finished and maintained, cedar will deliver decades of trouble-free service. If exposed for prolonged periods to conditions where decay could be a factor, such as where the wood is in contact with the ground, cedar should be treated with suitable wood preservatives.

Finishing

Although cedar is a naturally durable species, leaving it untreated is not recommended because a finish or protective coating will greatly increase its service life. Cedar is free of pitch and with its high degree of dimensional stability, it is the best of the softwoods for accepting paints, stains, oils and other coatings. Get more information here on staining and sealing your fence for more information.

Bug Repellant

Cedar contains natural oils, which acts as a natural deterrent against rotting and insect infestation. In addition to being a natural deterrent, cedar does not require chemical treatments! her

Temperature Moderator

Seems unbelievable, however, cedar can help temper the extremes of winter and summer! In winter, air pockets inside the wood help block cold gusts of wind. In summer, those air pockets help dissipate heat. Cedar will not get hot to the touch in the heat of summer; it will remain cool to the touch, even in direct sunlight!