In a previous blog we discussed the pros and cons of using treated lumber as the material for your upcoming fence project. Now itâs time to discuss why you may want to consider choosing western red cedar.
One of North Americaâs great renewable resources, Western Red Cedar is slow growing, naturally durable, and has one of the longest life spans of any North American softwood. It produces long lengths of timber with true, straight grain. It is free from pitch and its heartwood has natural decay resistance. Its also lightweight, easy to work, easy to finish, possesses excellent dimensional stability, and is a preferred wood for nearly all purposes where attractive appearance or resistance to weather is important.
Lets discuss all of the benefits that cedar has to offer. Western Red Cedarâs most valuable characteristic is its well-known high resistance to decay. It is one of the most durable coniferous species and can be counted on to give long and reliable service under most conditions. Like all woods, Western Red Cedar will absorb or discharge moisture to attain equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere. However, it has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting, and checking. It also contains thujic acid which helps make the wood resistant to insect attack. Properly finished and maintained, cedar will deliver years of reliable service.
Although cedar pricing is a little higher than some of the other options, it will leave you with a finished project that you can be proud of for many years to come. It also comes with a one-year material and workmanship warrantee, unlike treated lumber. While Barrier Fence specializes in Western Red Cedar projects, we are here to help you with all of your fencing needs , no matter the material you choose.