BENEFITS OF CEDAR WOOD

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Cedar wood is an incredibly popular building supply among homeowners and businesses in Toronto and the surrounding areas. It’s a stunning material that not only looks incredible, but smells amazing too! 

Since cedar trees grow in damp environments where fungus, insects, and microorganisms flourish, the trees develop self-protective qualities to combat these nuisances. These resistant properties make cedar a highly desired home building material – particularly in areas where temperature, humidity, and cracking can be an area of concern. 

Uses of Cedar Wood in Construction

Some of the projects for which this type of wood can be used include:

  • Siding
  • Fencing
  • Paneling
  • Interior walls
  • Closets
  • Shingles
  • Decking

Benefits of Cedar Wood

The greatest benefit of using cedar wood for your project or renovation is that it has impressive stability. Cedar wood does not change its dimension or size, regardless of humidity, temperature, or weather conditions. Other types of wood can warp or bend when left exposed to moisture, but cedar maintains its integrity and shape. Cedars ability to stay flat makes it a great option for any residential or commercial construction project.

Cedar wood is one of the most beautiful wood options available on the market. Its unique tones and patterns make it a visually appealing building material to finish or enhance any construction project. There are also a variety of stain and oil options if you choose to finish the wood. The great thing about cedar is that you can leave it completely unfinished, as its self-protective qualities preserve the wood on its own, or you can easily add stain or oil to change the colour. Natural cedar itself looks great in any setting.

Cedar is safe to use when compared to other building supplies and materials. Western red cedar, for instance, has flame spread/smoke development classifications that are considerably superior to the minimum standards set by local building codes. This means that if there is ever a fire on your property, the cedar doesn’t have chemicals that emit harmful fumes.

There are over 1.7 billion cedar trees in North America. So, unlike other wood products, you don’t have to worry about endangering forests by using its lumber for your construction project! 

How to Order Cedar Lumber

Whether you’re remodeling your closet or building a deck, you should choose the highest quality cedar lumber possible. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best lumber for your project:

  • Make sure the lumber that you’re ordering all comes from the same supplier. This is especially important if you are ordering large amounts. 
  • Order more cedar than you need in case there are any problems or mistakes. It’s always best to have extra on hand rather than scramble to find more, especially just a few pieces.
  • If you choose to stain your cedar lumber, be sure to redo the process every two or three years.
  • If using cedar wood outdoors, be sure to seal the wood with UV blockers to protect the wood from the elements. The sealant also maintains a polished finish. If you’re after an antique look for your project, use a sealer that doesn’t contain UV protection. This will allow the wood to turn gray over time from sun exposure. 

If cedar is on your list of building supplies, it may be helpful to consult an interior designer to help you choose the best design and finish. As always, contact your building supplies store for all of your cedar wood needs. 

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