British or Canadian Western Red Cedar cladding?

Aesthetics

Aesthetics

Canadian Cedar will give you a greater depth and range of colours with a clear, flawless finish with minimal to no imperfections, whereas British Cedar will give you a more consistent, paler colour with varied grain and knots for a more natural look. Both woods ‘silver’ with age unless a treatment is applied.

Budget

Budget

British Cedar is approximately 50% of the cost of Canadian Cedar and is not subject to price fluctuation due to changes in exchange rate or availability of supply. Prices of Canadian Cedar have been increasingly recently with the trend predicted to continue upwards, making British Cedar the ideal choice for the budget conscious.

Environmental impact

Environmental impact

Our Cedar is sustainably sourced according to internationally recognised standards. British Cedar is the most environmentally friendly for the UK market. It is faster growing, locally sourced and has a low carbon footprint associated with the harvesting, processing and delivery compared to Canadian Cedar.

British Western Red Cedar

British Western Red Cedar

British Western Red Cedar

British Western Red Cedar overview
Family name Cupressaceae
Species name Thuja plicata
Species group Softwoods
Common name British Western Red Cedar
Origin Well-maintained, sustainable forests in England and Wales
Use Exterior cladding
Colour A uniform colour palette of pink and amber hues, silvering with age if untreated
Age New growth forests 50-100 years old
Grading Knotty
Density 390kg/m3
Durability 3 – moderately durable
Depths 18mm
A discounted 14mm option is available on request
Widths 90mm or 140mm
Lengths 1.8m – 4.8m
Cost From £2.79 per linear meter
Availability Always available
Delivery Free to anywhere in the UK
Why choose British Cedar cladding?
  • You value a local, British grown, low carbon impact product
  • You are looking for a consistent, paler colour across your boards
  • You want character in your cladding – i.e. knots and grain
  • Price is a deciding factor.

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Canadian Western Red Cedar

Canadian Western Red Cedar

Canadian Western Red Cedar

Canadian Western Red Cedar overview
Family name Cupressaceae
Species name Thuja plicata
Species group Softwoods
Common name Canadian Western Red Cedar
Origin Well-maintained, sustainable forests on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, Canada
Use Exterior cladding
Colour A varied colour palette ranging from dark reddish-brown to light amber with occasional pink highlights, silvering with age if untreated
Age Old growth forests >150 years old
Grading #2 clear and better with 15% #4 as standard. Clear, #2 clear and better, #4 clear available on request
Density 390kg/m3
Durability 2 – durable
Depths 18mm
A discounted 14mm option is available on request
Widths 90mm or 140mm
Lengths 1.8m – 4.8m
Cost From £4.79 per linear meter
Availability Always available
Delivery Free to anywhere in the UK
Why choose Canadian Cedar cladding?
  • You value the prestige associated with Canadian Western Red Cedar
  • You are seeking a darker, more varied colour across your boards
  • You want the highest grade cladding available
  • Price is not a deciding factor.

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Explore our Cedar cladding...

Cedar cladding woods

We supply sustainable sources of British or Canadian Western Red Cedar.

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Cedar cladding profiles

Our cladding comes in a range of profiles to suit your project.

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Cedar cladding accessories

Buy your cladding accessories from us.

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Wood durability

Durability is a measurement of how long specific species of timber would last if a 50mm x 50mm cross section was left in the ground unprotected. An untreated Oak beam, which is classed as 'durable’, for example, will last 15-25 years depending on environmental conditions. The following scale of durability was outlined by TRADA, the Timber Research And Development Association.

Durability Class designation Average service life
1 Very durable More than 25 years
2 Durable 15-25 years
3 Moderately durable 10-15 years
4 Slightly durable 5-10 years
5 Not durable Less than 5 years

Please select your preferred board width.

Cladding guide

It's worth noting that the width of your cladding will impact the price. Narrow widths result in more waste and additional workmanship so will be slightly more expensive per metre.

Please select your preferred board length.

Cladding guide

We aim to deliver at least 80% of boards at the lengths you have requested. The remainder will be mixed lengths – some longer and some shorter. A request for a high proportion of longer lengths will have a higher cost per metre because of restricted supply. A mixed length order will be the cheapest because of the ease of sourcing.

To keep delivery costs low we conform to standard UK pallet sizes.

Please enter the coverage you require in either linear or square metres.

Linear metres calculates the total metre run needed for a specific board width to cover a known square meterage. If you are not 100% certain of your calculations we suggest you include wastage at either 5 or 10%.

Please select your preferred wastage.

0% means you plan on having no waste and we will deliver precisely the linear or square meters you require. 5 or 10% wastage gives you a little leeway when trimming your cladding.

If you are unsure of the exact amount of linear or square metres you require we strongly recommend you add a percentage to take account of any 'wastage', otherwise you may not be getting an accurate representation of your costs.