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The majority of Western Red Cedar cladding used in the UK is imported. However, the southern forests of the UK also have favourable growing conditions for the Thuja Plicata tree and it is available in commercial quantities from a number of sustainably managed sources.

British Western Red Cedar is the ideal choice for those where either budget is a deciding factor or you value a locally grown low carbon footprint product.

British Western Red Cedar cladding offers the same durability and ease of working as its Canadian counterpart, although does present a more rustic, knotty finish that is paler and more even in colour.

Ease of sourcing, immediacy of dispatch and consistency of price also favour British Western Red Cedar.

The attractiveness of Canadian Western Red Cedar is its completely clear finish (i.e. no knots and smooth grain), although limited availability of supply, exchange rate fluctuation and the distance travelled to import all make it significantly more expensive than British. What’s more, the cost of Canadian will continue to rise whereas the price of the British alternative will remain low and stable in comparison.

So, in summary, British Western Red Cedar would be the best choice for your cladding project if:

  • You value a local, British grown, low carbon impact product
  • Budget is a deciding factor
  • You are looking for a consistent, paler colour across all boards
  • You do not want a patchy look whilst your Cedar weathers
  • You want character in your cladding – i.e. knots and grain to show that it is a natural product

British Western Red Cedar

Technical information
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
Availability Always available
Delivery Free to anywhere in the UK

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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.