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Why use Western Red Cedar?

Why use Cedar wood?

Western Red Cedar is the common name for the Thuja Plicata tree.

This is a softwood conifer and native species of the west coast of North America and Canada.

It is also available in commercial quantities in the South Western forests of the UK which has a similarly favourable growing climate.

At Cedar Direct we only stock Western Red Cedar cladding. The reason for this is simple; it is perfect material for the job. It looks great, smells great and is easy to work with.

It is also incredibly durable and stable which makes it the ideal cladding material as it retains its look and form naturally for decades. In fact, it is the most stable of all softwoods, hence has a very low tendency to shrink or warp in addition to being extremely resistant to decay. The lack of resin in the wood also make it ideal for surface treatments such as painting or staining.

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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.