Guest Blogger #289, Entry #822, December 8, 2011
While white cedar is a deep brown at its core, it gets its name for the thin and silvery white sapwood on its surface. Known for its strength and quality, white cedar has been the wood of choice for builders and home owners for centuries. Superior in sustainability to other woods, white cedar is a great fit for interior or exterior uses. Unlike other woods, white cedar maintains its beauty, naturally weathering to a silver gray finish over time. And since it is among the lightest of commercial wood in the United Stated, White Cedar is easy to work with and maintain.
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Both beautiful and durable, cedar paneling is a practical way to add value and class to any home. Cedar’s popularity can be attributed to numerous factors.
Cedar is resistant to moisture, rot, decay, sun damage, and splintering and also virtually impenetrable to damage by termites and other insects. In fact, being accustomed to exposure to the elements, cedar can withstand some of the most unforgiving environments, making it an ideal choice for extreme heat or cold.
Cedar has a distinctive cellular structure that creates air spaces within its core. This natural insulation makes cedar perfect for practically any geographic location. By eliminating the need for excessive heating and cooling, cedar paneling offers better climate control and subsequently lower energy costs to consumers.
Regardless of its setting or application, cedar’s rich color and texture flawlessly complements numerous styles, trends and personal tastes. Whether seeking the décor is contemporary or traditional, cedar paneling can add subtle charm and lend to the attractiveness of its surroundings.
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Cedar trees’ naturally lightweight wood and the timber harvested from them are available in especially long lengths, providing the ideal size for most any purpose. Additionally since cedar lacks resin and pitch, glues, stains and paints better adhere to its surface. Moreover, the uniform grain and texture of the wood allow craftsmen to effortlessly form, cut, saw, and customize by hand or machine, customer-specific designs and layouts for the paneling most suited to their tastes.
In terms of resilience, beauty, adaptability, and timelessness, other woods simply do not compare to white cedar. No wonder it has a reputation for enduring 20 years or more, with limited maintenance and finishing. Long hailed as the choice material for homes with discriminating tastes, cedar adds the richness and appeal of classical structures and an era when things were built to last.
This article made available by Town & Country Cedar Products, offering cedar paneling and log siding products across the United States.
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