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Five Reasons Cedar Makes Sense in the Snow

Maniscalo – Sugar Bowl

The Quiet beauty of a Cedar Cabin in Snow

Why is Western Red Cedar siding seen on cabins in every ski haven from Stowe to Aspen, and beyond? We’ve got five reasons Cedar is the material of choice when it comes to building a durable and beautiful home in snowy ski towns everywhere.

Crowsnest At SugarBowl – Bruce Damonte

1. You Can’t Beat Natural Beauty

Whether it’s rustic knotty cedar or crisp, elegant clear, Western Red Cedar’s natural warmth pops brilliantly against fresh white snow – making a cabin or home look like the warm, earthy sanctuary it’s meant to be.

Canadian Cancer Society – Kordyban Lodge

2. The Best For Cold Weather

Compared to other wood species, Western Red Cedar is a durable and stable building material that stands up to seasonal changes in dry cold weather, along with regions with high levels of humidity and/or dry heat. Additionally, with its low density and high proportion of air spaces, Western Red Cedar is also the best thermal insulator among the commonly available softwood species and is far superior to brick, concrete and steel when it comes to keeping heat in.

Stellar Residences & Townhouses At Mountainside Northstar

3. You’re Spoiled for Choice

Western Red Cedar also accepts a wide range of finishes, so you have many options when it comes to the appearance of the wood. Go for a warm cinnamon hue, ebony stain or leave it to naturally turn a silvery gray.

Maniscalo – Sugar Bowl

4. Resists Rot and Decay

Western Red Cedar is highly versatile because it has its own ingrown preservatives that resist rot, decay and insects. This versatility also lends to Cedar’s ability to thrive in any climate – whether it dips below freezing, or is hot and humid.

Boulders Residences, BAR Architects

5. Sustainable Building

Feel good about using Western Red Cedar, as it is one of the most sustainable building materials in the world. In fact, more evergreen trees are growing in North America now than there were over 100 years ago.

If you’re considering Cedar siding for your ski home, or even summer cabin, Western Red Cedar is an investment you will appreciate for years to come – no matter what type of weather comes your way.

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