About Real Cedar
Eternally stylish, classically beautiful and structurally strong, Western Red Cedar is the cashmere of wood siding. Whether it’s a clear or knotty grade, Western Red Cedar siding equals better protection, increased value for your home, and timeless style. For those who are ready to invest in the long-term beauty of Real Cedar siding, here are three tips to consider before you build.
Check out Real Cedar’s bounty of beautiful examples of Real Cedar siding. Whether it’s a cedar cabin, classic home, or modern masterpiece, we have an image for that. Our annual coffee table book, Cedar Book, showcases the very best of Western Red Cedar siding, offering architectural gems that beautifully convey just what’s possible with Real Cedar on both interiors and exteriors. Also, be sure to check out the designer bible Dwell magazine, another rich source of some of the best of contemporary and/or classic architecture featuring projects swathed in gorgeous Western Red Cedar siding of all grades and profiles.
Western Red Cedar siding or cladding comes in a spectrum of patterns and grades that work with a variety of styles and budgets. Choosing the right one is easy when you do your research and determine the best type for you. For example, do you like the natural beauty of knotty cedar, or the classic look of clear cedar? Whichever profile you pick, rest easy knowing that by choosing Western Red Cedar, you are opting for one of the most sustainable building materials in the world.
They don’t call it nature’s most versatile wood for nothing. You’re spoiled for choice in shades when it comes to Cedar siding, which can naturally weather to a beautiful silvery patina, or be finished with a rich stain. Another great aspect of Western Red Cedar is that it is pitch- and resin-free, meaning it accepts and holds a wide variety of finishes. For the optimal look and durability, cedar siding should be finished on all six sides before it is installed. The longest lasting finish is a two- or three-coat factory application of primer and solid stain or paint.
And remember, in both indoor and outdoor applications, buying from one of our trusted WRCLA members/affiliates is always the best choice.