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Western Red Cedar Bevel Siding


Western Red Cedar Bevel Siding is the most widely-used siding type. It is produced by resawing lumber at an angle to produce two pieces thicker on one edge than the other. The manufacturing process results in pieces with one face saw textured. The other face is smooth or saw textured depending on the grade and customer preference. Bevel siding is installed horizontally and gives an attractive shadow line which varies with the thickness of siding selected.

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Bevel Siding Grading

Bevel siding is available in clear and knotty grades. Clear siding gives premium quality appearance and is ideal for prestigious, upmarket applications. Knotty siding has warmth and casual charm and is ideal for homes, cottages, club-houses and applications where a rustic appearance is desired.

Clear bevel siding is graded for smooth face use with the exception of Rustic which is graded for saw textured use only.

Please visit the Siding Grades page for more photos of various siding grades.

Finger-Joined Bevel

WRCLA members also produce finger-joined bevel siding in clear and knotty grades. The precision-fitted joins are virtually invisible and stronger than the surrounding fiber. Finger-joined bevel siding is available in lengths up to 16 feet and provides the handsome appearance and all-weather performance of premium cedar siding. Builders appreciate both the convenient long length tally and the speed and ease of installation with fewer field joins.

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Bevel Siding Sizes

Sizes of Western Red Cedar Bevel Siding

Nominal Size (in.) Type Grade
1/2 x 4
1/2 x 6
1/2 x 8
11/16 x 6
11/16 x 8
3/4 x 6
3/4 x 8
3/4 x 10
Plain Bevel Clear V.G. Heart
5/8 x 6
5/8 x 8
11/16 x 6
11/16 x 8
11/16 x 10
3/4 x 6
3/4 x 8
3/4 x 10
7/8 x 8
7/8 x 10
7/8 x 12
Plain Bevel Select Knotty
Architect Knotty
Quality Knotty
3/4 x 6
3/4 x 8
3/4 x 10
5/4 x 8
5/4 x 10
7/8 x 10
7/8 x 12
Wavy Edge

* Not all sizes are available in all grades.

Siding may be available finger joined or finger joined and edge glued.


Bevel Siding Coverage

Bevel Siding Coverage Table for Seasoned Sidings

Assuming minimum one inch overlaps. Larger overlaps can be used, particularly on wider bevel sidings such as 10″ and 12″ pieces.

Nominal Width (in.) Dressed Width (in.) Exposed Face (in.) Linear Feet Factor Surface Measure
4 3-1/2 2-1/2 4.80 1.60
6 5-1/2 4-1/2 2.67 1.33
8 7-1/2 6-1/2 1.85 1.23
10 9-1/2 8-1/2 1.41 1.18
12 11-1/2 10-1/2 1.14 1.14

For More Information

Click here to download the WRLCA publication Installing Cedar Siding pdf.

See the Siding Calculator in the Siding section to calculate the required siding for your project.


Bevel Siding Specifications

Specifying Bevel Siding

The following information is required when specifying bevel siding products:

Specification Information Required Sample Specification
Western Red Cedar
WRCLA Western Red Cedar
Product Pattern and Intended Use:
Siding is used as an exterior cladding to provide both weather protection and architectural style. The designer may choose from plain bevel, rabbetted bevel, or wavy edge bevel.
Plain Bevel Siding
Specify the nominal size of the product.
1/2 x 6 in.
The grade of the product governs its overall quality. Refer to WRCLA specification literature or grading agency rule books for available grades.
Clear V.G. Heart
Grading Agency Paragraph:
To ensure that the product meets a written standard, an agency grade paragraph should be referenced.
NLGA para. 201a
Moisture Content:
Specify whether the product is to be green (unseasoned) or kiln-dried.
Kiln dried
Surface to be exposed:
Specify the application orientation to assist the supplier in shipping the right product for the job.
Surface face
Express in surface measure the quantity required. See table for factor to convert square feet to surface measure.
5500 surface measure