Published by Aaron Presley on August 25th, 2015
Cedar wood is one of the natural world's greatest treasures. This wood is valuable in so many ways that it is hard to categorize them all. Nevertheless, here is a rundown on the most notable:
It is resistant to Mother Nature - In addition to withstanding the worst of the wind, the rain and the sun, rough cedar lumber is naturally insect-resistant. In fact, its naturally occurring smell and properties will also help shield nearby materials from the worst of pest infestations.
Wood is sustainable – Cedar grows particularly quickly – most varieties grow by two feet or more each season – making it one of the lumberyards' favorite woods. In addition, it is also quite durable. These two facts combine to create a wood that generally outlasts its use before a new tree is fully mature. Simply put, cedar is the most sustainable tree on the planet.
It also colors well – Cedar is naturally resin-free – this fact makes it ideal for accepting and holding a wide range of finishes from whitening bleaches and dark stains to any of the traditional solid colors.
For more information on the benefits of rough cedar lumber and other woods, please contact us at Bayou City Lumber. You will always find us online at BayouCityLumber.com or you can reach us directly at 866-504-8529.
Updated by Aaron Presley on October 3rd, 2015
All lumber is not equal. Rough cedar is one of the best woods to use whether you're in the midst of a home improvement project or seeking the right lumber for commercial construction. While it does tend to cost a bit more compared to other woods, its unique advantages more than make up for the dent it'll make on your wallet. Consider some of the following benefits of rough cedar lumber:
- Natural insect repellent. Cedar lumber naturally repels insects, including termites. In fact, the resins of this wood are toxic to termites and other insects that try to consume it.
- Beauty and rot resistance. Rough cedar lumber also naturally resists rot, making it a preferred choice for outdoor living spaces and siding. Plus, you don't need to stain, varnish, or add any other type of chemical to waterproof it as it'll age into its own unique and beautiful color while still remaining durable. .
- Aromatic. Cedar doesn't need waterproofing as its oil causes water to bead up and drip off for a natural resistance. This same oil is also what gives cedar lumber its classic rich aroma.
- Sustainability. When it comes to tracking environmental performance and green footprints, natural wood like cedar is superior to synthetic products in every measurable way. Whereas other building materials emit greenhouse gases, cedar removes those gases from the atmosphere. Plus, cedar and other natural woods are renewable, biodegradable, and the industry is appropriately monitored to ensure best practices.