Cedar is used when great durability is required to endure exposure to
all kinds of weather. Cedar is very resistant to decay due to contained
natural compounds called Thumaplicins. These compounds allow the wood
from fallen trees to retain its properties for a century or more.
Cedar is dimensionally stable, which means that it lies flat, stays
straight and is extremely resistant to warping which makes it very
suitable in high moisture areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and saunas.
Cedar is the number one choice for outdoor patio and garden furniture
because of the visual harmony with the landscape combined with stability
Cedar is also an excellent insulator. It has an insulation value higher
than most woods and much higher than brick or concrete. Buildings which
feature cedar paneling, ceiling and siding tend to stay cooler in the
summer and warmer in the winter. Cedar also has excellent sound suppression
and absorption qualities.
Cedar is a light weight wood that is easy to handle and craft for both
the professional and the do-it-yourselfer.
Cedar can be finished with wood sealer, wood stains, wood oils, paint
or left to naturally age. Properly finished and maintained cedar ages
gracefully and endures for many years.