Cedar Fencing

Cedar Fencing

Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) is one of North America's great renewable resources.

Slow growing and naturally durable, Western Red Cedar has one of the longest life spans of any North American softwood. It produces long lengths of timber with true, straight grain. It is free from pitch and its heartwood has natural decay resistance. Its low density gives it an insulation value superior to most other species.

Light weight, easy to work, easy to finish, possessing outstanding dimensional stability, Western Red Cedar is a preferred wood for nearly all purposes where attractive appearance or resistance to weather is important.

Decay Resistance

One of Western Red Cedar’s most valuable characteristics is its well-known high resistance to decay. It is one of the most durable coniferous species and can be counted on to give long and trouble free service under most conditions. Cedar’s decay resistance comes from the presence of naturally occurring fungicidal compounds in the wood called thujaplicins. Another extractive present in the wood, thujic
acid, helps make the wood resistant to insect attack. Properly finished and maintained, cedar will deliver decades of trouble-free service. If exposed for prolonged periods to conditions where decay could be a factor, such as where the wood is in contact with the ground, cedar should be treated with suitable wood preservatives.

Resistance to Termites and Wood Borers

Western Red Cedar's natural resistance to termite attack has been found to vary with termite species, source of wood materials and feeding conditions. However, Western Red Cedar is "non-preferred" i.e., the termites will not eat western red cedar if they have access to other wood species with less resistance. However red cedar will be attacked if there are no other sources of food available.  Eating cedar has been shown to result in significant termite mortality. That said, there have been documented cases involving more aggressive species of termites and ideal micro-organic conditions where Western Red Cedar has been attacked successfully. We recommend that you consult with your pest control professional if you have a termite situation on your property and take appropriate action.