Why Chose Western Red Cedar…

All of our summerhouses are handcrafted using Western Red Cedar which is known for its durability and resistance to the elements. Western Red Cedar is ideal for use in the construction of summerhouses and garden rooms as it is slow grown and naturally durable, with one of the longest life spans of any of the timber species. It is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attacks, which means anything you build with it will last longer and require less maintenance.

The superior qualities of Western Red Cedar are summed up in this extract from the grading rules published by The Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau “The largest and finest of the cedars produced anywhere in the world, the Western red cedar is famed for its extraordinary durability and resistance to decay. Western red cedar is a distinct species, possessing all the desirable qualities of the other cedars, and additional advantages besides. It can be finished to a smooth, silky finish; it is free from pitch, it takes and holds stains and paints excellently, and has superior gluing properties. Its colour is extremely attractive, varying from almost pure white of the narrow sapwood to the light straw shade of dark reddish-brown of the heartwood. The wood of Western red cedar has a very low coefficient of expansion, so that it does not shrink, swell or warp excessively, even when subjected to changing degrees of temperature and moisture. It has prime insulating qualities and its pleasing aromatic odour is repellent to moths, insects and vermin. The wood is saturated to every fibre with a natural preservative oil which renders it virtually immune to decay and gives it extreme durability without artificial preservative treatment. It is not necessary to paint cedar to preserve its surface, as it does not deteriorate appreciably even under severe climatic changes.”

The benefits of Cedar are;

It’s beautiful – Western Red Cedar has a rich grain and a striking colour, which makes it the material of choice where a beautiful finish is important – aesthetically, there really is no substitute forit natural beauty. It’s warm colouring is complimented by a uniform, fine-grained texture with a satin lustre. Recognisable by its fine straight grains, reddish tones and pleasant fragrance cedar is our preferred choice where aesthetic appeal, durability and weather resistance are important. Cedar is renowned for its natural beauty and outstanding physical properties that make it one of the world’s most unique softwood species. Cedar’s rich and variegated colouring ranges from pale saffron to a deep honeyed ochre that, over the years, gives way to an attractive patina of silvery grey.

It’s robust – Being very straight-grained, Western Red Cedar has excellent dimensional stability and endurance. This quality means that it neither warps nor twists, therefore ensuring that the finished summerhouse is able to stand the test of time.

Its sustainable – Independent studies prove that when it comes to environmental performance, natural wood is superior to synthetic products in every way. Western Red Cedar has been called the world’s most sustainable resource – not surprising to those who work with it. As one of the world’s “most thoroughly researched woods,” Western Red Cedar produces fewer greenhouse gases, generates less water and air pollution, and requires less energy to produce than alternatives. The Western Red Cedar we use in our summerhouses comes from forests that are being regenerated, where wildlife habitat is protected and the biodiversity of the forest is maintained.

It’s hard wearing – Western Red Cedar has natural decay resistance due to naturally occurring oils present within the wood. These oils act as preservatives to help the wood resist infestation by wood boring insects and weather damage.

Its lovely aroma – Western Red Cedar is probably best known for its distinctive aroma. The subtle fragrance of the wood adds another dimension to its universal appeal.

It’s warm – Western Red Cedar cladding provides far superior thermal protection to alternatives such as concrete, brick and stone. This is due to its low density and presence of air spaces within the wood – these unique qualities provide a natural thermostat!