Why Choose Cedar?
What makes Cedar the right building material for your next project? Well, for starters, this highly revered, durable wood is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attacks, which means anything you build with it will last longer and require less maintenance. But wait! There’s more:
BEAUTY – Aesthetically, there really is no substitute for the natural beauty of Cedar. Imbued with decidedly crisp, yet superbly rich, tonal properties, Cedar can create sublime outdoor sanctuaries, embolden traditional home decor, provoke cutting-edge architecture and inspire innovative interiors. Imagine – all that dynamism packed into one beautiful building material! No wonder Cedar is a designer’s dream come true.
VERSATILITY – Western red cedar is pitch and resin-free. Which means it’s ideal for accepting and holding a wide range of beautiful finishes including elegant dark stains, shabby chic bleaches, traditional solid colors and naturally beautiful semi-transparents. Cedar also offers a wide range of lumber dimensions, surface textures and grades. No matter what your desired effect is, Cedar’s is the wood for you.
SUSTAINABILITY – Independent studies prove that when it comes to environmental performance, natural wood is superior to synthetic products in every way. While other building materials generate greenhouse gasses, western red cedar actually removes greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. And unlike brick, cement and composites, Cedar is renewable and biodegradable. Plus, Cedar is sourced from the most sustainably managed forests in the world.
What can I build out of Cedar?
SIDING - Western Red Cedar is free of pitch and resin, which means it takes to stains, oils and finishes exceptionally well. So your siding color options are pretty much limitless. The same goes for the style options. So for example, you can go for the warm traditional feel of layered bevel or you can streamline your home’s look with some super sleek, tongue & groove siding or you can get creative with your own board & batten pattern – the list goes on and on. And then there’s texture – with Cedar, you can work with a clear grade for a crisp, contemporary look. Or choose knotty for some added rustic charm – trying achieving that look with a synthetic product!
Check out the How-To video below on installing siding!
DECKING - Whether you’re a contractor working to a tight deadline or a DIY renovator with no set completion date, you don’t want to be messing around with materials that make your decking project harder. That’s why so many home improvers like working with Western Red Cedar lumber. It lies flat and straight, so it’s super easy to fit in place. Plus, this sturdy and structurally solid wood is surprisingly light, so it’s easy to lug around your site – and less strenuous lifting means more time to enjoy the creative process. After all, building decks shouldn’t be a pain in the neck (and we mean that both literally and figuratively).
Check out the How-To video below on building a raised deck!
OUTDOOR - Imagine creating your own outdoor sanctuary. What would that look like? Would it be a tranquil retreat where you and your partner could decompress after a hard day’s work with a glass of wine? If so, Cedar is a solid choice for building a customized deck that feels like a graceful extension of your home. The warm undertones and malleable, yet incredibly strong, properties of Cedar are perfect for furnishing patios with personalized features such as curved railings, garden benches and arched pergolas.
Check out the How-To video below on creating a BBQ cover!
INDOOR - Turning houses into warm livable homes that last a lifetime is what Western Red Cedar does best. In terms of versatility, no other building materials compare – i.e. it’s not just for lake country interiors and fans of contemporary West Coast design anymore. True, outfitting your home in floor-to-ceiling knotty Cedar remains a classic approach to architecture, but there are plenty of innovative ways to incorporate wood in smaller doses with the same great effect.
Check out the How-To video below on creating a modern kitchen table!
TIMBERS - In terms of architectural prowess, few building materials have as much beautifying muscle as exposed Cedar beams. These timbers can give instant street cred to industrial-chic lofts, add rustic charm to chalet-inspired decor, compliment clean lines in ultra-modern settings and highlight the classical elegance of a traditional home. But Cedar timber isn’t just easy on the eyes. It also boasts renowned structural characteristics, making it the ideal building material for landscape design, construction as well as all those aforementioned indoor applications.
Check out the How-To video below!
So now that I want some Cedar, how can Meek’s help me get it?
Meek’s stocks a wide variety of cedar products including: Decking, 1x & 2x material for general construction, fencing materials & siding profiles. In addition to what we have in stock, we receive weekly deliveries from our primary supplier: Western Forest Products.
A little about Western Forest Products: WFP is the leader for quality appearance and structural wood products that come from sustainably managed forests on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. The beauty, dimensional stability, strength, workability and finishing attributes of WFP products make them ideal for decorative and structural applications, delivering performance and versatility that customers have trusted for over 100 years. All this is backed by experienced service agents in more than 15 locations around the world who can help source exactly what is needed, delivered on time and on specification.
Call your local Meek’s store today and get started on your project using Cedar from WFP.