Cedar Siding in the West Coast

Cedar siding is the pre-eminent choice for contractors and homeowners in the western U.S. due to it’s availability and good quality.  Although we specialize in high-end quality cedar and redwood products our prices are often better than lower priced woods due to our low overhead and small profit margins.  So, if you’re planning on new construction or remodling give us a shout out and see if our premium siding choices are right for you.

Cedar siding sale

Now is the time to get a good deal on custom milled western red cedar siding.  We have just brought in another truckload of high-quality cedar siding out of British Columbia and even this very high standard material is very cost competitive to the larger retail stores pricing.  And the quality far surpasses theirs by a wide margin.  From select tight knot to “A”& better grades give us a call for a custom quote.

California and natural homegrown woods

California is unique in that it has the most varity of softwoods available ranging from redwood to pine and cedar.  If you’re looking for a great deal on dicount cedar siding, redwood siding, or even pine paneling then Lumber Out West is the place for you.  Although specializing in only selling the higher grades of quality lumber products our low overhead enables us to often beat the discount lumber yards prices.

New York state and Cedar Siding

Homeowners and contractors looking for quality cedar siding in New York are at a disadvantage over their peers on the west coast.  This is because they either have to purchase northern white cedar which is native to the area and of far less quality than western red cedar or pay to have the better western red cedar shipped to their location.  But, if one is looking to have a product that will look great and last for years to come the one option is to bite the bullet and pay the extra freight cost for the western red cedar.

Why Cedar Siding From Lumber Out West

Sure, there are cheaper places to purchase your cedar siding but the advantages of buying quality cedar siding from Lumber Out West outweigh any savings.  First of all, the deals out there for cheap siding aren’t really deals at all but rather the market price for inferior, downgrade wood.  With the extra labor costs and extra wood needed you will not be getting the savings you were expecting.

California Cedar Siding

California is home to many
great species of wood products. The forests in California produce cedar, redwood, pine, doug fir and a few
hardwoods. The California Forestry Regulations are stricter than the FSC
certifications so you can be sure your wood is sustainably green. Cedar siding and redwood siding are two of the more
popular choices for custom home builders. Knotty pine paneling is an inexpensive
alternative to redwood paneling and cedar
paneling
. This is why California residents often get the best pricing
nationwide on the wood products.

Knotty Pine Paneling

Knotty pine paneling is a great way to give your home or cabin a natural outdoor look without breaking the bank.  Depending on what part of the country you live determines the specific species of pine you are probably going to end up with.  The southern U.S. tends to be primarily southern yellow pine.  The west coast is mainly ponderosa pine while the midwest tends to be either SPF (Spruce, Pine, Fir), a mixture of different species or lodgepole pine.  The cost of knotty pine is usually preferred over cedar or redwood due to the cost.

Cedar Siding and Wood Siding

Cedar is the much preferred choice of homebuilders over other types of construction materials.  Cedar siding is resistant to insects and fares better over time in inclement weather.  Once properly pre-stained, cedar will maintain its look for years and only needs a fresh coat of stain every 3-5 years, depending on the stain.  When quality is your main concern, Lumber Out West will only sell the best cedar siding available on the market.  No shortcuts are taken to make an extra buck.

Cedar Siding California

All quality cedar comes off the pacific west coast of the United States and Canada.  The reason this particular type of cedar is better than it’s inland relatives is that the climate for slow growth is best by the wet, cold environment of the pacific northwest.  All vertical grain cedars come from this area.  The wood tends to be redder in color and have fewer knots than it’s inland cousin.  If you’re looking for quality cedar siding or redwood decking then Lumber Out West is the place for you.  We only deal in quality, high-end cedar and redwood lumber products.  Give us a call toll-free at 866-972-7301 or email us for a customized quote.

Protecting Custom Cedar Siding

When purchasing cedar siding it is very important to properly protect your investment after delivery before installation.  Once nailed into place all that needs to be done is periodic maintenance to keep your cedar siding looking like new.  However, if there is a gap between the delivery and installation the siding must be properly stored to prevent cupping, warping and splits.   Cedar needs to be kept out of the sun and wind – preferably kept inside a garage or storage shed.  Allow the cedar siding to acclimate to your area for one to two weeks before installing.  This allows the cedar to adjust to the humid or dry conditions of your location.

Cedar Siding Profiles

Western Red Cedar siding can be milled into a variety of profiles to suit just about anyone’s taste.   The common patterns are beveled, both plain and rabbeted, tongue & groove, shiplap and covelap.  Typically, the thickness of any milled siding product is approximately 11/16″ unless it is a beveled pattern.  Bevels range from 1/2″ thick to 1″.  One thing to remember, the wider the board the more problems will occur because of the width.  The best way to avoid problems is to stick with either a 6″ or 8″ wide board.  Anything wider and there will be an occurance of occasional cupping and warping.

Western Red Cedar Grades and Uses

Western red cedar is sold by the “grade” or quality of the milled lumber.  When a tree is logged it is transferred to the lumber mill and sorted into separate piles depending on its’ quality.  This separation allows the mill to take all the logs of a specific grade and mill them together saving time.  The grades are separated by the quality of the wood which basically means knotty cedar or clear cedar.  The knotty grades are used for fencing, decking, and structural support where the knots do not detract from the aesthetic look of the project.  The clear grades are used when a more clean, finished look is desired whether for indoor paneling or outdoor siding and decking.

Western Red Cedar Siding

The best time of the year to purchase cedar siding is during the winter months when lumber mills are slow and are looking to move inventory.  Logging ends every fall due to bad weather and picks up again in the spring when the snows melt and logging trucks are able to get back into the forests to cut trees.  Don’t wait too long, however, because each spring when inventories run low the price of certain cedars goes up due to its’ scarcity before the summer milling months.

Pre-stained Log Siding

Pre-staining your log siding is a great way to also save time and money on your home improvement project.  Pre-stained log siding can be done by choosing a quality stain such as Superdeck Stain.  This will help insure a lasting finish for years to come before a reapplication is needed.  Be sure to ask whether pre-staining is an option in your area before ordering.

Western Red Cedar Deck finishes

Finish Decks for Optimal Performance
Although Western Red Cedar is a naturally durable wood ideal for decks, its performance is enhanced when protected by an appropriate finish. Decks are subjected to the most challenging exposure conditions. The combination of a horizontal surface, the abrasive effects of foot traffic, pounding rain and full exposure to sun make deck finishing more demanding than other finishing applications such as siding. It is important to ensure that the finish you apply to your Western Red Cedar decking boards has been specifically formulated for this end use. Unseasoned decking should be air dried (not exposed to direct sunlight) and finished on all sides prior to installation.

Moisture Content of Timbers

The large size of timbers makes kiln drying impractical due to the drying stresses which would result from differential moisture contents between the interior and exterior of the timber. For this reason, timbers are usually dressed green (moisture content above 19 percent), and the moisture content of timber upon delivery will depend on the amount of air drying which has taken place.

Like dimension lumber, timber begins to shrink when its moisture content falls below about 28 percent. The degree of shrinkage depends on the climatic conditions of the environment. For example, timbers exposed to the outdoors usually shrink from 1.8 to 2.6 percent in width and thickness, depending on the species. Timbers used indoors, where the air is often drier, experience greater shrinkage, in the range of 2.4 to 3.0 percent in width and thickness. Length change in either case is negligible.

When constructing with Posts and Timbers or Beams and Stringers, allowance should be made for anticipated shrinkage based on the moisture content at the time of assembly. Where the building envelope relies on caulked seals between timbers and other building components, the selection of caulks should take into account the amount of movement which must be accommodated as shrinkage occurs.

Minor checks on the surface of a timber are common in most service conditions and therefore an allowance has been made for them in the assignment of working stresses. Checks in columns are not of structural importance unless the check develops into a through split that will divide the column

Ponderosa Pine Growth Range

Ponderosa Pine is one of America’s abundant tree species, covering approximately 27 million acres of land. Stands can be found from Canada to Mexico and from the Pacific Coast eastward to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Its growth range covers an area encompassing more than 35 percent of the total acreage of the U.S.

California, Oregon and Washington account for a major share of the annual harvest. Arizona and South Dakota are also important producing areas with lesser amounts coming from Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and New Mexico.