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.

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.

Lumber grading Rules

Lumber inspection and grade rules writing. WWPA is one of seven grading agencies in North America authorized to write and publish grading rules for lumber. The Association also conducts regular inspections at mills to assure consistent quality between mills. Each year, WWPA lumber inspectors check lumber representing some 10 billion board feet of production.

Western Red Cedar Lap Siding

Channel siding is a popular type of lap  siding and is used whenever a rustic appearance  is desired. A  versatile siding, it can be installed vertically, horizontally or diagonally.  In channel siding the profile of each board  partially overlaps that of the board next to it creating a channel that gives shadow line effects, provides excellent weather protection and allows for dimensional movement.

Cedar Bevel Siding

Western Red Cedar bevel siding is the most widely-used siding type. It is produced by resawing lumber at an angle to produce two pieces thicker on one edge than the other. The manufacturing process results in pieces with one face saw textured. The other face is smooth or saw textured depending on the grade and customer preference. Bevel siding is installed horizontally and gives an attractive shadow line which varies with the thickness of siding selected.

Cedar Siding Preparation

On the job site, keep wood dry. Stack siding off the ground and under cover. If the wood is to be stored

over damp ground or new concrete, place a moisture barrier under the siding. Siding should be 4 to 6

inches above the ground with air circulating freely around and throughout the stack. Acclimatization time

varies with the moisture content of the siding.

Cedar Siding Installation

 

Acclimatize Siding Before installing

One of the most stable softwoods, Western Red Cedar is nevertheless a natural material and it responds to the environment. Cedar siding can swell or shrink as it gains or loses moisture to reach equilibrium with the moisture content of the surrounding air. Ensuring that the moisture content of cedar siding is at equilibrium before it is installed will minimize movement later on.