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Ever wonder why cedar wood is so common? Cedar is a unique wood with properties that make it a great option for ust about any construction project. Keep reading to see what cedar a top choice with builders and homeowners.
Joe Ferguson

Joe Ferguson

Joe Ferguson, Architectural Joiner at SkirtingsRus.

Cedar is Sustainable and Resilient

Cedar is a sustainable building material that is resilient and good for thermal insulation. It is also not prone to twisting and warping. Used traditionally for exterior siding, cedar is a great material to use as it is resistant to insects and rot due to insecticides natural to the tree.

Cedar’s Natural Properties

Cedar is insect and decay-resistant. No treatments are needed like most other species of wood. The cedar oil in the wood acts as a deterrent to insects. Cedar is porous so it can absorb sound. Cedar wood is dense and very lightweight compared to other common building materials. The denseness of cedar helps it resist warping and cracking better than other wood species.

Jimmy Harris

Jimmy Harris

Jimmy Harris, Real Estate Agent at We Buy Houses In West Georgia.

Simon Bernath

Simon Bernath

Simon Bernath, CEO & Founder, Furnace Prices.

Cedar is Extremely Malleable

The best trait that cedar wood has, that not many other kinds of wood do, is that it is extremely malleable. It can be curved, bent, and shaped without the risk of the wood snapping in half. This is perfect for construction projects that aren’t a ‘typical’ square shape – its best use is on boats and ships because of their curved edges.

On top of this, cedar is resistant to most temperatures, which makes it perfect for use in homes that are in excessively hot or cold areas. Its moisture content in the wood grains prevents it from heat-related damage.

3 Great Qualities of Cedar

1. Insect resistance
Because of their inherent ability to fend off insects, fungi, and microorganisms, cedar trees are very valuable in certain areas. They are especially prized for their ability to withstand humidity, temperature-related problems, and cracking. These qualities make cedar wood highly desired in many areas.

2. Moisture-resistant
Cedar is a natural choice for house siding because it won’t warp no matter what the weather is like. Cedar doesn’t shrink or swell in wet or dry weather. This amazing dimensional stability makes it a great wood for siding.

3. Eco-friendly
Cedar is a greener alternative to using synthetic products, and it’s renewable and biodegradable. It is non-toxic and hypoallergenic and it pulls greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Perry Zheng

Perry Zheng

Perry Zheng is the founder and CEO of Cash Flow Portal, a real estate syndication software.

Bill Samuel

Bill Samuel

Bill Samuel is a full-time residential real estate developer at Blue Ladder Development.

Cedar is Highly Durable

One of the main reasons cedar is selected during construction is its durability. Because cedar is so durable it is often used in exterior locations where the customer prefers to use a wood product. Cedar is known to hold up well in damp conditions.

Another trait of cedar is that it actually smells really nice and can be used as a luxury material in different applications. Cedar is sometimes used to line closets because of its beautiful appearance and nice aroma.

Sound Resistance and Naturally Aesthetic

Cedar has been long used in the construction industry. Because of its aroma, essence, and strong features, cedar is the natural choice when it comes to constructing homes and other structures.

Here’s why cedar is of the top recommendations for construction:

1) Durability
Cedar can withstand many conditions, especially damp climates. It does not warp, shrink, or swell even in severe weather conditions, making it an ideal choice for exteriors.

2) Sound Resistance
Cedarwood is porous giving it the ability to absorb noise. This quality is what makes cedar most popular for the interior and exterior of buildings.

3) Natural Aesthetic
Cedar is naturally beautiful with white and red combinations. During construction, a clear coat is applied to enhance its appearance.

4) Insect Repellant
The oils in cedar can repel pests such as termites, mosquitoes, ants, etc.

Jon Sanborn

Jon Sanborn

Jon Sanborn, Co-founded Brotherly Love Real Estate in Philadelphia, PA..

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