Cedar has been the number one choice for decking, fencing, siding, and other outdoor construction since the 1950’s. Its staying power is due to its timeless look, durability, and versatility. It is also resistant to rot, decay, and insect infestation. With a variety of building products flooding the marketplace that claim to “look like cedar”, there is no doubt that it is still in high demand.
Where does cedar’s value come from?
Homeowners are drawn to products that not only improve the curb appeal of their home, but that also adds value. Cedar continues to be the “go to” for contractors and do-it-yourselfers for siding and decking. Composite decking does have a lot of advantages, but for a truly traditional look, cedar is unsurpassed. The same can be said for other siding products. Vinyl siding is much easier to install which cuts down on labor, but it cannot even come close to the look of authentic cedar siding.
Smooth cedar is “knot” the trend
Despite what most people might think, knotty cedar is a current design trend. Once looked upon as a flaw, knots were avoided. Customers would pay higher prices and spend a lot of time handpicking cedar boards to find the “perfect” piece. Homeowners, contractors, and designers have really learned to appreciate the variation in knotty cedar. With the many differences, anyone can achieve a very elegant look to the most rustic.
Bringing the outside in with cedar
Similar to the “industrial design” trend when exposed pipes and brick walls were desirable inside, bringing the natural look of the outdoors in has also taken flight. This design look is an easy way to add warmth and texture to any room of your home. This expression is not only limited to private residences, but has carried over to commercial buildings as well.
Versatility of Cedar
Because cedar comes in so many dimensions, patterns, and grades it is perfect for any project. There is no reason that someone must settle for an alternative product if they are after the look of cedar.
Cedar has lasting longevity outside
Cedar is not only the best choice for fencing, decking, and siding, it is also number one for pergolas, arbors, and furniture. Because it is naturally resistant to water, decay, and insects- it can withstand even the harshest weather conditions.
Cedar also ages very gracefully, and in some cases looks better the older it gets. It is one of the few products that can be left to weather naturally or can be stained to keep its original tone. Cedar also retains its original structure over time because it does not warp or sag. Most cedar structures can last 30 years or more. Valued since ancient times, cedar is a no-brainer for picnic tables, chairs, and planters.
Here are some additional characteristics of cedar:
- Although the odor of cedar is pleasant to humans, it is a natural repellent to insects. They despise the pungency and therefore refrain from making cedar their home.
- The oils that run through a cedar board keep it from growing mold in even the muggiest of climates.
- Cedar weighs considerably more than other artificial products so it will not blow over in strong winds.
Even though there is a myriad of products available that can be used for many of the above-mentioned projects, cedar cannot be beat. It remains one of the most budget friendly and readily available choices for homeowners, builders, and contractors alike.