Durability

Northern White Cedar Is Durable

Northern white cedar is recognized by researchers and forestry specialists for its durability, natural beauty, and its decay resistant properties. We have quoted some resources below in order to emphasize why Stream Forest Products uses this wood exclusively for its Rustic Split Rail Fence material.

What Are Its Qualities?

The sapwood of northern white cedar is thin and white, while the heartwood is a light brown. The wood has an aromatic spicy ‘cedary or pencil-like’ odor. It has an even grain, fine texture, and the lowest density of any commercial domestic wood (19 pcf). The heartwood is resistant to decay and subterranean termites.

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What Do Others Say?

Attractive, versatile and creative a wood fence system can be an excellent choice. You can expect years of protection, privacy and value. The sheer beauty of wood is the primary reason to select it as your fencing material. A properly designed, finely crafted and skillfully installed wood fence takes on an individual quality all its own-independent of its surroundings. Matched to the style of your house and grounds, it will enhance your home’s appearance and add to its value. But as with any investment, it pays to do your homework. Wood fencing comes in a wide range of qualities, colors, sizes and types. Before you buy, spend a little time getting to know what’s currently available. You’ll get the most value for your money. And the right fence for your needs.

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Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) – Tree of life
Exceptional decay resistance, excellent stability, resistance to splintering, weathers to silver grayRecommended applications – Siding, Decking, Trim, Boat & Canoe Planking, Fencing, Furniture

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Untreated Northern White Cedar possesses high natural durability. A study conducted by University of Maine found that surveyors’ cedar corner posts and rail fences were still serviceable after 50 to 60 years of use.(2) Northern White Cedar has an R-value of 1.41 per inch of thickness, the highest R-value of any of the species used in log homes.(4) Pine species used in log home construction have an average R-value of 1.25 per inch of thickness.(4) Northern White Cedar naturally produces preservatives that make it one of the most decay and rot resistant of woods, as well as insect tolerant. In a 1995 study, cedar flake board panels in Hawaii showed no symptoms of termite attack, despite two years of extensive termite exposure.1 Cedar displays minimal cracking or checking because of its lower moisture content, and any checks will not penetrate through the heartwood of the log.

Northern White Cedar has less water content when green weighing about 3500 lbs. per cord.(2) Katahdin naturally air dries to a desirable 14-16 percent moisture level in a fairly short time, as little as three months. Air-drying allows the wood to acclimate to a new moisture level without harming the wood fiber’s molecular structure. Depending on the weather, a brief finishing may be necessary. Katahdin’s “green” kiln is heated using their biomass boiler to create steam heat.

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White cedar is a great wood for indoor and outdoor furniture, because of its natural and environmentally sound characteristics. Found in the Northeast and most known for its uses on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, white cedar is highly durable and very sturdy. This wood species is also blessed with natural preservatives that make it one of the most decay/rot resistant and insect tolerant woods available.

White cedar is lightweight, very durable and extremely sturdy. The wood is prized for its ability to weather without treatment (unlike other species) and its ability to take finishes well. Because of this, northern white cedar is excellent for indoor, outdoor, and ground contact applications. With all of these benefits, it is easy to see why northern white cedar is considered the aristocrat of woods. It is a superior wood in its resistance to the elements and is considered one of the longest-lasting woods used in the lumbering industry today.

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