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Cedar is a great product to use for feature walls, accentuating structural elements, and for natural wood ceilings. It has beautiful grain an its inherent stability will provide a long-term solution for your home.

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Cedar, whether clear or knotty creates a very natural, comfortable atmosphere and tends to have a relaxing influence. Most cedar products are available in Clear or Knotty grades. Clear cedar features warm tones and variegated colours. Knotty cedar offers a more rustic look and feel.

Due to its natural properties, cedar performs exceptionally well in high humidity environments (pools, hot tubs, steam rooms). It will absorb or discharge moisture to attain equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere without compromising its structural values.

Contrast is a highly effective way of enhancing the natural effect of real wood.  Too much of a good thing can diminish the result while contrasting tones and mediums will enhance it. Cedar complements beautifully with natural stone, black iron, whites and offsetting paint colours.

Finishing options:

  • Use a commercial bleaching agent for a sun-bleached driftwood effect.
  • Clear lacquer can be used to enhance cedars natural beauty on smooth surfaces.
  • Clear finishes help define the grain and enhance cedar’s variegated colour.
  • Natural untinted sealers can help prevent the annoying effect of water staining without changing the colour of the wood.

Construction tips

  • Collated fasteners work well indoors. Be sure to use stainless steel fasteners if you anticipate higher than average humidity (showers, steam rooms, pools, hot tub rooms).
  • When choosing your trim for doors and windows, simple box joints tend to complement the cedar. Mitre joints can appear over done.
  • A story pole is a great technique for transferring consistent height across each course from one part of the structure to another, i.e. across doors, windows or onto corresponding walls or other obstructions. Also useful in anticipating the need for compromise in event of uneven ceiling heights or out of square walls and key in preventing the conundrum of finishing on a tapered board against the ceiling.