Siding

Real Cedar Siding

Introduction
Siding Home
Why Real Cedar?
Western Red Cedar Characteristics
Sustainability
Design & Spec
Siding Profiles
Bevel Siding
Board and Batten Siding
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Trim Boards
Shingle Panels
Building
Preparation For Installation
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Installation
General Installation
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Bevel
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Finishing
How to Finish
Types of Finishes
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Restoration
Decking

Real Cedar Decking

Introduction
Decking Home
Why Real Cedar?
Western Red Cedar Characteristics
Sustainability
Planning
Decking Calculator
Deck Projects
Roof Deck
Raised Deck
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Building
Fastener Recommendations
Stair & Railing Installation
Finishing
Finishing Tips
Restoration
Care & Maintenance
Outdoor

Real Cedar Outdoor

Introduction
Outdoor Home
Why Real Cedar?
Western Red Cedar Characteristics
Sustainability
Design & Spec
Real Cedar Free DIY Project Plans
Design Tips
Building
Project Preparation
Outdoor Fasteners
Fence Construction
Fence Specifications
Prebuilt Fence Panels
Finishing
Finishing Techniques
Finishing Tips
Restoration Tips
Project Care & Maintenance
Indoor

Western Red Cedar Indoor

Introduction
Indoor Home
Why Real Cedar?
Western Red Cedar Characteristics
Sustainability
Planning
Cedar Saunas
Traditional Saunas
Infrared Cedar Sauna
Cedar Indoor Design Tips
Building Products
Building Preparation
Indoor T&G Paneling
Doors & Windows
Blinds & Shutters
Finishing
Finishing Tips
Care & Maintenance
Timbers

Western Red Cedar Timbers

Introduction
Timbers Home
Why Real Cedar?
Western Red Cedar Characteristics
Sustainability
Planning
Grades and Specifications
Building
Preparation
Installation
Maintenance
Finishing
Restoring Western Red Cedar Timbers
Care & Maintenance
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Timber Preparation

When working with Real Cedar in the great outdoors, proper storage is paramount. Otherwise, you may expose your wood to UV or water damage before you even get a chance to build your dream project. For more info on how to best protect your wood from the elements, please refer to our outdoor preparation section.

For construction and interior trim, wood should be preconditioned in the area of the building in which it will be used, prior to installation. This will enable the cedar to achieve equilibrium moisture content with its surroundings. Generally speaking, kiln dried clear cedar will take 3-5 days, dry knotty cedar will take 7-10 days and green (unseasoned) cedar will take at least 30 days.

As for interior design purposes, it’s recommended that you test out your finish on a scrap sample of your wood to ensure the effect is to your liking. As well, it’s good practice to use the same brand and product throughout to avoid any color inconsistencies. It’s also important to follow manufacture’s instructions. For more info on which products are best suited for interior applications, please see our section on indoor finishing types.