Cedar or Pressure Treated
Many of our products come in a choice of pressure treated or cedar material.
Why Southern Yellow Pine?
- Durability- Southern Yellow Pine is one of THE most durable and strongest softwoods available.
- High Density- This species has THE highest density of all structural lumber, giving the builder a higher load bearing capacity and stronger holding power.
- Best Treatability- Southern Yellow Pine has been our preference for pressure treatment since day one. Because of it's cellular structure, it gives deep uniform penetration of the wood preservatives.
- Naturally Good Looking - With it's distinct grain pattern and appealing golden color, this wood is a popular choice for both builders and end users.
- Easily Available-It's grown in abundance and easy for us to get with a big swath of it growing across the Southern US, from Texas up to Virginia.
- Dimensional Stability- Southern pine dimension lumber 2" and less in thickness must be dried to a maximum moisture content of 19%. This minimizes shrinkage that you'll see with green lumber and gives you long lasting stability.
- Green Building Material- Choosing domestic Southern Pine — a product grown in the U.S. — is not only a good environmental choice but also an opportunity.
Why Coastal Red Cedar?
Durability - We specifically use Coastal Red Western Cedar because of the strength over other woods. And we only use Western Red Cedar that has been kiln dried. Cedar offers low density and shrinkage factors, and exceptional thermal insulation value. Because of the large supply of Southern Yellow Pine, we use it so we can pass on the lower price of the material to our customers.
Not to be confused with Standard Cedar- As always, our Western Red Cedar has a smooth surface and a very few small, tight knots. Please do not confuse our premium Cedar with the rough, knotty Cedar available at most lumber yards and home centers. Western Red Cedar holds paint well and is very weather resistant.
Stands up Better in the Elements- Often used outside, Western Red Cedar holds paint well and is very weather resistant. Western Red Cedar is one of the few wood species that are naturally at home in the outdoors. Properly finished, Western Red Cedar will last for decades, even in harsh environments. Its natural resistance to moisture, decay and insect damage make it the ideal choice for a surface that is exposed to sun, rain, heat and cold all year round.
Workability - Western Red Cedar produces long, lightweight lengths of timber with a fine, straight grain and uniform texture that make it easy to cut, saw and nail with common tools. These features also contribute to its ability to be planed to a smooth surface or machined to any pattern. The lack of pitch and resin allows Western Red Cedar to hold glue bonds from a wide range of adhesives and provide a firm base for many types of paints and stains.
Natural Preservative-Western Red Cedar is one of the world's most durable woods. Natural resistance to moisture, decay and insect damage has long made Western Red the best choice.
Indoor/Outdoor - Cedar the premier choice for either interior or exterior home use. Cedar fibers in the heartwood contain natural preservatives that are toxic to decay-causing fungi. The two principal extractives that are responsible for the decay resistance are Thujaplicans and water-soluble phenolics. The tree's ability to produce these extractives increases with age, making the outer regions of heartwood the most durable.
Aroma - Western Red Cedar's unique aroma comes from naturally occurring thujaplicins in its heartwood. These compounds resist moisture and are toxic to decay-causing fungi and insects and preserve the wood to give it long lasting appeal.