Information on Northern White & Western Red Cedar

Here in Northern Ontario, Cedar split rail fencing is commonly found, our
weather up here is harsh, cold, and snow covered all winter, most of the
fencing here is about 100 years old. The properties of cedar make it a
wonderful environmentally safe product, not only for the handlers but for the
next generation.

Below are some quotes and studies made regarding Northern White Cedar
that I copied off other sites on the internet for your information.  These
properties are very similar to the Western Red Cedar as well.

Not only the most decay resistant wood, due to its natural tannis that repel
mildew, rot and insect damage, northern white cedar has a built-in all natural
non-toxic preservative. Because of this, cedar needs no pressure treatments,
making it environmentally friendly.

Northern White Cedar, recognized universally as a superior species for use in
log homes, is one of nature's small miracles. This recognition is due in part to
the natural beauty and insulating qualities this species possesses. It is
naturally insect, and rot resistant, it naturally regenerates. northern White
cedar is not prone to splintering. If Left unfinished, it ages to a silvery gray,
silky surface. This species is excellent for indoor, outdoor, and ground contact
applications. It is nontoxic, safe to handle, and can be safely burned. There are
no chemicals added, so none can leach out.

According to a University of Maine study, initiated to determine the natural
durability of various species of commonly used woods, untreated white cedar
was found to possess a high natural durability, even under ground contact
conditions, as attested by the existence of surveyor's corner posts and rail
fences still serviceable after 50 to 60 years or more.
Source: UMO-Forest Products Laboratory

Durable because white cedar, with its naturally occuring oils, receives
the most decay resistant rating as assigned by the United States Forest
Products Laboratory

Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) - Tree of life

Exceptional decay resistance, excellent stability, resistance to splintering,
weathers to silver gray
Recommended applications - Siding, Decking, Trim, Boat & Canoe Planking,
Fencing, Furniture

Other wood types do not carry the properties of Northern White & Western
Red Cedar and that is why they require special treatment & preservative.
Northern White & Western Red Cedar Properties
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