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Cedar or Pressure Treated

Cedar Deck Post Cap

Below is a case study of both the cedar and pressure treated products that we use for our products.

Cedar Deck Post CapPressure treated post cap
"Side by side comparison of cedar and pressure treated"

Misconceptions and Myths about Western Red Cedar

Many of us don't like cutting down trees, but recently western red cedar, inland cedar, and other cedar forests have been managed smartly and responsibly, and they have reduced the growing time of forests, in some cases, they have reduced it from 300 years down to 100 years. Wood is 100% biodegradable and returns to the cycle virtually intact. The tiny amount of waste is used as soil for the next generation of trees. Red cedar lumber is ideal for "Green" and sustainable construction for its low environmental impact, and its sustainability.

Read the 7 Reasons Why We Use Western Red Cedar for our Cedar Wood

  1. Durability - We specifically use Western 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.
  2. Not 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cedar Workability - Western Red Cedar produces long, lightweight lengths of timber with a fine, straight grain and uniform texture that makes 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Red cedar lumber lasts and resists solar, water, insect, mold, fungi and other environmental degradation.

Misconceptions and Myths about Pressure Treated

When people hear pressure treated, most people think slimy green, dark, and wet that you see in larger stores sometimes. But in truth our Pressure Treated is ‘machine after treated’, meaning our raw material is dry before we would make the products itself. This makes all our pressure treated products dry and ready to paint or stain immediately after installation. 

8 Reasons Why We use Southern Yellow Pine as our Pressure Treated Wood

  1. 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. Most of the Yellow Pine (PT) and Cedar is purchased from Certified SFI Lumber Mills. This tells you that we’re buying products from a certified forest or certified sourcing. To our knowledge, for every tree that is harvested, two or more trees are planted to replace it.
  2. Our products are MAT - Machined After Treatment. Or also known as KDAT - Kiln dried after treatment. Because of MAT, products from Yellow Pine are nonwarping, not crack as easy. Because its dry its very paintable.  The paint won't peel because it is already dry.
  3. Cost - Yellow Pine is the still the most economical lumber. 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.
  4. High Density - This species has the highest density of all structural lumber, giving the builder a higher load-bearing capacity and stronger holding power. It is also the easiest to install and won’t split in the ends very easily as it is a softwood lumber. Southern Yellow Pine is one of THE most durable and strongest softwoods available.
  5. Best Treatability - Southern Yellow Pine has been our preference for pressure treatment since day one.  Because of its cellular structure, it gives deep uniform penetration of the wood preservatives.
  6. Southern Yellow Pine Naturally Looks Good - With its distinct grain pattern and appealing golden color, this wood is a popular choice for both builders and end users.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.