With all-new technologies coming in, it is tempting to buy plastic or composite exterior furniture that claims that no maintenance, no staining, lasts forever. But do not disregard the natural warmth and beauty of the clear-grained Western Red Cedar while thinking about your outdoor location. Plastic or composite simply cannot compare.
Western red cedar wall cladding is also a better choice than many other wood products. Cedarwood itself comes in some quality grades. Clean-grained western red cedar and clean western red cedar is the best quality. They come from the heart of the tree and just outside it.
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There is also a knotty cedar that comes from the exterior of the tree and has at least fine grains and as the name itself suggests that it also has knots. The bales are where the branches were growing out of the tree. You can refer to this grade as “Rustic”.
Does this wood make a better choice than a plastic chair, or even another wood species chair? Has all the wonderful qualities of a real western red cedar? The benefits are almost endless.
- It will lay flat and straight naturally. Cedar is a light wood, but still very stable. And this is 80% of the strength of oak. In other wood species, you may have to test and crack, but cedar will resist.
- Cedar also has inherent bacterial and fungal resistance, which is a great feature for your Adirondack chairs, other outdoor furniture and garden accessories.
- Cedar fibers contain oils that will act to prevent rot or decay. This is a natural occurrence of cedar. This would make a great furniture option to use in your pool, hot tub, or moist climate.