Trending Now – Natural Exterior Wood Cladding

Whether it is new construction or updating the look of a commercial or residential building, using natural wood siding to add a more modern look and feel is gaining popularity.  With so many options in Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and other domestic hard and softwoods, the possibilities are endless to create a more natural, welcoming appearance for any building with wood cladding.

A true example of crafted modernism, this rustic home located in eastern Washington is cladded with a mix of our knotty Western Red Cedar and metal, along with concrete and steel elements to create an appealing façade that blends in with the natural surroundings, as well as help to protect the home against wild fires.  See more of photos of this project by visiting the builder’s website, Impel Construction.

Knotty Western Red Cedar and Metal Siding protect this home against wildfires

architecture by Designs Northwest Architects, photo courtesy of Colin Sands

 

When paired with a medium or dark color, natural wood siding instantly modernizes an existing building.  In these photos, our friends at La Conner Dental replaced portions of the existing siding on their commercial building with our 1×4” clear Western Red Cedar tongue and groove paneling to create an upscale, yet charming exterior.

cedar siding accent using 1x4 clear Western Red Cedar TG

clear 1x4 western red cedar tongue and groove

 

Totally on trend, and only getting hotter, is creating entrances to both homes and businesses, that are inviting with depth and dimension. Used to accentuate this the front porch and entry, our clear, vertical grain engineered veneer Western Red Cedar T&G extends a warm welcome to the homeowners and guests alike.

clear engineered western red cedar t&g

craftsmanship by Dihedral Builders

 

Adding natural wood timbers and beams, as well as natural wood paneling to the underside of porches and overhangs provides guests with shelter against the weather. In this photo, our Douglas Fir timbers and natural Western Red Cedar T&G create visual interest to this new home’s covered entry.

Doug Fir Timbers and Clear Cedar Soffit entryway

built by Brown and Sons, Inc

 

By mixing warm, organic-looking clear, mixed grain, Western Red Cedar with cool metal, the entrance to the Craft Stove building in Mount Vernon, WA draws customers into their new showroom.

clear Western Red Cedar and metal siding warm this commercial building

craftsmanship by Chad Fisher Construction

 

Used to draw the outdoors in, as well as keep the momentum of a seamless design, real Western Red Cedar is used on the interior walls and ceiling, as well as exterior of this custom home in Malibu, CA.  The clear, vertical grain Cedar T&G used on the exterior of the home was pre-treated for fire resistance.  Learn more about the process for this by clicking HERE

clear western red cedar installed on interior ceiling and carried through to the home's exterior

clear western red cedar was fire treated for this homes exterior

We are so pleased to see this trend that includes natural wood and earthier elements and would be happy to discuss adding our natural wood products to your next project!  We ship nationwide!

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

Ribbon Coursing of Cedar Sidewall Shingles

The natural beauty, longevity and durability of Western Red Cedar has made it a popular choice for exterior siding since man began building structures.  It is light, easy to work with, and comes in a variety of patterns and textures that allow designers, architects, builders and home owners to customize an exterior that is perfect for their particular project.

Because of the many grades and sizes, as well as ways that they can be installed to create a custom look, Cedar Shingles are an especially popular siding choice.  In this photo, the pre-primed #1 R&R (re-edged and re-jointed) Western Red Cedar Shingles we provided for this historical restoration  were installed using a method called “Ribbon Coursing”.

Pre primed ribbon coursed Western Red Cedar Shingles

When applying ribbon coursing, the double shadow line is created by raising the outer course of cedar shingles approximately 1″ above the under coursing.  It is recommended that only #1 shingles be used in this application.

Ribbon Coursing installation guidelines for Western Red Cedar Shingles

Butt nail all double coursed cedar shingles that are installed with more than their maximum single course recommended exposure.  For our 18″ #1 Western Red Cedar shingles, 7″ is the maximum recommended exposure for a single course.  When installing any Western Red Cedar building materials, be sure to use corrosion resistant fasteners.

# 1 Western Red Cedar shingle installation exposure guide

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www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

 

CCA Pressure Treated Cedar Shingles and Shakes

While naturally resistant to rot and decay, Western Red Cedar shingles and shakes that have been treated with Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) will add years to the life of your roof or siding.

To add longevity to this cedar roof, the cedar shakes were treated with CCA pressure treatment

Invented in the early 1930’s, CCA treatments protect wood against insect attack and fungal decay and is expected give life to the wood in the excess of forty years.  This can be extremely helpful in areas with high humidity to provide longevity to cedar roofing, utility, highway, marine, agricultural and heavy construction.  CCA preservative treatments render the wood useless as a food substance for insects and fungi; yet keeps the natural look of the wood.  As a matter of fact, it is almost impossible to tell that the wood has even been treated when finished.

Since CCA treatments have been around for so long, many studies have been done to ensure its safety by both private and public research institutions.  At no time have any special risks been found and it is not toxic to plants.  However, it should not be used in direct contact with food, nor should it be burned.  As with any wood, a dust mask should be worn when sawing or working with CCA treated cedar shingles and shakes.

CCA Pressure Treated Cedar Shake Roof will last approximately 40 years

If you are interesting in pricing on Western Red Cedar shingles or shakes with CCA preservative treatments, please give us a call or send an email to sales@cclumber.com

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

360.757.6343

 

 

Cedar and other Wood Specialty Patterns

If you can dream it up or need to match up a wood pattern that is no longer made, we work with a team of skilled mills that can help you achieve the custom pattern you desire or need in Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Douglas Fir and just about any other hard or softwood. From exterior siding and cladding patterns to interior or exterior paneling, to airfoils and louvers, truly dimensional lumber…and everything else in between!

no gap Douglas fir interior wood accent wall

Custom Douglas Fir T&G Paneling adds warmth to this waiting room

Historical Wood Patterns

As the decades have passed, trends, as well as manufacturing practices, have come and gone in building materials.  When the time comes for restoring or repairing wood in vintage or historical buildings, it can often be difficult to find truly dimensional lumber and/or match old wood patterns.

Whether it be exterior siding patterns, interior wall or decking patterns that need to be matched up, we can help! The best place to start is to get us a sample of the pattern that needs to be matched, such as this double tongue and groove that measures 3-1/2” x 5-1/2” that was manufactured from clear Western Red Cedar well over 100 years ago. By carefully inspecting and measuring this sample, we were able to have this double tongue and groove timber created to the exact specifications of the piece that was provided for the historical restoration after a recent fire.

Clear Western Red Cedar Double Tongue and Groove Timber Historical Pattern we created for restoration of a commercial building

New Wood Patterns

With the current trend in custom building and remodeling including so much exterior and interior paneling for accent walls and ceilings, as well as lining closets and bathrooms; if there is a specific wood pattern your architect has dreamed up that hasn’t been done before, we can help! Since it hasn’t been produced before, a line drawing is created before production with the exact measurements noted and a recommendation of what grade and species of wood would work best for the application will be discussed.

architect created tongue and groove specialty wood pattern to be made out of clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar

Note in this pattern that a special bevel is added to the profile to drain water away since this T&G will be used outdoors as cladding.  For optimum performance, we recommended that this pattern be manufactured out of clear Western Red Cedar.

Another new trend we are seeing quite a lot of in commercial building, as well as residential, is the use of wood louvers.  Naturally beautiful with the look that only real wood can provide.  Whether it be boards cut to specific dimensions or shaped into airfoils, such as this one, we work with mills that specialize in creating the perfectly sized and shaped louvers for your project in Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Douglas Fir or most any other soft or hardwood desired.

We manufactured these airfoil louvers out of clear Western Red Cedar to the architect's exact specifications for a commercial project

To save money and time on the job, we can arrange to have your specialty wood pattern pre-primed or stained in most any color imaginable!

We applied a clear, penetrating oil stain to these Western Red Cedar airfoil louvers we had custom manufactured

Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We ship nationwide!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

Matching and Creating Historical Wood Siding Patterns

As a specialty building materials distributor, one of our areas of expertise is in assisting our customers in creating unique siding patterns out of Cedar or Douglas Fir, as well as matching historical wood siding patterns that are no longer commonly used.  Our staff is well trained and versed in helping customers throughout the United States in matching wood siding patters to help maintaining a building’s historical architectural details.   From custom ship lap patterns to log cabin sidings, tongue and groove patterns to channel sidings, we work closely with our customer to ensure the old world charm and exact specifications needed are met.

Custom Western Red Cedar Siding Patterns

Just recently, we were contacted to help match this clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar 10” drop siding (also referred to as Dutch Lap Siding) for a repair that needs to be done on a very old cabin.   Since drop siding is no longer commonly produced in a 10” profile in Western Red Cedar, we are working with the contractor to make just enough of the cedar siding to make the repair in the most cost effective manner possible to maintain the look of the cabin.   In this case, since the siding is painted, it can be easier to create something that will look exactly the same as the existing siding when the new pieces are installed and coated.

Vintage 10" Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar drop siding

clear, vertical grain western red cedar dutch lap siding

Historical Clear, Vertical Grain Old Growth Western Red Cedar painted drop siding

Other projects we have had the pleasure of working with include providing this fully dimensional 5/4×12” clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar planks for a historical restoration of a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Michigan.  The Clear Cedar planks are installed directly over mahogany strips, just exactly as Frank designed the look many years ago.

5/4x12" Clear Vertical Grain full Dimension for Frank Lloyd Wright Project in MI

Need help matching a siding pattern?  Our process begins by carefully examining a piece of the existing siding.  It is carefully measured and a “line drawing” is created and submitted to our customer for review.

Custom Historical Wood Siding Patterns for Sale

Next, we discuss the options of what material will be used to create the wood siding.  As mentioned previously, if the siding is to be painted, we have more options of grade and how the material will be manufactured.  If the siding will be left natural or stained, it will be of upmost importance to match the species and grade of wood exactly to what is on the building.  We specialize in providing custom siding patterns in Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Douglas Fir and other exotic and domestic hard and soft woods.

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA  98233

We ship nationwide!

 

Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar Engineered T&G

Approved for both interior and exterior applications, engineered Western Red Cedar tongue and groove paneling is clearer and stronger than what nature can provide.  Hand selected for the best appearance, thin pieces of Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar are applied to quality knotty Western Red Cedar using the same techniques and glue used to make other engineered building materials rated for exterior use.

Engineered Cedar T&G

Knotty Back of Engineered Cedar Tongue and Groove Paneling

Knotty Cedar Substrate

  • 100% Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar T&G face
  • Lower in cost than solid stock Cedar
  • Nailed, sanded and sawn just like regular wood
  • Very stable. Minimal shrinking, twisting, cupping or splitting
  • Saves time and waste on the jobsite
  • Available in 1×4” and 1×6” in specified lengths up to 16’ in three T&G profiles     “Micro V”, “Fine Line” and “Flush”
  • 10 year Limited Warranty
  • Pre-finishing services available
  • Custom profiles and lengths available by special order

Clear Western Red Cedar Engineered T&G

 

All the Western Red Cedar used to produce this Clear, Vertical Grain engineered T&G comes from responsibly managed forests and no-urea-formaldehyde is used in the laminating process.   Perfect for exterior cladding or soffits, as well as interior wall or ceiling details, engineered Western Red Cedar tongue and groove paneling will provide many years of beautiful service.

Engineered Clear Western Red Cedar Paneling for Exterior Use

photo and craftsmanship by Dihedral Builders of Anacortes, WA

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!  We ship nationwide!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA  98233

DYI Tips for Installing Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Paneling

Western Red Cedar has been a prized building material for thousands of years due to its versatility, longevity and natural beauty.   In more recent years, it has been identified and praised for its use in “green building”.  All natural wood products, including Western Red Cedar, have been shown to have the least impact on the environment through their life cycle. Western Red Cedar building materials require less energy to produce than man made alternatives, are biodegradable, and are completely renewable and sustainable.

For interior, as well as exterior use, Western Red Cedar tongue and groove (T&G) paneling can be installed vertically, horizontally or diagonally.  It is commonly used as an exterior siding and cladding, in soffits and for ceilings, as well as either interior or exterior accent walls or paneling.

In clear grades, Western Red Cedar T&G it is commonly supplied in thicknesses of 7/16” or 1” in either 4 or 6” widths, while knotty T&G is commonly supplied in 1” thickness in either 4, 6 or 8” widths.   Either are available in a variety of profiles.

The various grades and thicknesses of T&G are designed for specific appearances and uses.  Our sales team is happy to discuss these with you to ensure you receive the correct product for your intended use.  Upon receipt of your Cedar T&G, it should be inspected to ensure it is the correct product that you and your sales person discussed, and that it is not damaged or visually unacceptable in any way before beginning installation.   Please note, however, since Western Red Cedar is a natural material, color variations, as well as some defects, are allowable within in each chosen grade.

Be sure to choose a fastener that has a high level of corrosion resistance that is recommended for use with Western Red Cedar.   Should your Cedar T&G be installed near salt water or in another area with high condensation, a severe level of corrosion resistant fastener should be selected.   We recommend using stainless steel ring shank nails in the appropriate grade for where the product is to be installed. The nails used need to penetrate at least 1 ¼” solid wood.   Plywood, sheet rock and/or particle board, or similar sheeting is NOT considered solid wood.

HORIZONTAL or DIAGONAL INSTALLATION:  Start at the bottom and work up with the groove edges facing downwards and the tongues up.  Cedar T&G up to 6” wide can be “blind nailed” through the tongue at an approximate 45 degree angle with one nail into each framing member.  Should the framing be covered by sheetrock, plywood or house wrap, before beginning installation, snap a chalklike or mark a line over the covering to ensure you nail at least 1-1/4” into the framing each and every time during installation.   T&G wider than 6” and those starter pieces and ending pieces will need to nailed to the framing through the face.  As you move up the wall, be sure to tap each piece into place with a rubber mallet and check to be sure you are staying level.

Clear, Mixed Grain Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Paneling Exterior Accent Wall

We supplied the Clear, Mixed Grain Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Paneling for this stunning accent wall of the newly constructed Craft Stove in Mount Vernon, WA

VERTICAL INSTALLATION:  Since framing generally runs up and down, you will need to provide “nailers”, horizontal blocking lines, or furring strips for the T&G to be installed properly.  Each piece of Cedar T&G will need to be secured to solid wood with at least an 1-1/4” penetration approximately every 12”.   Once the nailers are in place, use a level or plumb line to ensure the first board is installed plumb.  As with horizontal installation, pieces up to 6 inches in width can be blind nailed.  Wider pieces, as well as those in the beginning and the end, will need to be nailed directly through the face of the T&G into the solid wood behind.  Lightly tap each piece into to place and be sure to you are staying plumb throughout your installation.

Knotty Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Siding Cladding installed vertically

We supplied the knotty Western Red Cedar T&G that was installed vertically on this cute little cabin on Guemes Island, WA

Should you have more questions or concerns about how to install your Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove paneling, please do not hesitate to discuss this with your sales person prior to installation of your product to ensure your Cedar T&G will perform at its best for you.

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA