We supplied the full, rough sawn appearance grade Western Red Cedar 4×6″, 8×8″ and 8×12″s for this custom Cedar Pergola and Dexperts of Bellingham, WA provided the design, craftsmanship and brawn to get the job done! Prior to installation, the cedar beams were given a coat of Ultra Premium Red Label Penofin “Sable”.
Ultra Premium Red Label Penofin exterior wood stain is made from Brazilian Rosewood Oil base which penetrates deeply to protect and nourish the wood’s fibers. With extra protection against mildew and pigments that provide ultraviolet protection against fading, Ultra Premium Red Label Penofin will help preserve and give longer life to any outdoor wood project.
Easy to apply, simple to maintain, with pigments that won’t fade, turn chalky or wash off.
With shipments of cedar lumber, siding, shingles, shakes, timbers, as well as other specialty building materials leaving our warehouse daily to all over the US, our customers value the quality of our products and our honest business practices, combined with excellent customer service and superior product knowledge. Before your next project, be sure to visit us!
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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.
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 pressure 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.
Left untreated, your Western Red Cedar (or Alaskan Yellow Cedar) will naturally weather to a silvery grey. Especially in coastal areas where a “beachy” look is desired or by those concerned with applying finishes, this is a beautiful, natural choice. Due to the unique inherent properties of Cedar, as long as proper installation and maintenance procedures are followed, it will perform satisfactorily for many years left untreated.
Should your desire be to maintain the natural color of freshly milled Western Red Cedar (or Alaskan Yellow Cedar), a finish should be applied as soon as possible. Ideally, this would be done prior to installation. This helps protect the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, as well a job site dirt pick-up and mold and mildew. Read more about this process HERE
Used to preserve the Cedar’s natural color and appearance, transparent or semi-transparent solvent borne penetrating stains are recommended. Transparent stains are similar in composition to semi-transparent stains, but contain fewer pigments which provide color. Generally speaking, the more pigment in the stain, the more ultra violet light protection it provides. When choosing a product, remember, “you get what you pay for”. Quality stains will have fungicides included to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew to help protect your Cedar, as well as higher quality UV protectors.
Depending on whether you use a transparent or semi-transparent stain, they will require re-finishing. Service life will vary greatly depending on product used, the amount of pigment and UV protectants, intensity of sunlight, moisture and the surface texture the stain was applied to (stains last longer on textured surfaces than on smooth ones).
To date, some manufacturers have developed water based stains with moderate success, however they do not last as long or perform as well as the traditional solvent borne stains. As our market place continues to move toward using products that are more environmentally friendly due to consumer demand, we expect to see some amazing things coming our way soon!
Film forming finishes such as lacquer, shellac, urethane and/or varnish are NOT recommended for use on Western Red Cedar (or Alaskan Yellow Cedar) for exterior use. Regardless of the number of coats applied, the finish will eventually become brittle, crack and peel, leaving the wood exposed. They are also extremely difficult to remove.
For on-site application, penetrating stains may be applied by brush, sprayer, pad or roller. Since the stain is generally thin and watery, it is recommended to always back brush and do not allow the stain to pool on any surface. During application, be sure to stir the stain to prevent the color pigments from settling. The drier the Cedar, the more stain it can absorb. Use caution when staining “green” or unseasoned wood as too not over apply stain. Over application can cause surface film that becomes sticky that dirt adheres to.
It is recommended that all four sides of each piece of Cedar are stained before installation. A second field coat of stain is recommended, but only if the wood will accept a second coat. For “green” or unseasoned wood, or that to be installed horizontally (such as decking), it is generally best to wait a few months to apply that second coat in place.