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! Before 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 a 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, and 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!
We provide delivery service throughout northwest Washington, including the San Juan Islands, and ship nationwide!
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 1930s, CCA treatments protect wood against insect attack and fungal decay and is expected to give life to the wood in 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 you desire 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 before installation. This helps protect the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, as well as 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 that provide color. Generally speaking, the more pigment in the stain, the more ultraviolet 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 refinishing. Service life will vary greatly depending on the 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 marketplace continues to move toward using more environmentally friendly products 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 challenging 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 a 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.
Looking to save time and money on the job site, as well as protect your siding, trim boards, shingles, shakes, wood decking or Cedar fencing? We can arrange to have your products pre-stained at the factory and delivered to your job site ready to install.
With nearly every color imaginable, from clear products that allow the natural characteristics and colors of the wood to show through, to semi-transparent stains that add a subtle hue, to solid color coatings, the quality of the finish is impossible to duplicate using on-site installation methods. Your material will be completely covered on all sides with a flood coat of stain, in a temperature-controlled environment, free of dust and debris, then back brushed to ensure even absorption and coverage.
The pieces are then placed on racks in a drying room until cured.
In this photo, custom cut Western Red Cedar Airfoils are being individually coated with a penetrating oil
The Western Red Cedar Airfoils are left to dry completely in a drying room before packing up for shipment
No waiting for perfect weather! No over-spray, uneven application, or streaking! Having your materials coated prior to coming to the job site will help them stay cleaner, as well as help protect them during installation.
And save you money!
Stain absorption may vary due to the density and/or porosity of the Western Red Cedar or other wood fibers. The final color and how it adheres/absorbs into the material will vary. Due to this, color matches are not guaranteed to match any previous sample or order exactly.
A second field coat of finish following installation is required.
Generally, your order will be ready to ship in 10 to 14 days, ready for installation. To get the order going, we do require a deposit at the time the order is placed. Sorry, we cannot cancel a custom order once it has been placed.
For more information, please call us at 360.757.6343 to discuss.