Due to the phenols and other natural properties of Western Red Cedar against rot and decay, it is great for use in damp areas, including bathrooms and saunas. It is also very flexible and resists warping under heat and humidity. Because it is a low-density wood, it is a great insulator and heats quickly. And, it smells great!
Because your sauna will reach high temperatures and cool off when not in use, the Cedar will expand and contract a great deal. To reduce the chance of cupping, we recommend using narrower dimensions of materials, such as a 4” tongue and groove (T&G) product for the walls for optimum stability. And while knotty grades are easier on the pocketbook, we recommend using clear grades of materials, as the knots tend to heat up faster and get hotter and may become uncomfortable to the touch.
When shopping for your materials, keep in mind, that because a sauna is generally a small space, shorter lengths of materials can be used and sometimes come with a discounted price.
Special “Thanks” for Michael S from Arizona for sharing these gorgeous photos of the Western Red Cedar sauna he built using materials he purchased from us.
Looking to add instant warmth and charm to your home’s interior? Wood ceilings are trending now! Wood ceilings instantly add warmth and charm that just can’t be duplicated with man-made products.
No matter what architectural style appeals to you, natural wood will instantly warm up modern contemporary or minimalist spaces, add character and interest to commercial buildings, provide texture or cool elegance to one room or the whole house. With so many varieties of wood to choose from, as well as installation options (not to mention finishes!), wood ceilings are here to stay.
In these photos, Knotty Western Red Cedar T&G is used throughout this custom home’s interior and exterior soffits to create a cohesive space and a smooth transition from inside to out. Craftsmanship by RGN Construction, photos by Swift Studios.
In what can be a somewhat “cool” or un-personal space, the knotty Western Red Cedar boards installed on the ceiling of this car dealership add natural warmth. Photo and craftsmanship by Trico Construction.
Popular as well, Douglas Fir T&G has different color variations than Cedar and adds a nice rustic touch. Photo and craftsmanship by Yonkman Construction.
In these photos, clear Western Red Cedar T&G with all its beautiful color variations add elegance to this recently completed sunroom by our customer, Dave. For tips on installing cedar T&G paneling, please visit our blog post on that subject by clicking HERE.
Due to its lightweight, as well as work-ability, natural wood in either Cedar or Pine is a perfect choice for both ceilings and walls in mobile buildings, such as this tiny home on wheels that was built by Hope Island Cottages.
With so many beautiful options, we can help you find the one that is just right for you and your unique style.
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One of the greatest joys of helping people with specialty building materials is working with our customers and guiding them to products that help them build their dream home. Located on scenic Guemes Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington state, this Pacific Northwest style custom home is nearing completion.
Clad with our hand-split Western Red Cedar shakes, this “cabin in the woods” shows excellent craftsmanship with thoughtful and creative touches, inside as well as out. Used for many years in the Pacific Northwest, our Western Red Cedar shakes will provide many years of carefree service for this home’s exterior.
The interior is clad with Douglas Fir tongue and groove, which adds to the feeling of being right at home in the trees on this secluded island, which is only accessible by boat or ferry.
A special “Thank You” to the Casey family for allowing us to participate in your project and for sharing these fantastic photos! So beautiful!
Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We specialize in providing customers all over the United States with Pacific Northwest, coastal grown Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, and Douglas Fir building materials.
Trending Now – Used to add a bit of warmth and to bring a cohesive look from the interior of a space to the outdoors, installing Knotty Western Red Cedar tongue and groove on the ceilings inside the home, as well as in the home’s exterior soffits and ceilings is trending now. Combined with white walls, this look is perfect for a crisp, modern design.
craftsmanship by RGN Construction of Seattle, photo by Swift Studios
craftsmanship by RGN Construction of Seattle, photo by Swift Studios
Tongue and groove, commonly referred to as T&G, is created by boards that have been manufactured to have one protruding rib (tongue) on one edge and a groove on the other edge, so that the tongue from one board fits into the groove in the next board. When properly installed, the T&G joint is very strong and can withstand the expansion and contraction of the wood as temperatures change.
Our Select/Quality Knotty Western Red Cedar T&G is readily available in 1×4”, 1×6”, and 1×8”, as well as 2×6”, and is perfect for interior ceilings as well as exterior soffits and ceilings. We are also able to offer custom milled profiles, as well as Western Red Cedar T&G in clear grades.
To save money and time on the job, we can arrange to have your knotty Western Red Cedar T&G custom stained to nearly every color imaginable. Read more about that process HERE
As a warm and healthy alternative to drywall, Shiplap by Woodtone™ Interior Paneling is a quality product you can count on. Re-imagined with superior product features, when installed, the classic visible gap between the boards is created by the product’s unique design, and the classic “shiplap” appearance is achieved.
Manufactured from engineered clear pine, Shiplap by Woodtone™ Interior Paneling is a tongue and groove pattern (not a traditional shiplap pattern) for ease of installation and arrives with a factory coat of white primer, ready to accept the color of paint of your choice.
Shiplap by Woodtone™ Interior Paneling is available in 12’ lengths in 1×6” or 1×8” with a penny gap. This product can be installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally, and will naturally make a small room feeler larger, whether installed on the walls or ceilings.
Big “Thank You” to our customer Dave for sharing these photos of his new sunroom addition that we supplied the building materials for. The combination of the painted Shiplap and natural Western Red Cedar T&G on the ceiling give this new space lots of character. We are also rather fond of the Douglas Fir trim and beautiful privacy fence he built using our 1×4” clear Red Balau Mahogany that can be seen out his new beautiful sunroom windows!
The new sunroom exterior is clad with our knotty Western Red Cedar beveled siding. We provided him with pre-primed siding, which saves a big step during construction when it is destined to be painted.
With a wide range of specialty building materials in Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Doug Fir, and other exotic and domestic hardwoods and softwoods, before your next project, be sure to visit us! We ship nationwide!
Nothing compares to the natural warmth and feel natural wood brings to interiors and exteriors of commercial and residential buildings. Manufactured from knotty, appearance grade (SPF) Pine, our wall and ceiling paneling was developed for ease of installation. Available in two different profiles and factory coated for increased consistency and protection, this natural wood wall and ceiling paneling comes backed with a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty provided by Woodtone.
Each board is end-matched, therefore it does not need to end on a stud. This saves time, as well as money during installation.
Available in 12, 14, and 16’ lengths in two different profiles: square edge or v-grooved
Each board is already coated with high-quality, water-based semi-transparent or solid stain on all four sides. This will save money and time on the job site, as well as helps to protect the wood and prevent damage and dirt pick-up.
Exterior porch ceilings
Interior accent walls
FineLine Tongue & Groove Profile
Our FineLine Pre-Finished Pine T&G is end matched with a square edge “penny gap” profile and is available in seven unique semi-transparent or solid colors.
Traditional Tongue & Groove Profile
Our Traditional Pre-finished Pine T&G is end matched with a v-groove profile and is available in six unique semi-transparent or solid colors.
Belgian White Ale
Canadian Ice Lager
American Nut Brown
Texas Honey Brown
SPF is an acronym, which stands for spruce, pine, and fir. Sold under the general term “Pine,” it may be a combination of any of the three trees. All produce a high-grade timber with relatively sound, small tight knots. If a blemish-free appearance is desired, we recommend filling knots with putty and finishing with a solid color topcoat.
This is a natural wood product. Warranty does not cover natural occurrences such as extractive bleeding, variations in grain and color, knots, mineral streaks and/or pitch pockets. Sorry, we are unable to provide an exact match on any previous order or sample.
All material must be viewed and allowed to acclimate 5-7 days before installation. We consider the installation of the product as final acceptance.
This product is not recommended for, or warranted for, exterior siding applications.
Please contact us for brochures or samples, and before your next project, be sure to visit us! We provide high-quality specialty building materials to homeowners and contractors nationwide.
Prized for both interior and exterior use due to its pale yellow color, workability, and longevity, Alaska Yellow Cedarwas the chosen wood for this unique, modern home on Fidalgo Island in Washington state.
Designed by local architect Brooks Middleton, whom we have had the pleasure to work with on several local projects, designed this project to have it built using clear, vertical grain Yellow Cedar for accent walls inside the home and for some of the exterior cladding. Since what he was looking for was not an “off the shelf” product, we worked with our mill to manufacture the custom spec’d 6″ clear vertical grain (also referred to as VG) Yellow Cedar for the exterior siding, as well as the 8″ clear VG Yellow Cedar for the interior of the home.
Clear, vertical grain is the highest grade of Cedar, and as you might guess, the most expensive. The wood is sawn specifically so that all the growth rings are parallel to each other on the face of the board. All pieces milled will have a smooth face of decay-resistant heartwood and will be free from most growth characteristics that affect appearance. Please note that even in all the clear grades, including VG, some knots may be present, as well as other less-than-perfect characteristics. Every tree, as well as every piece of lumber, will have natural individual characteristics, including variance in color.
When installing any natural wood product, regardless of grade, the trick is to install the best pieces in the areas with the highest visibility and always allow for some waste, especially in lower grades of clear and knotty Cedar products.
And before your next project, be sure to visit us! We specialize in working with customers with unique needs!
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!
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.
New Wood Patterns
With the current trend in custom building and remodeling, including so much exterior and interior paneling for accent walls and ceilings and 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.
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. We recommended that this pattern be manufactured out of clear Western Red Cedar for optimum performance.
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.
To save money and time on the job, we can arrange to have your specialty wood pattern pre-primed or stained in almost any color imaginable!
Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We ship nationwide!
Approved for interior and exterior applications, engineered Western Red Cedar tongue and groove paneling are 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.
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 job site
Available in 1×4” and 1×6” in specified lengths up to 16’ in three T&G profiles “Micro V”, “Fine Line” and “Flush”
Custom profiles and lengths available by special order
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.
photo and craftsmanship by Dihedral Builders of Anacortes, WA
Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We ship nationwide!
Perfect for adding natural warmth to any room, Western Red Cedar tongue and groove (T&G) paneling is a trend that is being seen in new custom home construction, in commercial building, as well as in the remodeling market. Easy to work with and high performing, Western Red Cedar helps designers and homeowners easily achieve an organic warmth in any room effortlessly. Because Western Red Cedar is pitch and resin-free, it readily accepts almost any stain or finish, including bleaching products.
Clear grades of Western Red Cedar T&G paneling are prized for a consistent and clean appearance, as well as natural, rich color variation between boards. With exceptional stability, clear Cedar T&G will add sophistication and warmth that no man-made product can provide.
Less expensive than clear Cedar, a quality Architect or “Tight Knot” Cedar tongue and groove product will have knots that remain tight and sound through the life of the product. Knotty Cedar T&G paneling will provide unparalleled texture and helps create an open concept living space, especially when used on the interior ceiling and extended outside the home or office into the soffit areas.
If you are looking to bring the beauty and serenity of the great outdoors into your living space, be sure to read our DIY blog for installing Western Red Cedar tongue and groove paneling. And before your next project, be sure to visit us!
The craftsmanship on both of these stunning projects is by Impel Construction. A highly respected and talented Stanwood / Camano Island and Methow Valley-based contracting firm. They specialize in modern-style home and commercial construction.