In addition to the housing shortage, with people staying home more, the desire for outdoor living spaces, home offices and general home improvement projects are on a lot of people’s minds. Throughout the U.S. and Canada, the lumber mills and building material manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for home construction products. As usual, when supply becomes low, pricing goes up. This is especially true on DIY products such as fencing, decking and pressure treated lumber. We are also hearing from consumers outside the Pacific Northwest, that Western Red Cedar products are very scarce, with no clear projections on when they will be available. We understand that this has created an unusual situation, and it can be frustrating when consumers are not able to secure the products they need, and/or at the prices they may have budgeted for. At this time, we expect prices to remain high through the end of 2020, but expect supply and trucking issues to improve.
Over the years, we have developed deep relationships with lumber mills specializing in Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir building material production, so we have many sources we can pull from to help you get the products you want and need, as timely as possible, at absolutely the best prices we can offer. Rest assured, our team of professionals are doing their very best to support you and provide quotes, fill orders and get them out to the job site to help keep your project on schedule, to the absolute best of our ability. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work though this together.
Historically used to side barns and other outbuildings, Board and Batten is a popular siding choice when a classic “farmhouse” look is desired. Created by installing narrow boards over wider boards to create a layered effect, Board and Batten siding can be created with endless combinations of board widths.
craftsmanship by Keystone Building Services of Anacortes, WA
The cost of Board and Batten (also called board and batt) siding can vary a great deal depending on the materials chosen. The most frequent size of boards chosen for Western Red Cedar Board and Batten siding are 1×10” or 1×12” boards combined with 1×3” battens. When a rustic look is desired, Knotty, unseasoned boards are often used, which can be a real money saver over using clear Western Red Cedar. Unless there is a desire to finish the siding right away, using “unseasoned” or “green” boards and allowing them to weather in place will also be less expensive than using kiln dried boards.
craftsmanship by Keystone Building Services of Anacortes, WA
If the siding is to be stained or painted right away, using air dried or kiln dried boards in either knotty or clear grades are recommended. If desired, we can arrange to have your Western Red Cedar pre-stained or pre-primed with almost any product available on the market. Your siding will arrive on the job site ready to install.
When installing your Board and Batten siding, boards that are 6” wide or more should be fixed with one nail through the center of the board. For wider boards, it is recommended that two nails are used to attach the boards with the nails spaced 2-1/2” to 3” apart. Corrosive resistant, ring shank nails are recommended for installing Western Red Cedar. If installing your Board and Batten vertically or diagonally, it is important that furring strips are installed to attach the boards to.
installation graphic provided courtesy of the WRCLA
To save time and money, especially on installation, some folks opt to have False Board and Batten siding, which is created by installing sheets of plywood, then attaching battens every 10 – 12”, while also covering the seams between the sheets of plywood. This is a popular way of creating Board and Batt for interiors.
Our team of Cedar experts is here to help you achieve the look of your dreams on the exterior of your home, so before your next project, be sure to visit us!
Local delivery services available and we also ship our products nationwide!
As a warm and healthy alternative to drywall, Shiplap by Woodtone™ Interior Paneling is 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 unique design of the product 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 exterior of the new sun room 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!
Budget friendly and naturally beautiful, bevel siding is the most widely-used Western Red Cedar siding profiles. It is produced by re-sawing lumber at an angle to produce two pieces thicker on one edge than the other.
Knotty Western Red Cedar bevel siding has a rustic and warm appeal that is the less expensive than clear grades. When properly finished and maintained, your knotty Cedar bevel siding will perform admirably for many years.
At Cedar Country, we only supply knotty beveled siding that is has sound and tight knots, such as the siding used on the newly remodeled Railroad Pub and Pizza. Prior to installation, we had the knotty bevel siding for the Railroad Pub and Pizza factory flood coated with a high-quality penetrating oil. This not only saves money and time on the job site, it also helps to protect your siding before and during installation. Read more about the benefits of having your siding pre-stained by clicking HERE
Available in 8-20’ even lengths, our natural knotty Western Red Cedar cladding is available in the following dimensions
11/16” x 6”
11/16” x 8”
11/16” x 10”
7/8” x 10”
5/4” x 10”
5/4” x 12”
Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We ship to homeowners and contractors nationwide!
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 patterns to maintain 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we come and go in our busy daily lives, we often stop seeing our surroundings through other’s eyes. A neglected front porch that accumulates miscellaneous odds and ends may not seem like a big deal, but to a new visitor or potential buyer it can be a real turn off. Even on a budget, some small touches, such as a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint on the front door, can really boost a first impression. And, with the addition of a few furnishings, your porch can add real value; creating a welcoming transitional space between the outdoors and indoors.
Even a small porch can be made to feel welcoming by updating the light fixture, adding a fun little sign, and a well placed chair, as seen in this picture.
After a good freshening up, consider the size of your porch and your home’s architectural details. You want to make sure people can easily access the steps and front door and not feel crowded with too much furniture or accessories. You will also want to create a style that compliments the exterior of the home, as well as reflects the personality of the home’s interior.
For those lucky enough to have a big front porch, making it into additional usable living space can be a challenge. For years, the porch at our house was left totally blank, other than a seasonal wreath on the door and a welcome mat. I had this idea in my head that it needed to be accessorized with beautiful rocking chairs, wicker love seats and tables, fantastic carpets, lush ferns and gorgeous potted plants just like in the magazines. I wanted it all, but wasn’t ready to pay the $2,000+ to create that style. Finally, I began to look at items I already owned and scoured second hand stores to find items in my budget that would turn my porch from a boring entry to a bonus living area for our home. Now, our front porch has become my favorite room and I look forward to freshening it up each season by changing the plants and other accessories.
A customer of ours in Florida sent us this picture to let us know how amazing the
custom stained Western Red Cedar Shingles we provided look on her home (p.s. we love
customer photos!). I adore the sweet style she created on her porch with the vintage day bed and loads of pillows. She lives close to the ocean, so the simple addition of some “beachy” accessories completes this outdoor space perfectly. Note how the color palette of accessories complements the shingles, which we custom coated with a semi-transparent stain called Water Lily. So inviting!
So, when you go home tonight, take a good, hard look at your entry and begin to think of items you already own that you might be able to add to bring a little personality and style to your front porch. Scour garage sales or thrift stores for a fun piece of furniture and maybe add a fresh coat of paint to the piece to bring additional color to your porch. Next, add some softness with pillows, candles (I buy the inexpensive ones at the Dollar Store), seasonal flowers and accessories.
One of the most defining elements to any home is the exterior siding. With so many choices of materials to choose from, it can be difficult to make a decision. However, nothing can compare with the real warmth and beauty that natural wood provides. It is readily available, easy to work with and is one of the most Eco-Friendly building products available; and with proper care and maintenance, will provide many years of service.
Following are a few of the most popular styles of wood siding that are available in Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar or most any other durable hard or softwood. Some are readily available, especially in Western Red Cedar, while others would need to be milled, which is one of our specialties.
To save you money and precious time on the job site, we can arrange to have your siding package pre-stained with a factory flood coat of most any solid, semi-sold or transparent stain of your choice. If you prefer to add color to your exterior siding with paint, Pre-Priming can be done on most any siding package. By having your priming or pre-stain performed at the factory, all four sides of your siding will receive an nice even coat in a temperature controlled environment, free of dirt and debris.
BEVELED (also commonly referred to as Clapboard) SIDING
Economical and beautiful, bevel siding is the most widely-used Western Red Cedar siding type. It is produced by re-sawing lumber at an angle to produce two pieces thicker on one edge than the other. Depending on customer preference, it is provided with either a smooth or textured face in both clear and knotty grades.
Bevel siding is installed horizontally to provide a shadow line which varies with the thickness of siding selected.
Available in many widths and thicknesses, this is just one of the many choices of Beveled Siding
Available in lengths up to 20 feet, Clear, Finger-Jointed Bevel Western Red Cedar Siding is an attractive and very cost effective choice when paint will be applied; providing all the performance and beauty of premium cedar siding.
Another interesting type of bevel siding is Skirl or “wavy” siding. Perfect for a rustic look.
BOARD AND BATTEN
Board-and-batten siding is created when wide clear or knotty Western Red Cedar (or other material) boards are installed vertically with narrower boards, called battens, installed vertically over the joints. There are endless combinations of board widths that can be used to create this classic siding pattern suitable for large or small scale applications; the most frequent being 1×3” battens with 1×10” or 1×12” boards. Additionally, the installation of the boards can be reversed with the wider boards installed over the battens to create a deep channel effect.
Classic Western Red Cedar Board and Bat Siding
A real cost saver when using this siding choice can be achieved by using “green” or unseasoned Western Red Cedar.
TONGUE AND GROOVE SIDING
Tongue and groove siding, 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 on the next board. By far the most versatile siding option, Western Red Cedar Tongue & Groove siding can be installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally. It is available with rough or smooth faces in various widths and thicknesses, as well as grades and patterns, including ones that when installed create a slight groove between the two pieces.
There are many readily available styles “off the shelf” in Western Red Cedar, and there is also the possibility of creating endless custom patterns in both Western Red and Alaskan Yellow Cedar, as well as other woods including Mahogany and other hardwoods such as Ipe.
Clear, Western Red Cedar Ship Lap and Channel siding are manufactured to order, as well Ship Lap in Channel patterns in Alaskan Yellow Cedar and other exotic and domestic soft and hardwoods.
LOG CABIN SIDING
A perfect complement to your rustic home at a fraction of the price of building a log cabin, as the whole log is not used. This siding is manufactured with a flat back that makes installation over traditional structures easy and cost effective with beautiful results. Log sidings are available in different sizes, in both Western Red Cedar and Spruce.
SHIP LAP and CHANNEL PATTERNS
Lap siding, available in many width and thicknesses, is manufactured to have grooves on both sides that allow the boards to be installed over each other to create a waterproof barrier. Lap siding expands and contracts with changes in temperature without cracking or buckling, which makes it a very desirable siding choice in colder climates.
Channel siding is a popular type of lap siding that has a ½” overlap and a 1” to 1-1/4” reveal. that when installed creates a channel between the boards. Normally supplied in
unseasoned, Western Red Cedar knotty grades, this product is commonly used when a rustic appearance is desired.
Because of the overlapping properties (one end of the board has a recessed area along its rear which receives the shaped top-rear end of the board next to it) it provides excellent weather protection while allowing for dimensional movement when installed vertically. However, it may also be installed horizontally or diagonally.
Clear, Western Red Cedar Ship Lap and Channel siding are manufactured to order, as well Ship Lap in Channel patterns in Alaskan Yellow Cedar and other exotic and domestic hard and softwoods.
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