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  • This exceptionally beautiful wood has natural coloring in mellow ambers, reddish cinnamons and rich sienna browns. Its warm coloring is complimented by a uniform, fine-grained texture with a satin luster. Slow growing and naturally durable, Western Red Cedar has one of the longest lifespans of any North American softwood.
  • Western Red Cedar is one of the few species of wood that are naturally at home in the outdoors. Its classification as a durable wood by building codes across North America permitsthe use of its heartwood for exterior applications without the use of preservative treatments. The heartwood contains extractives that are toxic to decay-causing fungi.
  • Western Red Cedar has flame spread and smoke development classifications that are superior to the minimums set forth by building codes. These ratings permit cedar to be used in many interior applications without the need for treatment.
  • Termite Resistance: the death rate of termites consuming Western Red Cedar varies with fiber source and the species of termites from 100% in several days to 40% in several weeks. Termites prefer food sources other than cedar, however, in the absence of alternative food sources, some termites will attack Western Red Cedar. [Citation: http://www.wrcla.org/cedar_benefits/natural_characteristics.htm]

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