When approaching a new construction project, one of the most important variables in ensuring a quality outcome is the wood that you use. An error in judgment at this stage of the process can affect the durability of the end product, as well as its aesthetic value. Cedarwood is often one of the best choices you can make because it is durable, aesthetically pleasing, and often aromatic.
One of the little known, yet attractive, qualities of cedarwood is its durability by virtue of being highly water-resistant. This functionality in the wood comes from the natural habitat of cedar trees, which tend to grow in damp environments. This practical element is true for many types of cedarwood. Therefore, as a craftsman, you have the ability to make appearance-based choices between different cedar woods, while maintaining practical water resistance.
As well as being less susceptible to rot and warping because of its good reaction to water, cedarwood tends to be highly insulating and soundproof. This makes cedarwood an especially great choice for any projects that will be exposed to outdoor climates, or used as a protection from outdoor conditions, such as the construction of siding or fences.
The aesthetic qualities of cedar differ based on the specific species of cedar tree the wood is harvested from. Common cedar trees include western red cedar, eastern red cedar (or aromatic cedar), and northern white cedar. The most noticeable differences between different types of cedarwood tend to be appearance and aroma, although there are functional differences between cedar types as well.
Western red cedar is a beautiful reddish color, and it is a softwood. Northern white cedar is an extremely softwood, which makes it easy to work with, but also less durable than other cedars. Eastern red cedar is one of the hardest cedars, which makes it ideal for projects that may require very strong screw holding characteristics. It is also considered one of the most durable cedar woods. All cedar woods have insect-repelling qualities, but eastern red cedar is specifically known for this property. Also, true to its other name, it is highly aromatic.
Ultimately, your choice of cedar is entirely based on your personal needs. There are variations of cedar wood that can support different needs, such as malleability and durability, as well as catering to different aesthetic preferences, which can be seen in the many different colors present in various cedar woods.
For further details, reach out to a company like Liese Lumber Co Inc.