cedar country lumber of burlington, wa

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950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA
guide to finishing Western Red Cedar

Because of the natural properties of Western Red Cedar, fasteners should be corrosion resistant.  We recommend using stainless steel, aluminum or hot-dipped galvanized fasteners when installing Western Red Cedar. 


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To protect your investment and save time on the job site, we can arrange to have a factory applied finish to your Western Red Cedar.  Pre-finishing your Western Red Cedar with a quality penetrating oil helps protect the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, job site dirt pick-up, as well as staining from mildew and will help ensure your Western Red Cedar will remain beautiful for years to come.  A second field coat application is recommend after installation. When choosing a stain, be sure to look for one that is recommended for use on Western Red Cedar that penetrates deeply and contains quality water, UV and mold/mildew resistance ingredients.  By using a quality stain, the individual fibers of the wood are coated and moisture is allowed to pass in and out of the wood allowing it to breathe.  This will increase the overall performance of your Western Red Cedar, as well as help maintain its rich, beautiful colors.   It is good to note, that a stain with a small amount of pigment in it will generally provide a slightly higher level of UV protection than a "clear" or totally transparent stain.  

Western Red Cedar is a great choice for high humidity areas, such as bathrooms
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An excellent choice for decking; Western Red Cedar has strength, durability and appearance no man made products can match.  Its ability to be cut and sawn easily, as well as its capability to take nails, glues and fasteners make installation a breeze.  These qualities, along with its natural preservatives and unparalleled beauty, make Western Red Cedar a great choice for lattice, trimfencing,  arbors, pergolas, gazebos and other outdoor structures. 

The surfaces of finished Western Red Cedar decking, siding, timbers, fence and trim boards exposed outdoors inevitably become dirty and can also be discolored by water spray, mold and/or mildew. These natural elements will slowly erode the finish and require regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure superior performance and aesthetics.  The degree of maintenance and cleaning will depend on local climatic conditions, exposure to rain, snow, wind or sun, the type of finish used on the product, as well as end use.

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Western Red Cedar is light weight, easy to work with and has minimum tendency to shrink, twist, cup or check. It seasons easily and quickly and provides a superb base for stain or paint.


When properly finished and maintained, Western Red Cedar will supply you its splendor and beauty for many decades. Western Red Cedar is processed in many ways and can be used in a wide variety of applications.

Grown only in the Pacific Northwest, where Cedar Country Lumber is located, Western Red Cedar's natural resistance to moisture, decay and insect damage makes it the the ultimate choice for interior or exterior use.  

Known for its extremely fine, even grain and rich coloring; it complements any architectural style. For a casual country look, a knotty grade can add warmth and charm, where as clear grade cedar products add elegance and sophistication.  


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​Western Red Cedar owes its beauty, color and durability and resistance to decay and insects due to the presence of natural tannis.  These natural extractives may lead to discoloration on exposed surfaces.  Extractive discoloration may occur in spite of preventative steps that may be taken.  No warranty is provided on natural wood products,including Western Red Cedar,other domestic and exotic soft and hardwoods, or coatings against extractive discoloration, uneven absorption, exact color match or for any other reason.​

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When we service our out of state clients, it is necessary to calculate freight into the cost of the job.  It is important to note, that any time Western Red Cedar is shipped to locations outside of the growing region, freight is calculated into the final cost of the product, whether you are purchasing it from the source or your local retailer.

In addition to Western Red Cedar, we provide high quality Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Port Orford Cedar, Douglas Fir  as well as other domestic and exotic hard and soft woods to a large number of customers outside the Pacific Northwest who know our quality and pricing, including freight, can beat anything they can source from their local lumber dealers.  

Before your next project, be sure to give us a call!  Our team of experts are happy to help guide you through the process of selecting the right product for your project!  

WESTERN RED CEDAR BUILDING MATERIALS

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When used as interior paneling, exterior siding or roofing, Western Red Cedar provides a high degree of insulation that will help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, as well as provide an excellent natural sound barrier.  With its natural phenol preservatives, Western Red Cedar is an ideal choice for climates with high humidity and performs admirably in saunas or other high humidity areas, such as bathrooms.