Ideal for high traffic applications such as decking and flooring because of its shock resistance and durability, Alaska Yellow Cedar is also a popular choice for handrails and ramps because it does not splinter. With a higher resistance to flame than other softwoods, Alaska Yellow Cedar is an excellent choice for siding in a wide variety of custom patterns, shingles, shake roofing, and paneling. Due to its high tannin content, care should be taken when selecting corrosion-resistant fasteners when installing Alaska Yellow Cedar.
Alaska Yellow Cedar is also known as Alaska Cypress or Pacific Coast Cypress, and is commonly referred to as just "Yellow Cedar". This rare and remarkably beautiful softwood is only grown in the Pacific coast region of North America but is not a true "Cedar" species. With its light yellow wood, straight and uniform grain, Alaska Yellow Cedar has been used in the boat building industry for many years because of its exceptional resistance to weather.
Due to its short growing season, Alaska Yellow Cedar is remarkably dense. It dries quickly, works easily, and performs well, either finished or unfinished, due to its natural oils that give the wood a wax-like finish.
With the same insect, rot, and decay repelling tannins and oils as Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar is heavier and denser giving it excellent strength and stability with very little shrinkage. Along with its durability, Yellow Cedar's most popular characteristic is its beautiful, pale yellow color. Left untreated, it weathers to a very attractive light silver grey.
Pink-ish or blue-ish stains that may appear on Alaskan Yellow Cedar building materials are not a wood defect or problem, but are from naturally occurring oils that come to the surface during the manufacturing process that will disappear after exposure to the sun.
We were thrilled for the recent opportunity to share with the readers of Premier Builder Magazine the pros of building with Alaska Yellow Cedar