What is Cedar and why is it a Great Building Material?

Cedar wood comes from several different trees known as cedars that grow in different parts of the world.  The most common timber imported into New Zealand is Western Red Cedar.

Cedar is a durable softwood timber which has a uniform texture, straight grain, and few knots.  It is valued for its distinctive appearance, aroma, and its natural resistance to decay. 

Cedar has a high dimensional integrity and is not prone to twisting or warping.  Typically, it does not splinter.  Filled with natural insecticides the timber is resistant to insects and timber rot.  Its light porous texture gives it a high thermal and acoustic insulating value, making it a great cladding for your home.

Cedar is a great finishing product that looks stylish and will stand the test of time when it is properly cared for. 

“A common myth is that Cedar is a ‘no maintenance’ timber which can be left to weather naturally.  The truth is that any organic substance can deteriorate over time.  The effects of the sun, wind and rain gradually deplete the natural preservatives in Cedar. Cedar, like any other material, needs maintenance to help retain its integrity and appearance.”

Cedar still needs to be maintained if it is going to look good and add value to your property.

Cedar Doctor NZ are the specialists when it comes to caring for Cedar clad properties and look forward to the opportunity to discuss the options for your home.

If you are not sure about any of these matters, contact us for some advice.

Learn more about what you can do to maintain the Cedar on your home by reading our article What You Need to Know about Caring for the Cedar on Your New Home.

Learn more about Recommended Cedar Treatments and The 3 Best things you can do for your Cedar.

This information has been prepared for you by Cedar Doctor NZ who have specialised in caring for Cedar on residential and commercial properties since 2005. 

If you need more information, or would like a no obligation assessment and quote for any maintenance that may be required on your home, please call us on 0800 888 091 or book a visit.  Don’t forget to ask about our maintenance program.

The information presented here is general in nature.  Since it does not take into account your unique circumstances, it may not be suitable to your needs.  We encourage you to contact us for specific advice before taking action.