Wood siding is exposed to weather constantly and the species of wood used and how it is applied has a direct effect on its longevity. As with decking, we only offer wood siding milled from species that are proven to have long life, because it makes environmental sense and we feel it’s just good business. Why sell a product that is going to last only a few years?
Great reasons to use wood siding
- Wood siding has a huge affect on the look of any structure.
- The profile or style as well as the species, grade and finish all come into play to set the exterior tone of the building.
- We can custom mill any profile or provide you with one of the more standard profiles…your choice. Just send us a drawing of the wood siding profile you want.
- We can also mill any of our siding to accommodate various rain wall clip systems.
Here are a couple of examples of siding milled from Western Red Cedar and Alaskan Yellow Cedar that have a history of durability and aesthetic appeal.
Examples of Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar (WRC) has been a mainstay for exterior applications for many years. Whether it be decking, siding or shingles WRC has proven durability and good looks. Similar to many species, where the tree grows has a major influence on the quality of wood that comes from the tree. The better grades of WRC come from the coastal regions. We source our cedar from Vancouver Island and use salvaged logs that have been left to rot in decommissioned wood cut blocks or are destined to be turned into wood chips. Western Red Cedar is available in clear or select tight knot grades.
Examples of Alaskan Yellow Cedar
Alaskan Yellow Cedar (AYC) or Cypress as it is known on the west coast of Canada is one of the slowest growing species of North American trees. The growth zone is from Washington state north into the Alaskan panhandle. Where AYC grows, e.g. altitude, coastal vs inland affects the characteristics of wood and the most prized trees grow at higher altitudes on Vancouver Island.
Commonly used for carving, (many Pacific Northwest totem poles were carved from yellow cedar), boat building, flooring, decking, siding, fencing, outdoor furniture, guitars, flutes, boxes and chests. In Japan, it is known as “Temple” wood because of the thousands of board feet used in the construction of religious temples, it’s excellent rot resistance and its ease of workability make it an excellent construction wood.
We source our yellow cedar only from recovered logs that are salvaged in areas on Vancouver Island known for superior quality. We maintain an ongoing inventory of logs that enables us to supply yellow cedar decking, siding or other products within a reasonable time line, usually 6-8 weeks. Alaskan Yellow Cedar is available in clear or select tight knot grades.