Natural Cedar Fencing

*NEW* Western Red Cedar

Why choose Western Red Cedar?

  • Red cedar has always typically been almost twice the cost as white cedar, however because we have started buying in such large quantities, we are able to provide this great wood for a cost very close to typical white cedar.
  • Western Red Cedar is a light weight wood which causes less stress on the posts and framework, resulting in a longer lasting fence.
  • The natural decay resistance of Western Red Cedar comes from the chemical components (thujaplicins) found within its heartwood.
  • The natural water repellency and lubricity of Western Red Cedar comes from a variety of phenolic compounds found within the cedar.
  • Moisture and humidity fluctuations, caused by the changing weather and seasons, result in the shrinking and swelling of the wood. As deeper splits develop from this stress the wood will tend to warp, cup, curl, split and check at an accelerated rate.
  • The specific gravity of White Cedar (SG) is 0.31, versus 0.47 for Red. Strength is 45,000 psi for White versus 61,000 for Red.
  • The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association estimates that 3 trees are planted for every one that is harvested on an annual basis.  In short, the supply of this remarkable tree is safeguarded for centuries to come.


Northern White Cedar

  • Eastern White Cedar is a close relative of Western red cedar, genetically speaking. However, the white cedar tree is much smaller and so the lumber is quite knotty, compared to the clearer lumber of red cedar. The wood is a lighter weight (21 lbs per cu ft or 335 kg/cu m) and so is weaker than red cedar by a considerable amount. The grain is straight; shrinkage is low; splitting is easy. Decay resistance is very high.
  • The specific gravity of White Cedar (SG) is 0.31, versus 0.47 for Red. Strength is 45,000 psi for White versus 61,000 for Red.


Inferior Products Used by Some Fence Companies

  • Pine - Treated and untreated. Pine is not a dimensional stable board and will warp. Additionally, pine does not have the decay resistance compounds that western red cedar does. Used by other fence companies because of it's low cost. The chemical in treated pine, while not being environmentally friendly, has been known to eat through nails within a 3-4 year span, thus creating significant warranty issues.
  • Chinese Cedar/Fir - not a cedar, probably a fir. Imported from China, just recently into the U.S. in the last 4-5 years. The Chinese attempted to import this product into New Zealand and Australia in the last 20 years. Both times, this product failed the test of time. Also used by other fence companies because of it's low cost. Dimensional stability and decay resistance are inferior to western red cedar.
  • Eastern Red Cedar - is not a true cedar. It is a juniper and the most widely distributed native conifer in the Eastern United States. It is found in every state east of the 100th meridian (i.e. east of central Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming). Dimensional stability and decay resistance are inferior to western red cedar.


Staining

  • All of our fences can be stained at the shop with the color of your choice by our own professional painter. We use a 3 part process that consists of a coat of Cabots primer, a finnishing coat, and then an on-site touch up after installation.
 
 
 

 

Pittsfield Location

Hours: Mon-Fri 8-4

1625 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Phone: 413-443-4515
Fax: 413-447-9984

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Sheffield Location | Retail Store and Outdoor Showroom

Falls Hours: By appointment


560 South Main Street (Route 7)
Sheffield, MA 01257

Phone: 413-229-9900
Fax: 413-229-9990

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