General Guidelines for Installing Western Red Cedar Siding

Like all natural materials, Western Red Cedar responds to the environment; Cedar siding can swell or shrink to reach equilibrium with the moisture content of the surrounding air.  By acclimating your siding prior to installation it will help reduce movement later on.

Kiln Dried Clears have been dried at the mill and are the most “ready to use” of all Western Red Cedar siding products.  It may be installed upon arrival, except in very hot and dry environments (allow 3 to 5 days for acclimation) or if it has been wetted.   If wet, it should be separated and allowed to dry completely before installation.

Dry Knotty Sidings should be allowed to acclimate for 7 to 10 days prior to installation. In damp or high humidity environments, more time may be required for acclimation.  Stack the siding on evenly spaced vertically aligned “stickers” in a dry storage area, off the ground and under cover.  Air should be circulating all around the pieces.

Unseasoned or “green” sidings have not been dried to prior to delivery and require much longer to acclimate to their surrounding environment.  Narrower widths of channel, bevel and board-and-batten sidings allow for shrinkage when supplied without prior drying.  Acclimation of green siding products can take 30 days or longer depending on the environment.  Store the stack by separating the pieces with vertically aligned stickers in a well ventilated, dry location off the ground by at least 4”.  If it is to be stored over damp ground or new concrete, place a moisture barrier under the siding.

After your Western Red Cedar Siding has acclimated, a coating of primer, stain or oil should be applied to all surfaces, including the ends, is recommended.  The type of coating will vary depending on the final finish desired.   If a solid color stain or paint will be used, an alkyd oil stain-blocking primer should be used as the first coat, applied on all four sides.  Always follow the manufactures’ recommendations to ensure the product you have selected is for use on Western Red Cedar and compatible with the intended finish coat.

To save money and time on the job site, we can arrange to have your Western Red Cedar Siding coated with a product of your choice.   With nearly every color imaginable, from clear products that allow the natural characteristics and colors of the wood show through, to semi-transparent stains that add a subtle hue, to solid color coatings; including oil based primers.

Your siding will be completely covered all four sides with a flood coat in a temperature controlled environment, free of dust and debris and back brushed to ensure even absorption and coverage.  This quality of pre-finish is impossible to duplicate using on-site installation methods.  Read more about the process HERE

custom prestaining saves time and money

Stud walls generally require no special preparation when installing horizontal siding.  The siding should be nailed into the studs at a maximum of 24 inch centers when applied over a wood based, solid sheathing.  When bevel sidings of 11/16” or thinner are applied without sheathing, 16 inch on center is recommended.  When installing vertical siding over stud walls, with or without sheathing, horizontal blockers are needed and should be spaced not exceeding 24 inch on center.

Walls made of masonry will require furring strips that are thick enough for nail penetration of 1-1/4” into sold wood with a ring shank nail.  Using rigid foam sheathing as a nailing base for Western Red Cedar Siding is generally not recommended and should only be done in compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Proper wall construction includes the use of gas permeable building paper and vapor barriers.  Always check your local code to verify all building requirements.

Western Red Cedar Siding

 

Stainless steel nails are the best choice for installing Western Red Cedar siding, especially if the siding is to be finished with transparent or semi-transparent stain.  No. 304 grade is fine for general siding applications, while No. 316 grade stainless should be used when installing near salt water.  Alternatively, hot-dipped galvanized nails that are corrosion resistant can be used.  Other types of fasteners are not recommended.

Prior to installing your Western Red Cedar Siding, make sure that corrosion-resistant flashing is properly installed to prevent moisture from entering wall and roof spaces above doors and windows, at the junctions of dormer walls and roof surfaces, and along the transition of siding materials such as cedar to brick or stucco.

Keep the lowest edge of your Western Red Cedar Siding at least 6” off the ground and treat the end grain of the bottom of vertical siding with a water repellent preservative or primer.   Caulking is to be used where the ends of your siding contact vertical openings or trim.  Use only non-hardening caulks such as plyurethane, polysulfide, tepolymer rubber, acrylic or acrylic-silicone. Always follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

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Golden Balau Hardwood Decking

Sourced only from countries that are leaders in ecological, sustainable forestry practices, our Golden Balau Hardwood Decking is a dense, exotic hardwood known for its strength and durability.  Similar to teak in color, this 5/4×6″ will perform admirably for years, even in wet climates.  It is naturally resistant to insect, decay and fire.

To maintain the beautiful color of this yellow-brown decking, we recommended finishing it with penetrating oil specifically formulated for use on hardwoods, such as Penofin Hardwood wood stain.  This unique formula penetrates deep into the wood fibers and does not create a surface film.  This allows the wood to breathe, as well as  stabilize it.  We recommend coating all four sides prior to installation.

golden balau hardwood decking

Alternatively, the Golden Balau can be left to weather to a lovely grey patina with no ill effects.

All this at pricing similar to clear grade softwoods and composite decking!

In stock and ready to deliver!

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Giant Jenga – Up for Raffle!

There are two awesome opportunities coming up for you to bid on and take home a Cedar Creek Lumber Giant Jenga Set!

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Friday, July 24  ~  28th Annual EDASC Golf Tournament and Beer, Wine & Spirits Festival

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Friday, July 31  ~  SICBA Golf Tournament

Skagit Island Counties Builders Association

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Made from our top quality Cedar, these sets are lightweight, durable and will provide hours of outdoor fun!  Learn how to make your own by clicking HERE

outdoor jenga set makes a great gift

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Sante Fe Opera House

Super excited to be a part of the recent project at the Sante Fe Opera House.  We supplied the Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar in record time to meet the tight deadline to get the 2015 opera season started!

Enjoy the photos!

The Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar before we crated it for shipment New Mexico

The Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar before we crated it for shipment New Mexico

The Cedar is packaged for shipment to the Opera House

The Cedar is packaged for shipment to the Opera House

Our Cedar arrived on the job site quickly and in perfect condition

Our Cedar arrived on the job site quickly and in perfect condition

The Clear, Vertical Grain Cedar is being installed

The Clear, Vertical Grain Cedar is being installed

The Cedar timber framing is completed

The Cedar timber framing is completed

Beautifully completed project highlights the Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar Timbers

Beautifully completed project highlights the Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar Timbers

Another view of the stunning Cedar Timber Framing at the Sante Fe Opera House

Another view of the stunning Cedar Timber Framing at the Sante Fe Opera House

 

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Custom Crucifix for Our Lady Queen of Martyrs R.C. Church – Centerport, NY

We were quite honored to be chosen to provide custom cut Western Red Cedar timbers for the new crucifix at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Centerpoint, NY.   The two 8×12″ timbers were shipped via common carrier for assembly into the crucifix.

Last week, we received pictures of the project, as well as this heartfelt note from Father John

“Tom,

Great stories with the cross – the man who put it together, master carpenter builds high end houses said it is the most meaningful thing he has ever done!! So many working on it – hope the pictures capture the meaning.” Father John

 

Western Red Cedar Timbers for a crucifix

 

Western Red Cedar Cross

 

Western Red Cedar Crucifix at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs on Long Island, NY

 

Read the history of the cross and the job process in the church’s bulletin by clicking HERE

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WWIA – Camp Stillwater 4th Annual Salmon Feed & Auction

Great event to help support our Wounded Warriors!  There will be a Giant Cedar Creek Lumber Jenga set available for bid!

Wounded Warriors In action

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Deck Installation Tips

If you haven’t already, please be sure to visit our blog Tips for Designing your Dream Deck.   Once you have determined the deck you want to build, here are some tips to help you get closer to having the deck of your dreams!

#1 – Before You Do ANYTHING else, contact your local Building Department to discuss what permitting is required and what you will need to do in order to obtain a permit, such as drawings, fees, etc.  Next, contact your utility companies to ensure no lines will be disturbed or disrupted.

deck glossary

 

Figuring Your Materials

After you determined your joist spacing and size, deck height and footing requirements, put your framing package list together.   Be sure to include a count of corrosion resistant fasteners including all the joist hangers, post bases, post to beam to connectors, as well as any flashing that is need.   All deck framing should be Ground Contact Pressure Treated material with a minimum ACQ rating 0.40 pcf.

Decking needed per 100 square feet (includes 5% waste)

  • 4” product – 320 lineal feet
  • 6” product – 210 lineal feet

Determining the correct number of fasteners will vary based on the decking selected as well as the joist spacing.  When face screwing (or nailing) a 6” product down on framing that is 16” on center, you will need approximately 350 screws per 100 square feet, and approximately 480 screws per 100 square feet with the same 16” on center joist framing for 4” material, when using two screws per joist.  For other types of fasteners, refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

If you have selected to use Western Red Cedar as your decking, now is the right time to determine what product you will use to help protect the wood.  We recommend using good quality penetrating oil product with mold and mildew inhibitors, as well as UV protection, such as Penofin.  This should be applied to all four sides of the product prior to installation for optimum results.

If you have selected an exotic hardwood, such as Red Batu “Mahogany” or Ipe, you can either choose to apply a penetrating oil to the wood to help it maintain its beautiful coloring at installation (all four sides is recommended), or if you wish for it to simply weather to a beautiful silvery – grey, skip this step.

 

Other Items Needed

  • Chalk Line
  • Circular Saw
  • Concrete
  • Hammer
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Drill and Bits
  • Dust Mask
  • Extension Cord
  • Framing Square
  • Gloves
  • Hearing Protection
  • Hand Saw
  • Hoe & Hose (to mix concrete)
  • Ladder
  • Level
  • Nail Set
  • Pencil
  • Pick
  • Plumb Bob
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Ruler
  • Safety Glasses
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shims
  • Shovel
  • Socket Wrench
  • String
  • Tape Measure
  • Tool Belt
  • Wheelbarrow

 

Getting Ready To Build

Once your materials have arrived on the job site, keep them covered when not in use to keep them clean, as well as to prevent twisting and warping, especially when it is hot or under direct sunlight.

Framing Tips

When framing your new deck be sure to allow for proper water drainage.  A deck should angle away from the structure a minimum of 1/8” for every 8 feet to reduce the possibility of standing water.   In general, a deck should be installed 18” off the ground for proper air flow (or as specified by the decking manufacturer) to provide adequate ventilation to minimize cupping and warping of the deck top.

It is advised to wear gloves while handling Pressure Treated Materials and to always use ear and eye protection when sawing, drilling or cutting wood.  Left over scraps of Pressure Treated materials should be disposed of properly.  Never burn them.

Install the ledger to the house. This will provide stability of the deck.  Use string to find your footings and to ensure your deck is square.  Remove the sod and dig your footings for the posts.  Post holes should be at least 24” deep or up to 4’ deep depending on the frost line in your area, as well as the height of the column.

Install your perimeter posts, then attach your beams to your posts.  Attach braces to any posts over 5’ high.  Next lay out your joists and install them using either joist hangers or by toe nailing.  Add blocking.

installing decking

Decking Tips

When installing the deck top, be sure to allow for adequate gaps between boards.  This allows ventilation, as well as room for water to drain away.  Inadequate gap space between boards puts additional strain on the fasteners and can cause broken screws or nail pops.  Avoid overdriving any fasteners.

When face screwing any hardwood decking, pre-drilling is recommended; as well as when screwing or nailing close to the edge of any wood board to minimize splitting.

Allow small gaps between butt joints to allow the material to expand and contract during weather changes.

Measure once, cut twice!

Both Timbertech and Azek offer a wonderful gallery of FREE plans, as well as materials calculators to help you customize and design your perfect deck.  Here are a couple of sample plans.  For more ideas and please visit Timbertech HERE and Azek HERE.

Free Deck Plans – TimberTech

Azek Deck Designs

Timbertech Decking Installation

Our team of experts are also available to assist you with questions regarding product selection as well as creating a materials list.  Not a do-it-yourselfer?  Visit our directory for a list of Contractors.

 

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Choosing the Right Fasteners for Your Job

One of the most important, and often overlooked, elements to building a quality project is selecting the correct fasteners for the job.  All fastening products are designed and tested for particular applications and environments for optimum performance.  Proper product installation requires the end user to pay close attention to all instructions provided the manufacturer.  Failure to do so may result in failure of the product, as well void any warranties.

Fasteners should be selected based on the environment, as well as Western Red Cedar Gate and Arborby size, length, thread, head, coating, material and point.  It is especially important to not exceed a manufacturer’s published load.  Doing so can jeopardize the connection.  A fastener that splits the wood will not carry a published load, so, if this a problem, consider pre-drilling.

All carbon steel based fasteners have the potential to corrode and rust.  Careful consideration must be made when to select corrosion resistant fasteners when necessary.

Generally speaking, corrosion resistant fasteners should be used when there may be exposure to condensation or other sources of moisture, as well when the fasteners will be exposed to fumes, fertilizers, soil, pressure treated wood, acid rain, or other corrosive materials or wood, including Western Red Cedar.

Corrosion Resistance Recommendations

  • Low – Phosphate (grey, black), Clear (bright) Zinc, Heavy Electro-galvanized, Yellow Zinc, Electro coat, Type 410 Stainless Steel
  • Medium – Mechanically galvanized, Hot-dip galvanized, Double Barrier Coating
  • High – 304 or 305 Stainless Steel
  • Severe – Type 316 Stainless Steel

When installing Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar or other woods that may cause corrosion, we suggest using 304 or 305 Stainless Steel fasteners in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  However, if the project is near the salt water, 316 Stainless Steel is highly recommended.

Western Red Cedar Skirl Bevel

Should you have questions regarding selecting the right fasteners for your project, our team of professionals would be happy to help.  We stock a variety of screws and nails in both galvanized and 305 Stainless Steel and can easily special order items in 316 Stainless.

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