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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Customer Testimonial – Kris Mills

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Happy Easter!

We’re running a drawing on our Facebook page for a Cedar Creek Lumber hat!  All you have to do is “like” your favorite Easter Cash photo to be entered to win.  To view the photos and pick your favorite, please click HERE (you will need to sign into Facebook)

So far, this one has the most “likes”

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Be sure to “like” our Facebook Page, too!

The winner will be picked at random on Tuesday, April 7th and will get to pick one of these hats!

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Why Buy Your Pressure Treated Materials from Us?

Building a quality project starts from the ground up.  That’s why we only purchase the best quality Pressure Treated products approved for ground contact with good quality retention ratings.


What does this mean? installing ipe decking over pressure treated stringers

Like any product, there are various ways it is manufactured with different quality standards.   And while you may find Pressure Treated products for less money at mass retailers or other lumber yards; be sure when comparing pricing, you also compare quality.



Retention level refers to the amount of preservative that remains in the wood after the treatment process is complete. It is measured on a weight basis and is typically expressed as pounds of preservative per cubic foot (pcf) of wood.  There are a number of typical retention levels available. Generally, the harsher the condition the wood is exposed to, the higher the retention level must be.


There are many types of Pressure Treatments, however the three types traditionally we provide for our customers are:

ACQ ~ ACQ stands for Alkaline Copper Quaternary. The ACQ preservative system is based on the well-established effectiveness of copper combined with a co-biocide.  ACQ Pressure Treated products are usually used for sill plates, patios, deck substructures, fence posts and landscaping structures.  The minimum retention level for ACQ Treated Wood for ground contact purposes is 0.40 pcf.

ACQ Treated Wood is generally backed with Limited Warranty by the manufacturer against structural damage caused by decay and termites.  ACQ Treated Wood meets American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standards as well as all major model building code requirements. ACQ Treated Wood is also approved by the NAHB Research Center and certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) as environmentally preferable. Approved products are now eligible to receive points towards a building being certified under the National Green Building Standard.


CA-C  ~ CA-C stands for Copper Azole, type C. Copper Azole preservative renders wood useless as a food source for termites and fungi. CA-C incorporates a combination of synergistic azoles; the type C formulation is the most advanced version available commercially. Common uses for CA-C for ground contact applications include:  poles and posts, wood foundations, utility poles and guardrails.  The minimum retention for level for CA-C treated wood is 0.14 pcf.

CA-C Treated Wood meets requirements of model building codes for many applications; it is also listed in the standards of the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA). In addition, a code evaluation report (ICC-ESR-1721) has been issued for this product.  Generally, a limited warranty against rot and insect damage is provided by the manufacturer.


CCA – CCA stands for Chromated Copper Arsenate. CCA is a chemical wood preservative containing chromium, copper, and arsenic. CCA is used in Pressure Treated wood to protect it from rotting due to insects and microbial agents. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified CCA as a restricted use product for industrial and agricultural applications only.  It is not approved for residential uses.

pressure treated lumber

Special considerations and caution should be taken when using any lumber that has been treated with a preservative.  It should not be used in any circumstance where it may come into contact with drinking water or where the preservatives could come in contact with food, animal feed or beehives.

When working with Pressure Treated materials, gloves should be worn.  In the event direct contact is made, all exposed skin should be washed thoroughly.  During cutting, it is advised that you wear a dust mask and goggles.  Never burn preserved wood.

Because of the corrosive nature of all types of Pressure Treating, high quality corrosion-resistant nails, screws, fasteners and hardware must be used.

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How to Style Your Front Porch

Even a small porch can be made to feel welcoming by updating the light fixture and adding a well placed chair as seen in this picture

Even a small porch can be made to feel welcoming by updating the light fixture, adding a fun little sign and a well placed chair, as seen in this picture

-by Kym Kelly

As we come and go in our busy daily lives, we often stop seeing our surroundings through other’s eyes.  A neglected front porch that accumulates miscellaneous odds and ends may not seem like a big deal, but to a new visitor or potential buyer it can be a real turn off.  Even on a budget, some small touches, such as a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint on the front door, can really boost a first impression.  And, with the addition of a few furnishings, your porch can add real value; creating a welcoming transitional space between the outdoors and indoors.

After a good freshening up, consider the size of your porch and your home’s architectural details.  You want to make sure people can easily access the steps and front door and not feel crowded with too much furniture or accessories.  You will also want to create a style that compliments the exterior of the home, as well as reflects the personality of the home’s interior.

For those lucky enough to have a big front porch, making it into additional useable living space can be a challenge.   For years, the porch at our house was left totally blank, other than a seasonal wreath on the door and a welcome mat.  I had this idea in my head that it needed to be accessorized with beautiful rocking chairs, wicker love seats and tables, fantastic carpets, lush ferns and gorgeous potted plants just like in the magazines.  I wanted it all, but wasn’t ready to pay the $2,000+ to create that style.

Finally, I began to look at items I already owned and scoured second hand stores to find items in my budget that would turn my porch from a boring entry to a bonus living area for our home.  Now, our front porch has become my favorite room and I look forward to freshening it up each season by changing the plants and other accessories.

how to style your front porch

Recently, a customer of ours in Florida sent us this picture to let us know how amazing the custom stained Western Red Cedar Shingles we provided look on her home (p.s. we love customer photos!).  I adore the sweet style she created on her porch with the vintage day bed and loads of pillows.  She lives close to the ocean, so the simple addition of some “beachy” accessories completes this outdoor space perfectly.

Note how the color palette of accessories complements the shingles, which we custom coated with a semi-transparent stain called Water Lily.  So inviting!

styled front porch with western red cedar shingle siding

So, when you go home tonight, take a good, hard look at your entry and begin to think of items you already own that you might be able to add to bring a little personality and style to your front porch. Scour garage sales or thrift stores for a fun piece of furniture and maybe add a fresh coat of paint to the piece to bring additional color to your porch. Next, add some softness with pillows, candles (I buy the inexpensive ones at the Dollar Store), seasonal flowers and accessories.  A well styled porch welcomes you home every day.


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Western Red Cedar – The Environmentally Sound Choice!


As consumers are becoming more and more aware of their environmental footprint, their decision making process in building materials is changing.  Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to determine a particular product’s total environmental impact.

While many building products tout that they are made from recycled materials or are “green” in some way, there are many things to consider when selecting a product.  One must consider the energy used to manufacture it, the emissions that are created during the manufacturing process, as well as how the product will be disposed when its life cycle is complete.

High on the scale of “green” building products available, Western Red Cedar is one of the most versatile. It is used in a wide variety of residential and commercial building projects both inside and out.  Western Red Cedar is available in stress grades for construction, as well as finishing grades in wide variety of lengths, widths, thicknesses and textures.  It has high insulation values, looks amazing and is harvested from the world’s most sustainably managed forests.  And, when its life cycle is complete, it can be recycled and is 100% biodegradable.

In a 2007 study conducted by Forintek, Canada’s leading forest products research organization, Western Red Cedar decking and siding out performed man-made materials, used less energy overall and had a lower impact on the environment including global warming potential, acidification potential, ozone depletion and human particulate (respiratory) effects.  The only criteria in which it was not a leader, was on cedar siding.  But, that finding can be traced directly back to the use of paint on the siding, not the natural characteristics of Western Red Cedar itself.  Therefore, the consumer would have the ability to improve this rating positively by the choice they make in their paint or stain.

In North America, there are many examples of historic buildings that Western Red Cedar has performed beautifully for hundreds of years and there are also many new buildings that have used reclaimed Western Red Cedar from old buildings. Additionally, when Western Red Cedar trees are harvested, those trees are  promptly replanted.  For every three trees harvested, eight are planted in British Columbia.  While other products increase greenhouse gases, these new cedar trees actually improve the environment; more trees mean more oxygen.

So, when selecting building materials to use in your next project, be sure to choose Western Red Cedar.

western red cedar siding is a good choice for the environment

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For more information on Western Red Cedar’s sustainability and life cycle assessment studies, please visit:

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

Environmental Building News

Canadian Wood Council

U.S. Green Building Council

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Customer Review: Blackwood Brothers Construction

We received a very nice e-mail over the weekend from our new customer, Tom at Blackwood Brother’s Construction.  We sincerely appreciate the time he took to give us important feed back!

Hi Tom,

Just a couple of things regarding our recent load of shingles and boards.


  1. Your driver Chad has been a good ambassador for Cedar Creek and has very willingly led the unloading.  Thanks!



  1. We aren’t the only ones in town that think your shingles are sweet, and they are.

sweet western red shingles


Nice working with you,


Tom Blackwood

Blackwood Brothers Construction

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