Common questions

What is VG cedar?

What is VG cedar?

Clear V.G. Heart grade is sawn vertical grain (edge grain) and is kiln dried. Pieces have a smooth face of decay-resistant heartwood and are free from growth characteristics that affect appearance or performance. Pieces have excellent dimensional stability and hold finishes exceptionally well.

Are there different grades of cedar?

First, there are two different grading systems for Cedar: Structural Grade and Appearance Grade.

How do you specify cedar?

Insist on Western Red Cedar and include its Latin name, Thuja Plicata in your specification. The exterior finish of a building is the face it presents to the world; it defines the mood and character of the structure and reflects the image desired by its designers, builders or owners.

What is #3 cedar?

#3 Cedar : This is a low grade cedar not commonly found at retailers. It can be found at wholesalers, although not typical, but it’s out there. #2 Cedar : Most abundant and most common. Lowe’s, Home Depot and most other lumberyards have plenty of this on hand.

What is C and better cedar?

Western Red Cedar C & better wood grade are high quality lumber for use where appearance is important. This wood species is lightweight, moderately soft, low in strength when used as a beam or posts, and low in shock resistance.

What is cabin grade cedar?

Cabin Grade Cedar Products (#4/Btr) The qualities that resulted in this grade designation can include loose knots, knot-holes, some splitting and checking, edge-wane in one face and dry-rot (will not propagate after tree is cut) .

Which is stronger redwood or cedar?

Redwood – with a janka rating of 450lbs – is about 23% stronger than cedar (janka rating of 350lbs). Whether or not the extra strength is necessary for your project is up to you, but clearly redwood is more durable and stable than cedar in general.

Can I use knotty cedar for sauna?

Knotty Western Red Cedar shares all the rot-resistant qualities as clear cedar. It is very commonly used for decks, fences, sheds and gazebos. It can be used for saunas.

Can cedar be used for structure?

While it’s not as sound and doesn’t have quite the load-bearing capacity as other species such as Douglas fir and hemlock, western red cedar can be used structurally. It’s naturally durable and stable, and it’s great for outdoor use.

Is Japanese cedar as good as Western Red Cedar?

Japanese Cedar- A newer product on the market in the US that shows promise as being a quality, lower cost alternative to Western Red Cedar. However, the pickets are thinner and less sturdy than Western Red Cedar, and have a tendency to split or break during installation.

What are the disadvantages of redwood?

The disadvantages to redwood are its softness which makes it prone to denting. It is also fairly expensive, especially for premium vertical grain or “All Heart” redwood. In addition, high-quality, stainless steel fasteners must be used with redwood. Otherwise you could stain the wood by using cheaper fasteners.

Does redwood turn gray?

Color Changes Due to Weathering As time goes on, this darkening may be rinsed away by rain and the redwood will weather-bleach to a soft driftwood gray. Instead, the wood will gradually turn a silvery tan, becoming lighter in color as the natural weathering continues.

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