Western Red Cedar Timber


Thuja plicata.

One of the world’s most unique softwood species, Western Red Cedar wood is renowned for its exceptional natural beauty and durability. It works well indoors or outside to achieve an array of effects from natural or rustic to contemporary and stylish.

The species grows on the western edge of the coastal mountains from Southern Alaska to Northern California.


Due to its versatility, Western Red Cedar timber is the timber of choice for many Australian architects and is widely used in both residential and commercial builds.

Applications include external cladding, internal panelling, screening, windows, doors, fencing, pergolas and timber joinery.

Physical properties and benefits

Western Red Cedar timber has rich tones ranging from mellow ambers to reddish cinnamons and sienna browns, with a texture that’s uniform and fine-grained. It combines a stunning look with proven, lasting performance.

The species has naturally occurring preservatives that give it an inbuilt resistance to termites, moisture and decay.

Western Red Cedar timber has an outstanding ability to withstand Australia’s harsh climatic conditions due to its natural durability and suspension capability. It is not prone to shrinkage or swelling and will endure the test of time.

Durable, yet soft, Western Red Cedar has a good workability. It cuts, machines, glues, nails and screws well and can also be painted, stained and polished.

Western Red Cedar cladding outperforms other timber species as well as brick, concrete and steel. It is cooler in summer, provides insulation in winter, delivers impressive acoustic properties and confines noise.

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External Timber Cladding