BUFFALO LUMBER

Finding the Right wood is a love affair... Getting the Wrong wood is a nightmare!
 
It’s not just how great it will Look,
It’s making sure the Wood Species, Grade, Size, Pattern and Finish match your taste and budget

 
You will Look at it every Day
Regret or Rejoice - it’s your Choice



Buffalo Lumber Company, Inc., Lumber - Retail, Woodbury, TN

      A+  BBB Rating
 


 

Cedar Siding

Bevel Red Cedar Siding STK KD 1x8" Thin Bevel Red Cedar Siding STK - Pre-Stained
incense cedar german lap siding Incense Cedar DUTCH LAP Siding STK - Pre-stained!

 

Cedar Siding Prices


Western Red Cedar Siding & Paneling
Delivered Mill Direct To You!

Red cedar is insect and moisture resistant with exceptional resistance to decay, moderate strength, moderately soft and light in weight, completely non-resinous, works easily, takes fine finishes and has lowest shrinkage of North American Softwood species. Red Cedar is also selected for interior paneling because of its beautiful amber color and straight, even grain.
 
There are a number of Red cedar sub-species including Port Orford and Alaskan Yellow but the ones you will find most often are Western Red Cedar Siding and Inland Red Cedar. Western Red Cedar is the largest and most abundant of all red cedars. It has a strong spicy odor. Heartwood color varies from dark reddish brown to a pinkish color, Sapwood is light yellow. Milled Western red cedar boards have amber tones - toffee brown with yellow cream swirls - that are perfect for the Rustic Cabin look. Inland Red Cedar, a sub-species of Western Red Cedar, grows primarily in British Columbia, Washington and Idaho. The primary difference is the color of the board. There is less iron in the soil where these trees are grown. As a result, the color of the board is a little less "red" in nature - more creamy caramel with vanilla swirls.
 
Our Inland Red Cedar (IRC) and Western Red Cedar (WRC) Siding is available Partially Air Dried (PAD) or Kiln-Dried, unfinished or Factory Pre-Finished. Our Buffalo Lumber Red Cedar Grades include CLEARS, MILL SELECT, and CUSTOMER SELECT.

 
Western red cedar BEVEL siding Western Red Cedar CHANNEL LAP Siding - STK Grade

Cedar Prices

LAP Patterns - Priced by SQFT

ShipLap, Channel Lap, Dutch Lap (Cove Lap, German Lap) Patterns
1500 SQFT MINIMUM * Check your SQFT to LFT coverage


1 x 6" PATTERN CHOICE GRADE DRIED 1500 SQFT +FINISH +ECO-STAIN
WRCDutch, Channel, Ship Lap CUST SELECTGREEN$3.49  $3.89  $4.14
IRCDutch, Channel, Ship Lap CUST SELECTDRIED$3.69  $4.09  $4.34
WRCDutch, Channel, Ship Lap MILL SELECTDRIED$3.99  $4.39  $4.64
IRCDutch, Channel, Ship Lap NEAR CLEARDRIED$6.29  $6.69  $6.94
WRCDutch, Channel, Ship Lap CLEARDRIED $8.09 $8.49 $8.74

Information about Cedar Grades and Seasoning (DRY)


1 x 8" PATTERN CHOICE GRADE DRIED 1500 SQFT +FINISH +ECO-STAIN
WRCDutch, Channel, Ship Lap CUST SELECTGREEN$3.59  $3.99  $4.24
IRCDutch, Channel, Ship Lap CUST SELECTKILN$3.69  $4.09  $4.34
WRCDutch, Channel, Ship Lap MILL SELECTKILN$4.29  $4.69  $4.94
IRCDutch, Channel, Ship Lap NEAR CLEARKILN$6.29  $6.69  $6.94
WRCDutch, Channel, Ship Lap CLEARKILN$8.29 $8.69 $8.94

 

4 Side Factory Finish - add 40¢ per SQFT

For ECO-FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN - add 65¢ per SQFT
(not available at all mill locations)


SQFT AREAFINISH COST* ECO-STAIN COST*
1000$400 $650
1500$600 $975
2000$800 $1300

* Cost of Factory Finish Only


4 Side Factory Finish Primed or Stained One Coat
Cabot's, Sherwin Williams, Olympic standard color lines


FACTORY FINISH = PEACE OF MIND
How Much is Your Peace of Mind Worth?


FACT - To get a True Finish Cost Comparison we interviewed the owner of a professional finishing company.
 
FACT - The first thing the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association will tell you is that cedar siding needs to be sealed on all six sides prior to installation and then re coated as needed on the face for the lifetime of the wood.
 
FACT - "Before installation (job site), applying a finish to all surfaces (including ends) is recommended. Factory applied finishes are best. They ensure the best performance of the finish. The type of coating will be determined by final finish and look selected. The finish protects the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, helps prevent staining caused by mildew and extractives and will increase the service life of top coats." from WRCLA How to Install Western Red Cedar Siding


FREE or VERY REDUCED Delivery
to most places in the USA!



Cedar Siding Channel Lap STK Grade 1x8" Channel LAP Inland Red Cedar Siding - STK KD
Channel Lap Cedar Siding STD&BTR PAD 1x8" Channel Rustic WRC Siding - STD&BTR PAD

 

BEVEL Cedar Siding

Bevel Western Red Cedar Siding KD 1x8" Thin Bevel Western Red Cedar Siding STK Grade Factory Pre-Stained on Drying rack
Western red cedar BEVEL siding 1x8" Thick Bevel Western Red Cedar Siding - STK (Select Tight Knot) Grade


Western Red Cedar Bevel Prices

BEVEL Patterns Priced by SQFT

1500 SQFT MINIMUM * Check your SQFT to LFT coverage


Bevel Siding is manufactured by resawing lumber at an angle to produce two pieces thicker on one edge than the other - sometimes called CLAPBOARD siding - with a thick butt and a thin upper edge lapped to shed water. The bevel edge gives an attractive shadow line. Both faces are saw textured. Cedar BEVEL siding is recommended for horizontal applications only.
 
Traditional clapboard bevel siding retains the resawn wedge shape. Bevel Siding with a Rabbeted profile (sometimes called Dolly Varden) includes a 1/2 - 3/4" notch in the thicker butt end of the board. This rabbeted edge installs easily allowing the bevel siding panels to fit together in such a way as to protect joints from water infiltration. Minimum board overlap for Rabbeted pattern is 1/2" inch, 1" overlap for Non-Rabbeted patterns.


BEVEL THIN, BEVEL (standard), BEVEL THICK
with or without RABBETTED Profile - 1500 SQFT MINIMUM

1 x 6" PATTERN CHOICE GRADE DRIED 1500 SQFT +FINISH +ECO-STAIN
WRCBEVEL STANDARD - NO RABBET MILL SELECTKILN$3.39  $3.79  $4.04
WRCBEVEL STANDARD - RABBETTED MILL SELECTKILN$3.39  $3.79  $4.04
WRCBEVEL THIN - NO RABBET CLEARKILN$4.99  $5.39  $5.64
WRCBEVEL THIN - NO RABBET CLEAR CVGKILN$5.99  $6.39  $6.64

Cedar Grades and Seasoning (DRY)


1 x 8" PATTERN CHOICE GRADE DRIED 1500 SQFT +FINISH +ECO-STAIN
WRCBEVEL STANDARD - NO RABBET MILL SELECTKILN$3.39  $3.79  $4.04
WRCBEVEL STANDARD - RABBETTED MILL SELECTKILN$3.39  $3.79  $4.04
WRCBEVEL THICK - NO RABBET MILL SELECTAIR$3.69  $4.09  $4.34
WRCBEVEL THICK - RABBETTED MILL SELECTAIR$3.69  $4.09  $4.34
WRCBEVEL THIN - NO RABBET CLEARKILN$4.99  $5.39  $5.64
WRCBEVEL THIN - NO RABBET CLEAR CVGKILN$5.99  $6.39  $6.64

 

4 Side Factory Finish - add 40¢ per SQFT

For ECO-FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN - add 65¢ per SQFT
(not available at all mill locations)


SQFT AREAFINISH COST* ECO-STAIN COST*
1000$400 $650
1500$600 $975
2000$800 $1300

* Cost of Factory Finish Only


4 Side Factory Finish Primed or Stained One Coat
Cabot's, Sherwin Williams, Olympic standard color lines


FACTORY FINISH = PEACE OF MIND
How Much is Your Peace of Mind Worth?


FACT - To get a True Finish Cost Comparison we interviewed the owner of a professional finishing company.
 
FACT - The first thing the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association will tell you is that cedar siding needs to be sealed on all six sides prior to installation and then re coated as needed on the face for the lifetime of the wood.
 
FACT - "Before installation (job site), applying a finish to all surfaces (including ends) is recommended. Factory applied finishes are best. They ensure the best performance of the finish. The type of coating will be determined by final finish and look selected. The finish protects the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, helps prevent staining caused by mildew and extractives and will increase the service life of top coats." from WRCLA How to Install Western Red Cedar Siding


 

FREE or VERY REDUCED Delivery
to most places in the USA!



Bevel Western Red Cedar Siding PAD 1x8" Bevel Red Cedar Siding No Rabbet - STK PAD
Bevel Western Red Cedar Siding KD 1x8" Bevel Red Cedar Siding Rabbeted - STK KD

 

T&G Cedar Siding

T&G Red Cedar Paneling STK pre-finished STK 1x6" T&G Red Cedar Paneling Urethane Finish
Red Cedar Siding - CLEAR CLEAR T&G Red Cedar Siding PreStained

T&G Red Cedar Prices

T&G Patterns Priced by SQFT

1500 SQFT MINIMUM * Check your SQFT to LFT coverage
 
T&G Profile Choices - V2E, V4E, Flush Joint, Center V

1 x 6" PATTERN CHOICE GRADE DRIED 1500 SQFT +FINISH +ECO-STAIN
WRC Tongue&Groove MILL SELECTKILN$3.59 $3.99 $4.24
IRCTongue&Groove NEAR CLEARKILN$6.29 $6.69 $6.94
WRCTongue&Groove CLEAR KILN$7.29 $7.69 $7.94

Cedar Grades and Seasoning (DRY)


1 x 8" PATTERN CHOICE GRADE DRIED 1500 SQFT +FINISH +ECO-STAIN
IRCTongue&Groove CUST SELECTKILN$3.69 $4.09 $4.34
WRC Tongue&Groove MILL SELECTKILN$4.29 $4.69 $4.94
IRCTongue&Groove NEAR CLEAR KILN$6.29 $6.69 $6.94
WRCTongue&Groove CLEAR KILN$8.29 $8.69 $8.94

 

4 Side Factory Finish - add 40¢ per SQFT

For ECO-FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN - add 65¢ per SQFT
(not available at all mill locations)


SQFT AREAFINISH COST* ECO-STAIN COST*
1000$400 $650
1500$600 $975
2000$800 $1300

* Cost of Factory Finish Only


4 Side Factory Finish Primed or Stained One Coat
Cabot's, Sherwin Williams, Olympic standard color lines


FACTORY FINISH = PEACE OF MIND
How Much is Your Peace of Mind Worth?


FACT - To get a True Finish Cost Comparison we interviewed the owner of a professional finishing company.
 
FACT - The first thing the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association will tell you is that cedar siding needs to be sealed on all six sides prior to installation and then re coated as needed on the face for the lifetime of the wood.
 
FACT - "Before installation (job site), applying a finish to all surfaces (including ends) is recommended. Factory applied finishes are best. They ensure the best performance of the finish. The type of coating will be determined by final finish and look selected. The finish protects the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, helps prevent staining caused by mildew and extractives and will increase the service life of top coats." from WRCLA How to Install Western Red Cedar Siding


 

FREE or VERY REDUCED Delivery
to most places in the USA!



TNG Red Cedar Siding - #3 & BTR KD 1x6" T&G Red Cedar Siding - #3 & BTR KD

 

Haida Cedar Siding

haida red cedar siding HAIDA WRC Wavy Edge Bevel - unfinished
haida bevel siding HAIDA WRC Wavy Edge Bevel - Stained

Haida Skirl Cedar Prices

Wavy Edge BEVEL Pattern Priced by SQFT


Haida Skirl siding is a sawn textured wavy edge Bevel siding, Kiln dried to an average moisture content of 14% to ensure maximum stability in all climates. This Beautiful and Unique pattern is produced from selected Western Red Cedar with a High percentage of heartwood for added durability. Boards are individually machined to enhance its natural appearance. Each piece is carefully inspected and Knots are permi-fused where necessary to provide a 100% tight knot grade.
 
Haida Skirl siding is ideally suited to compliment the rugged beauty of a cedar shake roof, or the natural appeal of stone or brick. For more information and pictures visit our manufacturer's site Haida Forest Products.


Haida Skirl Prices

Western Red Cedar Siding Haida Thick Skirl Pattern,
STK Grade, KD (Kiln Dried), Rough Side Use


Haida Skirl SIZE CHOICE GRADE DRIED 1500 SQFT +FINISH +ECO-STAIN
WRC1x10" BEVEL THICK - WAVY MILL SELECTKILN$5.59  $5.99  $6.24
WRC1x12" BEVEL THICK - WAVY MILL SELECTKILN$5.59  $5.99  $6.24

Lengths: 3-20’ Odd & Even (Min 70% 8’ & longer, Max 12% 3-5’)
 
1500 SQFT MINIMUM * Check your SQFT to LFT coverage
Cedar Grades and Seasoning (DRY)


4 Side Factory Finish - add 40¢ per SQFT

For ECO-FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN - add 65¢ per SQFT
(not available at all mill locations)


FACTORY FINISH = PEACE OF MIND
How Much is Your Peace of Mind Worth?

SQFT AREAFINISH COST* ECO-STAIN COST*
1000$400 $650
1500$600 $975
2000$800 $1300

* Cost of Factory Finish Only


4 Side Factory Finish Primed or Stained One Coat
Cabot's, Sherwin Williams, Olympic standard color lines


FACT - To get a True Finish Cost Comparison we interviewed the owner of a professional finishing company.
 
FACT - The first thing the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association will tell you is that cedar siding needs to be sealed on all six sides prior to installation and then re coated as needed on the face for the lifetime of the wood.
 
FACT - "Before installation (job site), applying a finish to all surfaces (including ends) is recommended. Factory applied finishes are best. They ensure the best performance of the finish. The type of coating will be determined by final finish and look selected. The finish protects the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, helps prevent staining caused by mildew and extractives and will increase the service life of top coats." from WRCLA How to Install Western Red Cedar Siding


FREE or VERY REDUCED Delivery
to most places in the USA!



haida red cedar siding

Western Red Cedar Wavy Edge Bevel Siding - Haida Skirl

haida skirl cedar siding

Western Red Cedar Wavy Edge Bevel Siding



 

Cedar Log Siding

2x8 Cedar Log Siding - STK Grade Cedar Log Siding MILL SELECT - Cedar Natural Stain
2x8 Cedar Log Siding - STK Grade Cedar Log Siding MILL SELECT - Redwood Rustic stain

Cedar Log Siding Prices


Western Red Cedar Log Siding is the perfect fit for your cabin or country home. QTR Log siding allows you to integrate the rustic charm of a log home with conventional frame construction. It looks exactly like log but requires 75% less wood AND will cost you at least 50% less than actual log construction.
 
QTR Log Siding is milled from 2x8" stock into a log pattern. The lap pattern ensure tight insulation against weather and eliminates the need for chinking (sealant) between the logs. Our cedar log siding can be milled to show a "reveal" between the rounds when installed. Applying chinking to the "Log Siding with Reveal" (with chink) pattern achieves that truly rustic log cabin look.


2x8" Quarter Log Priced by SQFT

1500 SQFT ORDER MINIMUM *

2 x 8" PATTERN CHOICE GRADE DRIED 1500 SQFT +FINISH +ECO-STAIN
WRCLOG NO REVEAL (chinkless) CUST SELECTAIR$3.99  $4.49  $4.64
WRCLOG with REVEAL CUST SELECTAIR$3.99  $4.49  $4.64
WRCLOG NO REVEAL (chinkless) MILL SELECTKILN$5.79  $6.29  $6.44
WRCLOG with REVEAL MILL SELECTKILN$5.79  $6.29  $6.44

1500 SQFT MINIMUM
check your SQFT to LFT coverage
Cedar Grades and Seasoning (DRY)


Our Pre-Stained 2x8" CUSTOMER SELECT (#3 Mill Grade) Partially Air Dried (PAD) cedar is for the rustic customer looking for the cheapest way to cover their home or cabin with cedar log siding and still have something very nice to show for their money and effort. Read the story of how our Discount Cedar Log Siding Home customer in Missouri saved over $15,000 on his cedar order! And a few tips on how he planned to use every bit of that Cedar Log Siding!


4 Side Factory Finish - add 50¢ per SQFT

For ECO-FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN - add 65¢ per SQFT
(not available at all mill locations)


SQFT AREAFINISH COST* ECO-STAIN COST*
1000$500 $650
1500$750 $975
2000$1000 $1300

* Cost of Factory Finish Only


4 Side Factory Finish Primed or Stained One Coat
Cabot's, Sherwin Williams, Olympic standard color lines


FACTORY FINISH = PEACE OF MIND
How Much is Your Peace of Mind Worth?


FACT - To get a True Finish Cost Comparison we interviewed the owner of a professional finishing company.
 
FACT - The first thing the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association will tell you is that cedar siding needs to be sealed on all six sides prior to installation and then re coated as needed on the face for the lifetime of the wood.
 
FACT - "Before installation (job site), applying a finish to all surfaces (including ends) is recommended. Factory applied finishes are best. They ensure the best performance of the finish. The type of coating will be determined by final finish and look selected. The finish protects the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, helps prevent staining caused by mildew and extractives and will increase the service life of top coats." from WRCLA How to Install Western Red Cedar Siding


FREE or VERY REDUCED Delivery
to most places in the USA!



2x8 Cedar Log Siding - STK Grade 2x8 Cedar Log Siding MILL SELECT - STK Grade KD
Western Red Cedar Log Cabin Siding PAD WRC Log Siding CUST SELECT - Cedar Natural stain

Cedar Siding Grades

(The Buffalo Lumber Interpretation)

We created Buffalo Lumber's four interpreted grade categories to describe grades for different softwood species in terms a layman can understand because there are several lumber ruling bodies (WWPA, WCLIB, NLGA, NSLB, RIS, NeLMA, SPIB) and most grade descriptions read like lawyer fine print - allowing a lot of room for interpretation. What Buffalo Lumber guarantees is accurate communication of wood aspects as they relate to your project's priorities. We guarantee no surprises!

T&G inland red cedar siding unit

CUSTOMER SELECT: T&G Inland Cedar - #3&BTR Grade KD

T&G inland red cedar DeGrade unfinished

MILL SELECT: WRC Thin Bevel STK Grade KD - Prestained

T&G inland red cedar DeGrade unfinished

NEAR CLEAR: Inland Red Cedar T&G - D&BTR Mill Grade KD

T&G inland red cedar Clear Grade unfinished

CLEAR: WRC Cedar T&G - AYE&BTR Mill Grade KD


MILL SELECT vs CUSTOMER SELECT

In custom milling there are two types of mills. Stage one mills take the wood from tree to base products. Base products are turned into finished products by stage 2 mills or remanufacturing plants.
 
Standard and Better comes from a stage one mill. It is graded in large volumes by machines and is not selected by human hands. It is considered to have mostly "tight knots" but more flaws are allowed at the volume production level. The wood is then sold as blocks of wood "slats" to the remanufacturing mills. The slats are graded "Standard and Better - NPS" (No Prior Selection).
 
At this point the grade is not STK (Select Tight Knot) because no one has selected out the flaws which fall below the STK grade description. This has to be done by human graders and adds cost to the wood. In our un-official grade description we figure this NPS grade will have an occasional loose knot. From our own experience - possibly one in 4 boards - but a very low percentage of faults that would prevent board use.
 
CUSTOMER SELECT - Buffalo Grade
 
#3 or STD&BTR (Standard and Better) Mill Grades are the initial tier of appearance grade woods. The grade from which the Select Tight Knot (STK) grades are manually selected at the mill. Buffalo "Customer Select" means you the customer are selecting out defect from a higher grade. At this level the mill does not select the flaws - you do - but the grade of wood you are selecting from is higher to begin with.
 
Layman Terms- If we were talking about a 1x8" board 12' long- Customer Select would allow a knot every 6 inches no bigger than a silver dollar piece and a 50 cent piece sized loose knot every 3 or 4 boards. 80% should be usable off the top and with some creative cutting you should be able to use another 10%. The flaws that you encounter in this grade will fall within the 10% jobsite trim and waste every project should have.
 
CUSTOMER SELECT PAD (Partially Air Dried) - is our lowest cost option - see "Saving money with Green and Partially Air Dried Woods". It is for the rustic customer looking for the cheapest way to cover in cedar and still have something pretty nice. This is the grade about 70% of our homeowner customers select. We can run BEVEL, Channel Lap, Shiplap, and Dutch Lap (Cove Lap) patterns. Note that Dutch lap is a little more prone to knots blowing out of the thinnest part of the lap, usually hidden when installed.
 
CUSTOMER SELECT KD (Kiln Dried) - represents our lowest cost Kiln Dried option. It can be milled for smooth or rough use and allows a few more flaws than STK to save money yet offers the benefits of kiln drying and makes a nice product for the "Knot so picky" customer. We can run T&G, Bevel and all Lap patterns out of this grade.

Dutch Lap Siding
CUSTOMER SELECT - Dutch Lap Wood Siding


MILL SELECT - Buffalo Grade
 
#2, STK (Select Tight Knot) Mill Grades are where we get into the official Appearance grades. STK is selected by experts to make the grade rule. The mill selects out any flaws that do not meet the "Select Knotty" grade rule for that species. This process ups the price of the wood but covers Architects and Builders for code requirements. Architects and builders specifying STK start here.
 
Layman Terms- If we were talking about a 1x8" board 12' long- The MILL SELECT grades allow knots, burls and naturally occurring markings which are of fairly uniform distribution and add to the decorative character of the piece. Sound, live, small to medium tight knots (approx size of a 50 cent piece) permitted every 6 - 8 inches. There are no loose knots allowed in Select Tight Knot grades.

CLEAR Cedars

CLEAR CEDAR is the top of the line wood. This is an architect grade. This is the rarest part of the tree- the hardest to get- the best performing and the most expensive option. Your appearance and performance priorities determine your budget with clear grades.
 
NEAR CLEAR - Buffalo Grade
 
B&BTR, D&BTR Mill Grades are one off clear grade often referred to as "De Grade". It has very few, very tiny knots and a median price point for the "Knot so fond".
 
Buffalo Lumber Layman Terms- If we were talking about a 1x8" board 12' long, the higher "B" Grade Near Clears will allow no more than 3 knots per board no bigger than a quarter. The lower "D" Grade Near clears will allow no more than 4 knots per board no bigger than a quarter.
 
There is a lot of Clear in the Near Clear grades- a good trimmer can create the effect of clear and still be under 10% trim and waste (in our opinion). This is the one step down from clear some customers use to save serious bucks.
 
CLEAR - Buffalo Grade
 
AYE & BTR Mill Grade is the highest cedar price point. Most mills won't commit to a CLEAR CEDAR price for more than a few days. I am saying this game starts at $7+ per square foot depending on your order volume (October 2012). However, CLEAR is the high end look many cedar lovers are searching for.
 
Check out the unique look of the CLEAR Red Cedar Siding installed on this distinguished Pennsylvania home by one of our favorite Buffalo Lumber Builders.
 
Layman Terms- If we were talking about a 1x8" board 12' long- There should be no knots in Clear - if you find one in a set of boards it should be no bigger than the size of a pencil eraser.

Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Siding - CLEAR Grade
CLEAR T&G Red Cedar Siding PreStained


What it All comes down to ?

For the knot lovers the answer is easy - they can save money depending on how many flaws they are willing to work with. The clear cedar lovers have a problem unless they have a lot of money. The NEAR CLEAR De Grade offers a nice middle ground price point for the "Knot so Fond" of CLEAR pricing.


 

All Red Cedar Grades and WWPA Wood Siding Patterns can be quoted upon request.
Not sure of the difference between Patterns?
Check out our Favorite Patterns page.

redwood siding sap b greade 1x8" Thin Bevel Western Red Cedar Siding - STK Grade

 

Seasoning your Siding

The drying of cedar logs (seasoning) is done prior to the milling of specific siding patterns (shaping & surfacing). Even after drying, all woods do still shrink and swell to some degree as their moisture content fluctuates with your local atmospheric conditions. However, Western Red Cedar is dimensionally stable and has a very low shrinkage factor. It is superior to other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking.
 
Kiln Dried Seasoning:
Cedar logs to be Kiln Dried (KD) are placed inside a large oven where heat removes moisture from the logs much faster than mother nature. Logs are dried until the moisture content reaches the desired 12 to 19%. Kiln dried wood products are somewhat more stable than fully Air-Dried and experience less shrinkage.
 
Air Dried Seasoning:
Air dried cedar logs are stacked and sit outside in the open air to dry naturally. This process allows the moisture content of the logs to naturally come down as the timber dries until the moisture content reaches the desired level.
 
Fully Air Dried (AD) cedar logs must reduce to a moisture content of 12 to 19 percent. This process can take months to years depending on the thickness of the stock and requires space to let the timber air out.
 
Partially Air Dried (PAD) cedar logs are still considered green. Moisture content is 20% or higher. Milled Green PAD (partially air dried) is a cedar grade that is designed to ease the high cost of cedar. The risks associated with green milling are minimized by careful selection of your pattern and surfacing. Some people say you can’t use green woods. We have many happy customers who say otherwise. Here are some common sense tips for using green cedar and saving money.

Saving Money with Green and Partially Air Dried Wood

When an order is received at the mill the wood "slats" are pulled and stickered to remove surface moisture and it becomes PAD (partially air dried). Partially means there will still be some residual moisture during the milling to pattern step. This causes some limitations and certain flaws.

PAD wood should only be used rough face out because during milling the saw can bind up in the moist wood and scar the smooth side. Rough sawn is the only surfacing option sold. The saw will occasionally rip out a knot that is close to the edge during the run. This is not an allowable flaw in hand "Select" grades.

The fact is that all wood no matter how it is dried (seasoned) will expand and contract during the year due to moisture changes in the air. The thing about PAD green woods is that they are prone to changes of greater degree than fully air dried or kiln dried lumber. This means you must use patterns that allow more room for wood expansion and contraction in their design - cedar siding patterns that allow movement without compromising the overall appearance. Bevel, Channel, Ship Lap and Log Cabin patterns offer the maximum movement with the least visible change to your wall.

Get your cedar siding pre-finished. It gives added protection and makes the mill do some of the drying work for you. Before they stain the wood they stack it with sticks in between to allow airflow and dry any residual surface moisture. A 2nd benefit of factory pre-finish is that all sides of the board are coated. If the installed siding contracts with the season a seam does not appear between the boards as it would when the stain is applied after the siding is installed on your wall.

It is true there are a few more blown knots but our mills are saying less than 10% loss due to defect. Get out your saw and cut around that knot hole and save a buck or two.
 
Our Green Partially Air Dried boards have over 30% classified STK (Select Tite Knot) with some boards containing knots that are larger in diameter (the size of a quarter) than the STK grade allows. This means that you will have some big knots and some little knots (and a few loose knots) but it will go up on the wall and work for you.

If you can afford a flaw or two to save a buck or two this is the grade for you.

 

FACTORY FINISH = PEACE OF MIND

T&G inland red cedar DeGrade unfinished

1x8” Thin Bevel STK KD - Prestained Redwood Rustic

channel rustic cedar siding

Factory Stained Western Red Cedar - Racked to dry

T&G inland red cedar siding unit

Pre-finished Western Red Cedar Siding - Quick to Install

western red cedar log siding Factory Finished WRC Bevel cabin - Ready to Go!

Red Cedar Siding PRE Finished and Ready to Install!


A FACTORY FINISH ensures a lasting, higher quality job than traditional "on site" stain or prime applications. Factory finishing costs about half the amount of field staining. Pre-finishing your cedar siding eliminates the problems of lap marks, shrinklines, streaking, color variation, and job site dirt pick-up.

All four sides of the board, are completely sealed, ensuring total protection. Controlled temperature and humidity levels stabilize any moisture in the wood. The finished siding arrives at the job site totally protected from exposure to water and sunlight. Western Wood Products Association and the California Redwood Association recommend pre-finishing all wood siding including cedar!
 
If your selected pattern has one smooth side and one rough side, be sure to tell us which face you plan to expose. The pre-finisher will place the wet finished boards on the drying rack with your exposed face up so it does not dry with rack marks. Cedar is a durable wood, but leaving it untreated is not recommended since finishing will greatly increase it's service life.

All pre-finished prices include one coat Primed or Stained Cabot's, Sherwin Williams or Olympic standard color lines.

Factory Pre-Finish Process


In the Field or In the Factory?

The VALUE of Factory Finish

FACT - The first thing the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association will tell you is that all cedar siding needs to be sealed on all six sides prior to installation and then re coated as needed on the face for the lifetime of the wood.
 
"FINISH SIDING PRIOR TO INSTALLATION
Before installation (job site), applying a finish to all surfaces (including ends) is recommended. Factory applied finishes are best. They ensure the best performance of the finish. The type of coating will be determined by final finish and look selected. The finish protects the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, helps prevent staining caused by mildew and extractives and will increase the service life of top coats." from WRCLA How to Install Western Red Cedar Siding
 
We interviewed Brandon Stendal- owner of Stone Valley Painting, LLC. and a customer of ours and asked-
 
"What is the value of factory finish?"

"Usually we are only finishing the face of the building. For us- a commercial painter- to prime coat 6 sides in the field takes about twice as long as coating the face alone after installation. We charge $50hour commercially so the price immediately doubles.
 
We primed all 4 sides of about 833 sqft of your wood siding and it took 2 guys about 8 hours to do this job. It took 5 gallons of primer to coat it (between $25 and $30 per gallon) and we had to rack it at our own warehouse and then transport to the jobsite.
 
I would actually prefer my customers to get a factory finished primer coat and then have me do the final coat in the field- that is the best wood siding performance option.
 
That may not sound like it is good for business but long term, happy customers are my business!"

We agree completely.
 
Factory finishing coats 4 of six sides - You get the face, the back and both side edges, the butt ends need to be sealed when installed on the jobsite.
 
If you are going to do the job right- you can't do it better (or cheaper) than the machines. If you are planning to stain instead of paint- the number of gallons needed per square foot virtually doubles. You do not have to apply a final coat to the face after installation but you had better have a large, well ventilated area with racks for the wood siding to dry - usually 3-7 days depending on humidity and finish choice.
 
The fact is that sealing the wood on all six sides prior to installation is the single most important thing you can do to ensure the long term performance of your wood siding- factory finishing saves the headache factor (literally) and is the first step to doing the job right.
 
The truth may not be what you "want" to hear- But remember if it's worthwhile to do-
 
     It costs 3 times as much and takes 3 times as long as you originally thought it would.
 
     It costs 10 times as much to fix a screw up as to do things right in the first place.

The Question Is - Can You afford Not to Factory Finish?

Common Sense Siding Installation Tips

The fact is that all wood no matter how it is dried (seasoned) will expand and contract during the year due to moisture changes in the air.

Allow your wood to acclimate before installation. This is the most common installation mistake and the most costly. When the wood arrives it will begin to change sizes to adjust to its new climate. The worst thing you can do is install siding during this phase. This is true of ALL seasoning grades. Allow 1 - 2 weeks for your wood to acclimate. The last thing you want to do is install it DURING the change.

Ideally you would unband the wood and sticker it for proper air flow. But if you do not have that option then leave it banded for a longer period of time. After this acclimation period size changes will be seasonal and minimal. This simple step is the single most important thing to remember when installing any wood siding product especially PAD board.

Avoid moving lumber when it is raining and it should always be covered with a lumber wrap that allows air to circulate moisture out. Always keep lumber on pilings so air can circulate under the pile. Never store lumber in a room with fresh concrete or drywall. Do not store the exterior project wood anyplace where it might be artificially heated or cooled. It must adjust to the natural conditions where it will reside.

Most wood expansion and contraction is across the width of the board. Selection of a Lap pattern minimizes the affect of that movement. Movement length wise is minimal. But to minimize gaps take the time to miter (angle) cut and treat the ends as you install and the results will last for years.


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When you call our toll free line you will be asked a few questions to confirm if we can truly help with your project. If it looks like we can we will set up project consultation with a sales expert. This a 15 minute free consultation. If our products and services are a good project match, we will also give you a verbal "ball park" price and total cost estimate to help you plan your project costs.
 
BEFORE we can give you a Ball Park Price we will need to know the approximate square feet required and the ship to location (city, state, zip). This information is used to make sure everyone who makes an appointment receives the advice and customer service we have promised. Your information will not be shared or sold.


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Cedar Siding SQFT - LFT Coverage
 

Cedar siding is often sold by the linear (or lineal) foot. To figure out how many linear feet (LFT) of siding you need you must multiply the square foot area you need to COVER by a linear factor based on the siding width you have selected 6", 8", 10". The Lineal Foot Factor is derived by dividing 12 inches by the individual pattern's "exposed" face - the width that still visible after the siding boards are installed.


A) Calculate the square footage in walls: length x height = sq. ft.
B) Calculate, and then subtract, the square footage of openings
C) Add 10% to cover trim and waste = SQFT needed
D) Multiply SQFT result by the linear factor = LFT needed


BUYER BEWARE WARNING: The actual "dressed" widths and "Exposed Face" measurements below are based on WWPA industry standards. HOWEVER individual mills often have their own pattern standards which vary from the norm (usually smaller). When you get ready to buy be sure to ASK for the exposed width to make sure you are buying enough cedar siding to complete the job!


 

T&G Cedar Siding Coverage
Nominal WidthDressed WidthExposed FaceLinear Ft Factor*
6"5 7/16"5 1/16"2.37
8"7 1/8"6 3/4"1.78
10"9 1/8"8 3/4"1.37
* assuming 3/8" board overlap



Shiplap Cedar Siding Coverage
Nominal WidthDressed WidthExposed FaceLinear Ft Factor*
6"5 1/2"5"2.4
8"7 1/8"6 5/8"1.81
10"9 1/4"8 3/4"1.37
* assuming 1/2" board overlap



Thin Bevel Cedar Coverage
Nominal WidthDressed WidthExposed FaceLinear Ft Factor*
4"3 1/2"2 1/2"4.80
5"4 1/2"3 1/2"3.43
6"5 1/2"4 1/2"2.67
* assuming 1" board overlap



Bevel Thick Butt Coverage
Nominal WidthDressed WidthExposed FaceLinear Ft Factor*
6"5 1/2"4 1/2"2.67
8"7 1/4"6 1/4"1.92
10"9 1/4"8 1/4"1.45
* assuming 1" board overlap



Dolly Varden Siding Coverage
Nominal WidthDressed WidthExposed FaceLinear Ft Factor*
6"5 1/2"5"2.40
8"7 1/4"6 3/4"1.77
10"9 1/4"8 3/4"1.37
* assuming 3/8" overlap, allow 1/8" gap



Channel Rustic Coverage
Nominal WidthDressed WidthExposed FaceLinear Ft Factor*
6"5 3/8"4 7/8"2.47
8"7 1/8"6 5/8"1.81
10"9 1/8"8 5/8"1.39
* assuming 1/2" board overlap



Dutch Lap (Cove & German Lap) Coverage
Nominal WidthDressed WidthExposed FaceLinear Ft Factor*
6"5 3/8"5"2.40
8"7 1/8"6 5/8"1.81
10"9 1/8"8 3/4"1.37
* assuming 3/8" board overlap



QTR Log Siding Coverage
Nominal WidthDressed WidthExposed FaceLinear FT Factor*
6"5-7/16"4 15/16"2.43
8"7-1/8"6 5/8"1.81
10"9-1/8"8 5/8"1.39
* assuming 1/2" board overlap



1x8" Pattern Coverage Example: If you are siding four walls 8 feet high by 40 feet long with 8" wide cedar siding boards and we allow 10% of the total square feet for openings, you would need approximately 2250-2450 linear feet depending on pattern selected:

SQFT AREA: 4 * 8 * 40 = 1280 SQ FT - 128 (10% openings) + 115 (10% trim/waste) = 1267 SQ FT


T&G: 1267 SQ FT * 1.78 linear factor = 2255.3 LFT

SHIPLAP: 1267 SQ FT * 1.78 linear factor = 2255.3 LFT

THIN BEVEL: not available in 1x8"

THICK BEVEL: 1267 SQ FT * 1.92 linear factor = 2432.6 LFT

DOLLY VARDEN: 1267 SQ FT * 1.77 linear factor = 2242.6 LFT

CHANNEL RUSTIC: 1267 SQ FT * 1.81 linear factor = 2293.3 LFT

DUTCH LAP: 1267 SQ FT * 1.77 linear factor = 2242.6 LFT

QTR LOG: 1267 SQ FT * 1.81 linear factor = 2293.3 LFT


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