BUFFALO LUMBER

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

A+  BBB Rating


Cedar Siding

CLEAR Western Red Cedar Siding Tongue+Groove Lucerne PA
1x6 T&G CLEAR Cedar pre-finished with Cabot’s "Brickstone" semi-transparent oil based stain



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.

Cedar Siding - Custom Milled, Finished & Delivered

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!


You KNOW you want Cedar Siding or you wouldn't be here.
Do you know what it really takes?

Our job is not to just sell you wood.
Our job is to make sure you understand what you are getting into so
IF you do buy CEDAR SIDING it meets or exceeds your expectations!


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

DID YOU KNOW?

99% of all reported cedar siding FAILURES are Selection, Installation and Maintenance related. Which means that 99% of your wood's performance depends on YOU!

Your IMMEDIATE and LONG TERM costs are affected by the grade, pattern, texture and finish buying choices you make!

Your IMMEDIATE Installation costs are affected by planning for air space, sealing all 6 sides, protecting siding at job site AND your installer's experience!

Your LONG TERM maintenace costs are affected by your choice of surface texture, finish product and willingness to check every year that your siding is still protected from the elements!


Clear Grade Cedar Siding Bevel Pattern Pre-Finished
1x6 THIN BEVEL CLEAR AYE&BTR Grade - Mill Pre-Finished with TWP Natural #1530 – home in Florida


Your choices in Cedar Appearance affects
your IMMEDIATE and LONG TERM costs!


#1 GRADE: Clear vs. Knotty: The most significant question is “Do you like knots?”. Knotty wood costs half as much as Clear. In today's market that translates to $4-$5 a square foot for Knotty, $8-$10 for Clears. How do you like Knots now?


Clear Cedar $9.50 - $10.50 per SQFT Delivered

Near Clear Cedar $8.00 - $9.00 per SQFT Delivered

Mill Select Cedar $4.25 - $4.75 per SQFT Delivered

Customer Select Cedar $3.75 - $4.25 per SQFT Delivered



Mill Select Knotty Grade Cedar Siding Bevel Pattern Pre-Finished

#2 SIZE & PATTERN: We can mill almost any size and pattern you want. You should know that any size over 1x8" is prone to cupping while smaller sizes require more labor to install. Certain patterns like Bevel can be less expensive than T&G or Ship-Lap because the specific mill cut makes better use of the original board.

#3 FINISH (Application & Duration): Your immediate cost will depend on paint vs stain, specific brand and number of coats needed. LONG TERM; Transparent finishes need to be re-applied every 1-2 years, Semi-transparent stains 2-5 years, Semi-Solid 3-7 years, Solid-Stain 7-10 while paint can last up to 25 years. Mill Pre-Finish runs 50¢ to $1 per square foot per coat.

#4 TEXTURE (Rough vs Smooth): Texture directly impacts your long term costs because rough face holds more stain than smooth. Rough face on average will last at least one year longer before requiring maintenance than smooth texture. Because stain soaks into rough texture more evenly the colors are richer and more consistent.

MOST IMPORTANT! Whatever grade, pattern, finish appearance choices you make you HAVE to coat ALL sides and edges prior to installation to ensure against ROT. If you are going to do the job right you can not do it better or cheaper than the mill's factory pre-finish machine!

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

Cedar LAP Siding Prices

ShipLap, Dutch Lap, Channel Lap Patterns


Shiplap Pattern - Square Edge

Dutch Lap Pattern Profile - curved reveal

Channel Lap Pattern Profile - Square reveal



In the last few years a modification to the standard Shiplap "Flush Joint" profile has gained in prominance. Sometimes called Nickel Gap, Shadow Gap, Shadow Profile, Shadow Line and Small Reveal this is a custom milled shiplap profile that includes a narrow gap where the boards overlap. When installed a "shadow" effect is created. The diagram below outlines the joins between the installed boards. "G" is the custom milled gap which can vary based on the "shadow line" emphasis the customer is looking for - but is usually narrow often only 3/16 - 3/8 inch.


Shiplap Pattern - SHADOW GAP profile.jpg



CEDAR PRICING By SQUARE FOOT


Understanding our Prices:


We price cedar siding by the square foot. Our Price is meant to include an idea of delivery if you order at least 1500 square feet. The finish price includes your cedar wood plus one coat factory stained or primed. That means wood and finish for that price delivered.

If you know your square footage you can multiply it by the price below and have an idea what this product will cost you. If your square footage is below 1500sq expect to put some delivery on it.


Pricing below INCLUDES Delivery
if ordering at LEAST 1500 SQFT
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM




All cedar grades are Kiln Dried except Customer Select which is Green Partially Air Dried
Your SQFT Coverage x Price per SQFT = TOTAL JOB COST DELIVERED !
Check your SQFT to LFT coverage



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


YOU HAVE TO BACK SEAL! IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO THE JOB RIGHT YOU CANNOT FINISH BETTER THAN MACHINES CAN!!


Add 35¢ per SQFT for ECO-FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN
(Rough Face Only - not available at all mill locations)


Buffalo Lumber offers a comprehensive system to do cedar wood siding the right way and it starts with factory finish.

The biggest and most frequent mistake we see people make is thinking they can just tack cedar siding up and stain the face to save money. This is the Worst Thing you can Possibly do with Wood Siding!

The problem is water. Water gets behind the wood and causes problems. By the time you realize there is a problem the cost to repair it is in the thousands or tens of thousands.

99% of all reported siding failures are installation related. That puts a pretty big onus on preparation. Doing the job exactly the right way is worth its weight in gold when you consider that anything that goes wrong costs multiple thousands of dollars to address.

8 hours a day, 5 days a week we get calls about wood siding and the number 1 reported reason we get called is the wood siding on the house now is failing because it was not sealed on the back.

The average cost for one of our customers to repair cedar siding is well over $5000. We have a $2500 order minimum + they have labor.

Life teaches 1 rule: It costs 10 TIMES MORE to fix something that goes wrong than it would to do the job the exact right way in the first place.

Why put your building and your wallet at risk?

Be Certain - factory finish!



Pricing based on 1500 SQFT order
Delivered FREE to most places in the USA!
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM





Clear Grade Cedar Siding Shiplap Nickel Gap Pattern Pre-Finished
1x6 CLEAR Cedar Shiplap "Nickel GAP" profile - Pre-Stained TWP Natural #1530 – home in New Jersey



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 THIN, BEVEL (standard), BEVEL THICK


BEVEL THIN NO RABBET Smooth Face - Eased Edge BEVEL THIN NO RABBET Smooth Face - Eased Edge

BEVEL NO RABBET Smooth Face - Eased Edge BEVEL STANDARD NO RABBET Smooth Face - Eased Edge

BEVEL RABBETED DOLLY VARDEN PROFILE Saw-Texture BEVEL RABBETED DOLLY VARDEN Rough Face - Square Edge

BEVEL SIDING PATTERN - more Pictures and Profiles



CEDAR PRICING By SQUARE FOOT


Understanding our prices:


We price cedar siding by the square foot. Our Price is meant to include an idea of delivery if you order at least 1500 square feet. The finish price includes your cedar wood plus one coat factory stained or primed. That means wood and finish for that price delivered.

If you know your square footage you can multiply it by the price below and have an idea what this product will cost you. If your square footage is below 1500sq expect to put some delivery on it.


Pricing below INCLUDES Delivery
if ordering at LEAST 1500 SQFT
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM




Check your SQFT to LFT coverage
All Bevel grades and profiles are Kiln Dried
Your SQFT Coverage x Price per SQFT = TOTAL JOB COST DELIVERED !



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


YOU HAVE TO BACK SEAL! IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO THE JOB RIGHT YOU CANNOT FINISH BETTER THAN MACHINES CAN!!


Add 35¢ per SQFT for ECO-FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN
(Rough Face Only - not available at all mill locations)


Buffalo Lumber offers a comprehensive system to do cedar wood siding the right way and it starts with factory finish.

The biggest and most frequent mistake we see people make is thinking they can just tack cedar siding up and stain the face to save money. This is the Worst Thing you can Possibly do with Wood Siding!

The problem is water. Water gets behind the wood and causes problems. By the time you realize there is a problem the cost to repair it is in the thousands or tens of thousands.

99% of all reported siding failures are installation related. That puts a pretty big onus on preparation. Doing the job exactly the right way is worth its weight in gold when you consider that anything that goes wrong costs multiple thousands of dollars to address.

8 hours a day, 5 days a week we get calls about wood siding and the number 1 reported reason we get called is the wood siding on the house now is failing because it was not sealed on the back.

The average cost for one of our customers to repair cedar siding is well over $5000. We have a $2500 order minimum + they have labor.

Life teaches 1 rule: It costs 10 TIMES MORE to fix something that goes wrong than it would to do the job the exact right way in the first place.

Why put your building and your wallet at risk?

Be Certain - factory finish!



Pricing based on 1500 SQFT order
Delivered FREE to most places in the USA!
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM




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

Cedar Siding T&G Prices

Tongue & Groove V2E, FLUSH JOINT, CENTER V


Tongue & Groove V2E Beveled Edge profile diagram

Tongue & Groove Flush Joint profile diagram

Tongue & Groove V2E + Center V profile diagram



CEDAR PRICING By SQUARE FOOT


Understanding our Prices:


We price cedar siding by the square foot. Our Price is meant to include an idea of delivery if you order at least 1500 square feet. The finish price includes your cedar wood plus one coat factory stained or primed. That means wood and finish for that price delivered.

If you know your square footage you can multiply it by the price below and have an idea what this product will cost you. If your square footage is below 1500sq expect to put some delivery on it.


Pricing below INCLUDES Delivery
if ordering at LEAST 1500 SQFT
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM




All Tongue & Grove cedar patterns and grades are Kiln Dried
Your SQFT Coverage x Price per SQFT = TOTAL JOB COST DELIVERED !
Check your SQFT to LFT coverage



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


YOU HAVE TO BACK SEAL! IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO THE JOB RIGHT YOU CANNOT FINISH BETTER THAN MACHINES CAN!!


Add 35¢ per SQFT for ECO-FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN
(Rough Face Only - not available at all mill locations)


Buffalo Lumber offers a comprehensive system to do cedar wood siding the right way and it starts with factory finish.

The biggest and most frequent mistake we see people make is thinking they can just tack cedar siding up and stain the face to save money. This is the Worst Thing you can Possibly do with Wood Siding!

The problem is water. Water gets behind the wood and causes problems. By the time you realize there is a problem the cost to repair it is in the thousands or tens of thousands.

99% of all reported siding failures are installation related. That puts a pretty big onus on preparation. Doing the job exactly the right way is worth its weight in gold when you consider that anything that goes wrong costs multiple thousands of dollars to address.

8 hours a day, 5 days a week we get calls about wood siding and the number 1 reported reason we get called is the wood siding on the house now is failing because it was not sealed on the back.

The average cost for one of our customers to repair cedar siding is well over $5000. We have a $2500 order minimum + they have labor.

Life teaches 1 rule: It costs 10 TIMES MORE to fix something that goes wrong than it would to do the job the exact right way in the first place.

Why put your building and your wallet at risk?

Be Certain - factory finish!



Pricing based on 1500 SQFT order
Delivered FREE to most places in the USA!
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM



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



 

Haida Cedar Siding

Haida Western Red Cedar Mill Select Tight Knot Haida Western Red Cedar Mill Select Tight Knot
HAIDA WRC Wavy Edge Bevel - Factory Pre Stained HAIDA WRC Wavy Edge Bevel - Factory Pre Stained

Haida Skirl Cedar Prices

Wavy Edge BEVEL Pattern Priced by SQFT


HAIDA WAVY EDGE SKIRL BEVEL Saw-Texture profile diagram

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.


CEDAR PRICING By SQUARE FOOT


Understanding our Prices:


We price cedar siding by the square foot. Our Price is meant to include an idea of delivery if you order at least 1500 square feet. The finish price includes your cedar wood plus one coat factory stained or primed. That means wood and finish for that price delivered.

If you know your square footage you can multiply it by the price below and have an idea what this product will cost you. If your square footage is below 1500sq expect to put some delivery on it.


Pricing below INCLUDES Delivery
if ordering at LEAST 1500 SQFT
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM



SELECT TIGHT KNOT (STK) Grade, KD (Kiln Dried), Rough Side Use
Lengths: 3-20’ Odd & Even (Min 70% 8’ & longer, Max 12% 3-5’)
Your SQFT Coverage x Price per SQFT = TOTAL JOB COST DELIVERED !
Check your SQFT to LFT coverage



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


YOU HAVE TO BACK SEAL! IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO THE JOB RIGHT YOU CANNOT FINISH BETTER THAN MACHINES CAN!!


Add 35¢ per SQFT for ECO-FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN
(Rough Face Only - not available at all mill locations)


Buffalo Lumber offers a comprehensive system to do cedar wood siding the right way and it starts with factory finish.

The biggest and most frequent mistake we see people make is thinking they can just tack cedar siding up and stain the face to save money. This is the Worst Thing you can Possibly do with Wood Siding!

The problem is water. Water gets behind the wood and causes problems. By the time you realize there is a problem the cost to repair it is in the thousands or tens of thousands.

99% of all reported siding failures are installation related. That puts a pretty big onus on preparation. Doing the job exactly the right way is worth its weight in gold when you consider that anything that goes wrong costs multiple thousands of dollars to address.

8 hours a day, 5 days a week we get calls about wood siding and the number 1 reported reason we get called is the wood siding on the house now is failing because it was not sealed on the back.

The average cost for one of our customers to repair cedar siding is well over $5000. We have a $2500 order minimum + they have labor.

Life teaches 1 rule: It costs 10 TIMES MORE to fix something that goes wrong than it would to do the job the exact right way in the first place.

Why put your building and your wallet at risk?

Be Certain - factory finish!



Pricing based on 1500 SQFT order
Delivered FREE to most places in the USA!
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM



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

CEDAR PRICING By SQUARE FOOT


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 NO Reveal (Log to Log)

QTR LOG CABIN Siding - NO Reveal (Chinkless)


QTR LOG Siding with Reveal (with Chink)

QTR LOG Siding with Reveal (with Chink) usually 3/4" (F)


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.


CEDAR PRICING By SQUARE FOOT


Understanding our Prices:


We price cedar siding by the square foot. Our Price is meant to include an idea of delivery if you order at least 1500 square feet. The finish price includes your cedar wood plus one coat factory stained or primed. That means wood and finish for that price delivered.

If you know your square footage you can multiply it by the price below and have an idea what this product will cost you. If your square footage is below 1500sq expect to put some delivery on it.


Pricing below INCLUDES Delivery
if ordering at LEAST 1500 SQFT
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM



SELECT TIGHT KNOT (STK) Partially Air Dried
Your SQFT Coverage x Price per SQFT = TOTAL JOB COST DELIVERED !
Check your SQFT to LFT coverage



2x6 TRIM BOARD $3.39 WRC PER VERTICAL FOOT
SMOOTH LOG CORNERS $200 PER VERTICAL FOOT



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


YOU HAVE TO BACK SEAL! IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO THE JOB RIGHT YOU CANNOT FINISH BETTER THAN MACHINES CAN!!


Add 35¢ per SQFT for ECO-FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN
(Rough Face Only - not available at all mill locations)


Buffalo Lumber offers a comprehensive system to do cedar wood siding the right way and it starts with factory finish.

The biggest and most frequent mistake we see people make is thinking they can just tack cedar siding up and stain the face to save money. This is the Worst Thing you can Possibly do with Wood Siding!

The problem is water. Water gets behind the wood and causes problems. By the time you realize there is a problem the cost to repair it is in the thousands or tens of thousands.

99% of all reported siding failures are installation related. That puts a pretty big onus on preparation. Doing the job exactly the right way is worth its weight in gold when you consider that anything that goes wrong costs multiple thousands of dollars to address.

8 hours a day, 5 days a week we get calls about wood siding and the number 1 reported reason we get called is the wood siding on the house now is failing because it was not sealed on the back.

The average cost for one of our customers to repair cedar siding is well over $5000. We have a $2500 order minimum + they have labor.

Life teaches 1 rule: It costs 10 TIMES MORE to fix something that goes wrong than it would to do the job the exact right way in the first place.

Why put your building and your wallet at risk?

Be Certain - factory finish!



Pricing based on 1500 SQFT order
Delivered FREE to most places in the USA!
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM





WRC Cedar Lumber Beams Large Timbers Prices and Pictures

Cedar Lumber Pictures & Prices - 4x4" through 12x12" - rough and surfaced


Cedar Beams & Large Timbers


“Trimber-Frame”

I was at a Timber Frame show and the guy presenting spoke that term in disgust while describing people who use big cedar timbers as accent points instead of a real Mortice and Tenon Timber Framed structure.

I thought “What a great idea!”

You can buy a couple huge appearance grade cedar beams and boost the sex appeal of your project for a fraction of what it would cost to build a real Timber Frame home.

WRC Cedar Lumber Beams Large Timbers Prices and Pictures

Our Cove Lap cedar siding customer (above) is a great example of "trimber framing". He did everything right. This was a manufactured home and he used a stone Veneer on the bottom 18 inches. He bought a few beams and trimmed out his porch by building this arbor area.

Trimber Frame - Accent your dream! 4x4 through 12x12 in stock. Larger sizes possible by special order.

Go BIG!

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!

CLEAR CEDAR


WRC Cedar T&G - AYE&BTR Buffalo Lumber CLEAR Grade - unfinished

BUFFALO CLEAR: WRC Cedar T&G - AYE&BTR Buffalo Lumber CLEAR Grade - unfinished


CLEAR CEDAR Highest Grade Fewest Knots - 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. Clear and Clear Vertical Grain (CVG) are the Highest appearance grades we have.

But even CLEAR grades rules allow knots. They may be tiny, they may be few but they are allowed in grade rules. In Buffalo Lumber Layman Terms - If we were talking about a 1x8" board 12' long, the AYE&BTR Clears will allow 2 knots per board no bigger than 1 inch.

These grade rules represent the maximum to expect per single board - NOT all boards. The majority of boards should be completely clear or with one small knott per 12' length. YOUR expectation should be a look that is virtually free of knots.

Note the use of the word VIRTUALLY. A good builder will make sure to "create" a look that is Clear. When WE say "CLEAR" we expect the look to be so clear you would have to really search to find a knot.

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.

CLEAR CEDAR - Buffalo Grade Description - More Detail & Pictures.


NEAR CLEAR CEDAR


NEAR CLEAR: IRC T&G - D&BTR Buffalo Lumber Near Clear Grade - unfinished

NEAR CLEAR: IRC T&G - D&BTR Buffalo Lumber Near Clear Grade - unfinished


NEAR CLEAR CEDAR Occasional Knot Mostly Clear - One appearance (and price) notch down from CLEAR grade is Buffalo Lumber's NEAR CLEAR grade which includes B&BTR, D&BTR wood Mill Grades that are "one off" CLEAR grade.

NEAR Clear has very few, very tiny knots and a median price point for the "Knot so fond". Your appearance priorities will determine your budget with clear grades.

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 1 & 1/2 inches. The lower "D" Grade Near clears will allow no more than 4 knots per board no bigger than 1 & 1/2 inches.

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.

NEAR CLEAR CEDAR- Buffalo Grade Description - More Detail & Pictures



MILL SELECT CEDAR

WRC 1x6 BEVEL Select Tight Knott (STK) Buffalo Lumber MILL SELECT Grade - prestained

MILL SELECT: WRC 1x6 BEVEL STK Buffalo Lumber MILL SELECT Grade - prestained


MILL SELECT CEDAR Our STK Tight Knot Grade - "Mill Select" means the mill has selected the wood to meet the "Tight Knot" grade rule in the books. There is no limit to the number of knots but there is a limit to the size and the type of knot.

Other grade names that equate to our definition of “Mill Select” are STK (Select Tight Knot) Select Knotty, Architectural Knotty, #2 and better.

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.

MILL SELECT CEDAR - Buffalo Grade Description - More Detail & Pictures


CUSTOMER SELECT CEDAR

Dutch Lap Siding - CUSTOMER SELECT PAD
CUSTOMER SELECT - Dutch Lap Wood Siding


CUSTOMER SELECT - Buffalo Grade Description

CUSTOMER SELECT CEDAR Our Buffalo Budget Knotty Grade is a "No Prior Selection" tight knot grade. That means that the mill has not officially graded to be "Select Tight Knot" by the rule book as is done with "Mill Select" grades. You may get a few loose knots but nothing that would threaten a 10% jobsite trim and waste margin.

#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 20% 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. 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.


Cedar Siding Channel Lap STK Grade 1x8 Channel Cedar Siding - Mill Select KD
Channel Lap Cedar Siding STD&BTR PAD 1x8 Channel Cedar Siding - Customer Select PAD

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.



BEVEL SELECT KNOTTY Grade - Cabin PA

Red Cedar 1x6 BEVEL Select Tight Knott (STK) - Pre-Stained "Cedartone" - PA Cabin



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.


Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Siding - CLEAR Grade

CLEAR Vertical Grain T&G Red Cedar Siding PreStained "Redwood" - Chicago




 

FACTORY FINISH = PEACE OF MIND

1x8 Thin Bevel STK KD - Prestained Redwood Rustic
1x8” Thin Bevel STK KD - Prestained Redwood Rustic
Factory Stained Western Red Cedar - Racked to dry
Factory Stained Western Red Cedar - Racked to dry

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.

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.


Clear Grade Cedar Siding Shiplap Nickel Gap Pattern Pre-Finished
1x6 CLEAR Cedar Shiplap "Nickel GAP" profile - Mill Pre-Stained TWP Natural #1530 – home in NJ


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?


Factory Primed CLEAR Finger Joint Bevel Siding Racked to Dry

Factory Primed CLEAR Finger Joint Bevel Siding Racked to Dry





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.


Thin Bevel Western Red Cedar Siding - STK Grade 1x8 Thin Bevel Western Red Cedar Siding - STK Grade

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 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.



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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WRC Log Siding with REVEAL - Stained Cedar Natural



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