What makes Western Red Cedar the right building material for your next project? Well, for starters, this highly-valued, durable wood is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insects, which means anything you build with it will last longer and will require less maintenance. But there is more: Beauty & Architectural Design - Aesthetically, there really is no substitute for the natural beauty of Red Cedar. It compliments any architectural design - from the turn-of-the-century to contemporary. Dimensional Stability - Red Cedar has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to all other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking. Thermal Conductivity - Wood is an excellent thermal insulator, which is an important characteristic - good thermal insulators keep buildings cool in the summer and reduce heating costs in the winter. Western Red Cedar is the best thermal insulator among the commonly available softwood species and is far superior to brick, concrete and steel. Versatility - Western Red Cedar is pitch and resin-free, which means it's ideal for accepting and holding a wide range of beautiful finishes. It also offers a wide range of lumber dimensions, surfaces and grades. Sustainability - Renewable and plentiful, Red Cedar is also sourced from the most sustainable managed forests in the world. Aroma - Red Cedar's unique aroma comes from natural occurring substances in its heartwood. These components resist moisture and are toxic to decay-causing fungi and insects and preserve the wood to give it long-lasting appeal.