- IT WON'T ROT: Cedar wood is used exclusively in our outdoor-grade products and is renowned world-wide for its unique
weather-resistant properties. Cedar fibers contain oils that act as natural preservatives to help the wood resist rot and decay
making it excellent furniture material for moist or humid climates. These properties also make Cedar a very popular material for hot
tub and sauna areas.
Cedar has been used for generations for roofing and shingles, fences, fence posts, planking for small boat hulls and, of course, for outdoor furniture. A Western Red Cedar fence post will last up to 16 years in the ground. Furniture left out year round, untreated and uncovered, even in Northern rugged winters, will last a minimum of 8 to 10 years. Furniture that is brought inside or covered for the winter will easily last twice that long.
- IT SMELLS GREAT: Naturally occurring organic compounds called (thujaplicins) give off that richly distinct cedar aroma that smells so good to humans but makes the wood highly unattractive to insects, moths and other pests. This is why Cedar is also a choice material for closet liners and blanket storage chests.
- A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO CHEMICALLY TREATED WOOD: Much of today's outdoor furniture consists of chemically treated materials. These materials hold up outdoors because they are soaked in a toxic stew of chemical preservatives that are strong enough to require warning labels for those who handle it. The three primary ingredients in pressure-treated woods are: copper, arsenic, and chromium.
A controversy exists on the extent of arsenic exposure due to physical contact with CCA wood surfaces. Such surfaces include playground equipment, decks, and picnic tables built using CCA treated wood. Studies have shown that virtually no inorganic arsenic is absorbed through the skin, but is readily taken up by ingestion. Thus, the potential exposure is hand to mouth, and therefore, children are considered the most vulnerable to this potential risk. Read more on this here!
- IT STAYS COOL: Cedar has an incredible thermal co-efficient, meaning even on hot days, it is cool to sit in. Its bacterial and fungal resistance coupled with the fact that Cedar is 80% the strength of Oak, makes it the most desirable wood to use for building outdoor furniture.
- JUST SAY NO TO CHEAP PLASTIC CRAP: Unlike plastic or resin furniture, Cedar will not bow or sag over time, or crack and break easily. You will rarely come out to find your new patio set blown across the yard; and if you do, you may have more serious problems to worry about. Your Cedar furniture will not become dull sun scorched and faded, but rather will hold its handsome appearance year after year. Unlike plastics and resins, Cedar is not made from petroleum and there are no toxic by-products. It is a renewable and all natural product you will enjoy for years to come.
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