Besides being a totally renewable resource, the most unique characteristic about natural unfinished WRC wood is that it does "not" require painting! The inherent tannin oils saturated throughout the lumber naturally protect it outdoors for many years with slow deterioration. The darker red tones are derived from the center of the tree called the heartwood where the tannin oils are most concentrated.
Our dog house features
premium Western red cedar because most other woods including the cheaper more plentiful yellow and white cedar wood "do not" possess these protective oils. Whereas they will require regular high maintenance for outdoor use to prevent the start of fungus and decay which can quickly spread once it gets into the wood, especially where it comes into continuous ground contact (as will any untreated wood except Teak). That is why all of our Western red cedar dog houses include a eco-friendly lifetime treated wood base attached beneath our tongue-n-groove red cedar dog house raised floors.
Left in its natural unfinished state, WRC ages gracefully to a silvery gray color blending harmoniously with its environment as will the eco-friendly lifetime treated wood base. Graying does not affect the integrity of the wood. (However we still highly recommend a good quality wood sealer to help prevent possible splitting and curling from weather fluctuations. Finishing tips and suggestions included with your Dog House purchase.)
Additionally if you prefer "not" to let it gray naturally with a wood sealer, we highly recommend that you apply a waterproof clear wood "protector" like Thompson's to your pet house exterior
only. Regular yearly treatments will preserve its unique and original
natural WRC wood color tones. Additionally since WRC does not contain a sticky oozing sap like pine wood, colorful finishing stains to match your home adhere easily and protect while beautifying the cedar wood. (See customer submitted doghouse photo
Ref: WRCLA Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
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