Why Western Red Cedar?
WRC trees contain tannins that naturally preserve the wood from decay and insect attack. Additionally the wood is thermal coefficient with low density which enhances its insulation value because it contains a high proportion of cell cavities filled with air, one of the best known thermal insulators. Therefore "Western red" cedar wood stays cool to the touch in hot summer sun and warmer in winter
. This characteristic combined with WRC's centuries of proven performance make it the preferred choice for building outdoor structures as our dog house
and our cats house
The Western red cedar wood boasts a rich textured grain in a wide range of warm color tones creating a unique appearance, plus the mild natural red cedar aroma is non toxic and has relaxing therapeutic effects which can be calming for your pet. Our all natural cedar dog houses are as close to nature as your pet can get to an all natural environment, being nestled safely inside his luxury dog house while feeling right at home in the great outdoors!
If it's not "Western Red" Cedar, then it's just plain wood.
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. 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 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 in 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 also. Graying does not affect the integrity of the wood. (However we still recommend a good quality wood sealer, especially for extreme weather conditions.) Additionally if you prefer "not" to let it gray naturally with age, we 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 will easily adhere to our cedar wood pet houses. (See customer submitted doghouse photo
Ref: WRCLA Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
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