Alaskan Yellow Cedar
Just like Eastern White Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is part of the cypress family — contrary to what its name might suggest. Because of its unique and innate characteristics, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is commonly used to make shingles, shakes and siding.
Two characteristics that make Yellow Cedar shingles so popular are its strength and durability. Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles contain natural oils and tannins that fight against mold and decay, which means homeowners who buy Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingles can enjoy lasting value with little maintenance required.
What’s more, these natural tannins and oils release over time, which slightly changes the color of custom Yellow Cedar shingles from a pale yellow to a soft and silvery gray. Aged custom Yellow Cedar shingles are far more beautiful, intriguing and attractive than they were on the day of installation.
Are you debating over Yellow Cedar shingles vs. White, or are you simply exploring unique natural wood roofing options? At Custom Shingles, we have the experience and knowledge needed to properly provide Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingle installation services, and we’d be glad to answer any questions you may have about your options.
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What Makes Alaskan Yellow Cedar So Unique?
Alaskan Yellow Cedar is fine textured, light colored and turns a beautiful silver gray, and is the most naturally moisture tolerant species. The various physical properties of the wood make it an attractive material for both general construction and boat building. Due to its slow growth it is hard and, like other cypress woods it is durable; it therefore offers good dimensional stability, and is resistant to weather, insects, and contact with soil.
Alaskan Yellow Cedar It works easily with hand or machine tools; it turns and carves quite well. It can be fastened with glues, screws, and nails. It's texture, uniform color, and straight grain will take a fine finish. It resists splintering and wears smoothly over time. When fresh cut it has a somewhat unpleasant bitter scent, but when seasoned it has barely any discernible scent, hence its traditional use in face masks. Alaskan Yellow Cedar is fine textured, light colored and turns a beautiful silver gray, and is the most naturally moisture tolerant species.
Despite its name, Alaskan Yellow Cedar actually grows throughout Canada's British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest — mostly in Washington state. Alaskan Yellow Cedar is about 1/3 heavier than similar species like Western Red Cedar and Eastern White Cedar. This is because the area where it's grown is known for shorter growth seasons, which leads to denser, stronger wood with thin growth rings.
This density leads to straight grains, smooth texture and little to no shrinkage through the years and decades while it’s used as a roofing material. If you're looking for a tree species that provides strength similar to what you'll find in Alaskan Yellow Cedar, the closest species may be the Douglas Fir, a species renowned for its strength.
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There is a minimum order requirement for some of our products. For curved Cedar shingle orders, the minimum quantity requirement is just one (1) box. For Fancy-Cutt shingles, the minimum order is five (5) boxes. Depending upon current inventory, our minimum order for Wallaba and Teak shingles is generally 2,500 SF. Please contact us for additional details.
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The art of creating and installing steam bent Yellow Cedar shingles is one that requires commitment, experience and knowledge. At Custom Shingles, we specialize in steam bent Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingles and other unique and luxurious roofing solutions.
When you choose Custom Shingles as your service provider, you get Alaskan Yellow Cedar perfection. These materials are high in quality, durability and attractiveness, but they can only perform and look their best when cut, bent, and installed by an expert professional.
When you're in the market for pre-stained Yellow Cedar shingles and flawless installation of those shingles, make sure you have an expert on your side — an expert like Custom Shingles.