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Benefits of Building with Cedar

Benefits of Building with Cedar

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products

Cedar trees grow where the weather is damp. Due to the destructive nature of fungus, microorganisms and insects in these conditions, cedar trees have developed self-protective qualities which allows the cedar trees to fend off insects, rots and temperature related stresses. It’s because of this inherent ability that cedar wood is extremely valued in areas where humidity, temperature and cracking problems can occur.

Unlike other types of wood, cedar will not warp due to moisture due to its remarkable dimensional stability. Meaning, that despite weather, humidity or temperature conditions, cedar wood doesn’t change its size or dimension, making it perfect for house siding. And being a light, porous type of wood, cedar can also absorb noise, which can be beneficial when used as fencing or siding. The oil within the wood emits an earthy, woodsy and slightly sweet scent which not only enhances the atmosphere in and around your home, but also helps to keep moths and other insects at bay making it a popular choice for around hot tubs and saunas.

Benefits of Building with Cedar

Building with cedar wood is also environmentally friendly as it’s actually more environmentally superior to synthetic products. It has a negative greenhouse gas effect, meaning it actually removes these gasses from the atmosphere, and it’s renewable and biodegradable. The unique tones and patterns of cedar make it a popular choice for adding a warm, durable, natural beauty to the exterior of homes as siding, eaves, decking, soffits and fascia. Cedar doesn’t have to be stained because of its inherent qualities, but in most cases pre-stained is recommended, making it great for any type of home.

The aesthetics of cedar wood, especially the colouring of the Western Red Cedar which is rich with crisp colours and tonal properties can magically transform outdoor spaces, liven up home décor, and inspire innovative architectural designs. Great for adding light and warmth to any area, cedar comes in a smooth or knotty variety. Each variety has its own characteristics giving it its own natural and distinct signature.

The many benefits of building with cedar wood goes back centuries with the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Today, more and more discerning architects and builders are enhancing their projects with this beautiful and sustainable resource. No man-made product can match the beauty, performance and longevity of cedar. It seems nature still knows best despite all efforts at imitation.

The Future Looks Bright for Longhouse

The Future Looks Bright for Longhouse

The Future Looks Bright for Longhouse

Owned and operated by the Jenkins family in Parksville Qualicum since 1985, Longhouse Specialty Forest Products is renowned for adhering to sustainable forest methods. Thereby, the company is dedicated to preserving the longevity of Vancouver Island’s old growth forests. Why is this important? Because they are a family-run company that cares about present and future generations and consistently live by this code.

The Future Looks Bright for Longhouse

Brian’s wife’s family began milling wood in Qualicum back in the 1890s and the Jenkins clan soon followed in the 1920s. Today, Moila Jenkins is Operations Manager and their daughter is Assistant Sales Manager. Owner/Operator Brian Jenkins and his family bring an amazing depth of knowledge as the primary unfair advantage that Longhouse presents over competitors. Not only do they distribute direct anywhere in the world, but the business is in control of product quality every step of the manufacturing process. Clients have received finished product as far away as St. Petersburg, Russia, and New York State. They also give the highest dollar value for their product by selling directly to the end user.

Jenkins passionately maintains that his company leaves a smaller carbon footprint than other mills simply due to the fact that every phase of manufacturing takes place in their facility. There is no need for additional trucking or middlemen. From custom millwork to custom coatings and kiln-firing, all the work is completed on one property.

The progression of Longhouse to adding on a final process—pre-staining—gives them another huge advantage over competitors. You will be hard pressed to find another business that does it all, including pre-stained cedar siding, with access to the best supply lines. Longhouse does it all at cost and that translates into the best price for the customer.

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products maintains the coveted FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified by the Rainforest Alliance since 2007. The FSC® is a non-profit organization that uses third party certifiers. As a consumer, when you purchase FSC® certified wood products, you can rest assured that the wood is sourced from FSC® certified forests. The company is also a proud member of The Victoria Residential Building Association, the Canada Green Building Council, and The Greater Vancouver Home Building Association. They also belong to the South Island Woodlot Association.

An additional competitive edge is their mill delivers projects direct to any address, worldwide. With objectives to increase sales five-fold over the next five years, this family business is fast becoming a major player on a global scale. Indeed, Longhouse presently boasts facilitating over 14,000 projects globally in the construction and design industry.

The Future Looks Bright for Longhouse

Jenkins states that Vancouver Island provides the most high grade softwood in the world. Although they specialize in Western Red Cedar, Longhouse also works with all interior and coastal softwoods, such as yellow cypress (cedar), Douglas-fir, Pacific Coast hemlock, and spruce pine fir (SPF). Specialty products manufactured by the company range from custom cut yellow cedar decking, solid wood flooring, cedar fascia and soffits, different varieties of FSC® certified cedar siding—both sourced from Vancouver Island’s coastal rainforests, Japanese grade spruce siding, white oak flooring, and Douglas Fir products (flooring, timbers, and beams).

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products are harvested, milled, and finished on Vancouver Island. Their fine products are integral to a coveted eco-friendly and viable modern-style building. Photographs of completed projects displayed on the web site reveal striking natural beauty. The future for this family business is dedicated sustainable growth and the future is, and always will be, green.

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

When using cedar siding in residential or commercial building applications, the decision must be made whether to leave the cedar untreated to weather naturally, or to have it stained. Purchasing pre-stained cedar siding not only preserves the grain, but also offers further design choices. While the siding requires re-staining and regular cleaning, the aesthetics deliver viewing pleasure for decades to come. Besides making the siding job more efficient, there are other reasons for purchasing pre-stained cedar.

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

According to Brian Jenkins, owner/operator of Longhouse, the benefits of pre-stained cedar siding are enormous. First of all, the treatment can be applied 365 days/year in their facility. Additionally, he estimates that the cost of pre-stained is roughly one third of hiring someone to stain on site.

Pre-stained cedar siding gets delivered to the job site protected from weather conditions—therefore, no scrambling to tarp stacks of untreated cedar from rain. Furthermore, if workers are applying the stain, weather can cause delays, siding can get wet, and there remains a mess to clean up afterwards. Also, on-site staining can result in an inferior finish compared to machine-staining.

Forgoing stain altogether may also result in a shorter siding life-span. Jenkins explains that in the northern hemisphere, the south side of a building should be re-stained about every 4-5 years; the rest can be done every 6-7 years. This is because intense UV rays break down the stain colourants. Re-staining is relatively cheap and requires little prepping when done in a timely manner.

A natural softwood, cedar siding is more expensive, but when properly maintained, it can last nearly a lifetime. It’s also more eco-friendly than other materials, and pre-treated siding is more environmentally safe than the cedar being sprayed at the job site; therefore, you have a healthier work environment. In addition, cedar siding is susceptible to fewer problems than other types of wood, such as rot, bacteria, and mildew.

Furthermore, pre-stained cedar done by the manufacturer under controlled conditions ensures proper moisture content and consistent application. So in addition to avoiding the costs of hiring someone to stain untreated cedar, purchasing pre-stained siding delivers a durable and appealing end product, available in any colour under the sun.

Indeed, production won’t be at the mercy of sub-contractors’ schedules and less storage is required at the job site. The efficiency of having the cedar siding delivered to the job site pre-stained and ready to install can’t be understated.

Pre-stained cedar is clearly an organic choice for builders and homeowners who value West Coast style, longevity, and supporting eco-friendly products. In addition to its many other benefits, cedar is biodegradable and will not end up clogging the local landfill. The dedicated professionals at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products are happy to help you with your upcoming building ventures, no matter the location, since they deliver the finished product worldwide.