The Growing Popularity of Commercial Cedar Siding


Cedar Siding is often associated with use in residential homes due its durability, versatility and appearance, along with its warm tones, alluring scent and numerous other benefits. However, when we think of a commercial space we often think of strictly utilitarian materials – cement, stone, and drab colours devoid of any warmth.


However, in recent years there has been a renaissance in the architectural design of commercial spaces. With online shopping growing in importance, many businesses are looking to create commercial spaces which are warm and inviting to encourage shopping in brick-and-mortar stores. One of the easiest ways to revamp a drab commercial space is with cedar siding. This sustainably-sourced material has a host of benefits including: anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, naturally insect repellant, reducing heat flow and acting as a natural acoustic barrier. As cedar siding also requires little in the way of maintenance and upkeep, it’s easy to see why the popularity of this material is growing.


Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright was known for his use of natural building materials, his designs often inspired by shapes in nature. His use of cedar materials both inside and outside were an inspiration to residential and commercial spaces throughout his career in the early 20th century until his death in 1959. Many new commercial spaces are taking inspiration with these designs, creating commercial spaces that not only reflect the beauty and allure of cedar siding, but are also eco-friendly and built with sustainability in mind. A notable example of this design ingenuity is the STGM Head Office in Quebec City. Leave it to an architectural firm to design an office space with a commitment to environmental sustainability. The once cramped, generic 1980s suburban office building was completely resurrected, their use of cedar siding bringing life to the former service lot where it sits.


But don’t think that implementing the benefits of cedar siding means that you’ll have to redo the entire façade. A common design technique is adding accents to your space, in this case, the use of Cedar Siding strategically placed. This purposive design is all about creating an environment which should contribute to the creating of an experience for not only the occupants, but also the customers. The Portland-based outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Columbia Sportswear has used this technique in stores, adding to the appeal of their outdoor brand with the use of a knotty Red Cedar Siding.


Using reclaimed Cedar Siding is a great way to enhance your commercial space while also being eco-friendly. This slightly weathered siding can add a rustic charm to any business exterior, while still maintaining all the great benefits cedar has to offer.


With our decades of experience in the forestry product industry and numerous accolades, Longhouse can provide the products and the know-how to turn your dream project into a reality. Call us toll-free at 1-800-811-2010 or email us at info@longhousecedar.com to find out more about the products and services we can provide for you.