Why do we use Western Red Cedar?
Western Red Cedar offers the advantages of natural beauty, exceptional dimensional stability, and long-term durability. Its excellent stability comes from its straight-grained characteristics that help it to naturally resist warping. It is also highly resistant to decay. The wood contains compounds called thujaplicins, which provide a natural decay resistance and provide that wonderful cedar aroma. Thujic acid also found naturally in the wood makes it more resistant to insect attack. There are no harmful chemicals like the ones you find in pressure-treated wood products. As you can see, Western Red Cedar has a long history of withstanding the rigors of time and weather.
Western Red Cedar contains naturally occurring water-soluble extractives than can leach out over time, which is one of the reasons why it changes to a grey color after a while. For this reason, it is suggested to use a natural oil-based clear stain to improve longevity of the exposed product. Western Red Cedar is one of the few woods with its own preservative oils. Its freedom from pitch and resin gives it an excellent base for accepting a wide variety of finishes, from stains to paints. The Mail-House recommends you keep your mailbox stained or painted for added beauty and longevity. Western Red Cedar, though naturally strong and beautiful, will last for an exceptionally long time with the aid of a stain or paint.
In a world of too much plastic, metal and masonry, our Western Red Cedar mailboxes provide a warm and attractive addition to your home. We know you'll be pleased with our product.
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