Western red cedar is a wood prized for its beautiful color and grain, natural insect and moisture resistance, and durability. It is an extremely versatile building product that can be used both indoors and out and can be finished in myriad ways to complement a building’s aesthetic.

This course will discuss best practices for finishing, care, and maintenance of western red cedar that will ensure a long-lasting finish in both exterior and interior applications.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the exterior applications for western red cedar and the many exterior finish options available, including the level of maintenance required for each.
  • Identify interior applications and finish options for western red cedar.
  • Examine the difference between factory and on-site finishing and application techniques for siding and trim.
  • Explore trends in western red cedar finishing and case studies demonstrating various exterior and interior finishes that were used to achieve a wide variety of design aesthetics.

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of western red cedar lumber applications.