Knotty vs. Select Cedar – Which Should You Choose?
Western red cedar is a popular material for interior and exterior applications, and rightfully so. It’s durable, sustainable, and beautiful. Cedar is also versatile because the wood is sorted based on a number of criteria, so you can choose the right grade for your project (and budget).
One of the ways that cedar is categorized is by its appearance. More specifically, our cedar is categorized into two main groups:
Knotty – There are knots on the face of the lumber.
Select – The face is virtually knot free. This grade is also sometimes referred to as clear cedar.
Knotty and select cedar come from the same tree and are sorted based on their visual characteristics.
It can be hard to know which cedar options to consider for your home projects. It’s important to understand the difference between knotty and select cedar grades so that you can make the right choice for your project.
Knotty cedar has a lot of character and personality. The natural knotting is unique to your specific cedar, ensuring you create one-of-a-kind projects.
Advantages of Knotty Cedar
Select tight knotty, sometimes abbreviated as STK, is a specific type of knotty wood characterized by intergrown knots. This means the knots are stable, and aren’t likely to fall out. STK wood is perfect for indoor and outdoor projects alike!
Knotty cedar is less expensive than select (clear) cedar. If you’re looking to cover a large deck or finish the side of your home, you can save a lot of money by choosing knotty cedar.
Knotty cedar is great for:
- Raised garden beds
- Interior Paneling
Select cedar is virtually free from knots, giving a magnificent minimalistic and clean appearance.
Advantages of Select Cedar
One of the biggest advantages of select cedar is its look; It has a stunning aesthetic and can add texture and warmth to many designs’ choices.
It is a highly prized wood type for outdoor use! Select cedar is one of the most durable and long-lived species available
Select cedar is great for:
- Custom Furniture
- Wall cladding
General Advantages of Cedar
Knotty and select cedar share many of the same advantages including:
- Resistance to rot, insect damage, and decay.
- Ability to endure harsh weather conditions and high-moisture areas.
- Pitch and resin-free, making it suitable to take virtually any stain, finish or bleaching product!
- Dimensionally stable, meaning it is much less prone to warping, twisting and cracking than almost any other species of wood
The versatile characteristics of Western Red Cedar are well-known, and make it an excellent choice for your next project!
The WoodSource is one of the largest retailers of Western Red Cedar in eastern Canada! Before your next project, pay us a visit or check out our website. Our team is always happy to discuss the needs of your individual project and make recommendations for the type of Western Red Cedar to use.
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