Uses for Cedar Wood

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Cedar wood is useful in a number of different ways. With a pleasant scent and an attractive color and grain, cedar can be used for furniture, or as siding for a property. Cedar oil also has a number of uses, while cedar cut into shingles can be used as a cost-effective roofing solution.

Siding

  • Cedar wood is an aesthetically pleasing material to use when siding (or cladding) a building. Although it can discolor over time through dirt or mildew build-up, it is easy to clean and provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to concrete or metal. It is important that it is regularly maintained; but, if it is, it is an excellent and durable material for this purpose.

Furniture

  • Adams All Natural Cedar describes cedar wood as a material that "resists the natural tendency to crack and check as you might find in many other wood species." It also has 80 percent the strength of oak wood, which means it can be used to create furniture to sit on, as well as chairs and tables that can remain outside, due to its natural bacterial and fungal resistance.

Oil

  • Cedarwood oil has a number of uses. It is a natural bug repellent, and a few drops on clothing or a cotton wool ball can help to keep insects away when outside. It also has health benefits, alleviating acne, oily skin and dandruff when added to distilled water. It is also a natural sedative, which helps you to relax when required.

Cedar Shingles

  • As well as being a useful material for furniture, cedar shingles are also a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to tile a roof. The fact that they are lightweight means that many can be installed in a relatively short space of time, thus saving costs on labor. In addition, they are very durable and will last for many years.

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