| The Wood
– Western Red Cedar
Our wood products are constructed from Western Red Cedar,
which is a superior outdoor wood. Cedar is well reputed for
its resistance to rotting and insects. We use only kiln-dried
lumber, which promotes dimensional stability. The grade of
cedar is one of the highest you can specify and is considered
a ‘clear’ grade, which means there are little
to no knots within the boards.
Protect your gate by treating the surface with a quality,
protective wood sealer suitable for cedar. Typical wood
weathering characteristics will be evident over time and
contributes to the character of the wood. Sealing the wood
surface will prevent water absorption, excessive drying,
and discoloration. If the moisture level of the wood is
allowed to significantly change, excessive dimensional changes
and/or warping can occur. Note: Some dimensional variation
is expected during weather changes.
If you are applying multiple finishes (for example a clear
coat over a stain product), be sure to check with the manufacturer
or retailer for compatibility between the two materials.
Some coastal areas are known to have high salt content in
the air which can expedite the deterioration of the finish
Outdoor wood finishes will deteriorate over time. We recommend
reviewing surfaces for condition. One way to check the finish
is to see if water beads on the surface, rather than absorbing
into the wood. If there are areas that seem to be more exposed
than others, proactive attention to these areas will increase
longevity of the product. Areas that may need special attention
are areas that receive a lot of sun exposure, the end of
the vertical frame pieces where water can most easily absorb,
and the pockets created where the panels enter the frame.
Red Cedar has natural variations in color and brightness
(see below). The contrasting character of the wood is a
beautiful aspect of this wood specie. These variations include
yellow, pink, red, and brown tones. The lightness of each
tone may vary as well. The tonal differences and contrast
may be accentuated when a clear finish is applied. Finishes
that are higher in pigment such as ‘semi-transparent’
finishes may reduce the tonal differences.
During the manufacturing process we carefully hand select
boards and determine the positioning of boards so that there
is an balanced look to the final product. Boards which are
significantly different in tone (brightness), will not be
placed next to each other. For example, in the image below
the boards that are defined as 'Dark' and 'Light' would
not typically be placed adjacent to each other within the
Many of our customers choose to have their gates provided
in the unfinished condition, with no stain. If you select this option for your gate, the wood
will have a well-sanded, smooth surface that is ready to
accept the finish of your choice. Because our gates are
constructed from kiln-dried cedar, it is very important
not to let the gate absorb moisture before applying the
finish. For best coverage, we recommend applying the finish
before hanging the gate. Gates that are left unfinished
will have a shortened lifespan and will be more susceptible
to deterioration of the wood as well as joint failure.
We offer a Transparent Matte - Cetol SRD RE Wood Finish in Teak.
DESCRIPTION: Cetol SRD RE is translucent, water repellent, exterior wood finish. It's alkyd resin stabilizes the wood grain and builds a durable UV resistant barrier. The Cetol SRD 250 protective barrier permits the wood to breathe and accommodates season shifts in temperature without losing adhesions to the wood surface.
MAINTENANCE: Maintenance is simple with Sikkens oil based stains. The stain can be reapplied as needed without having to 'sand down' the surface. Follow the instructions for surface preparation when reapplying.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE: For vertical surfaces a time frame of (2) two to (3) three years on the South and West exposures and (3) three to (4) four years on the North and East exposures can be sued as general guideline.