Red Cedar

Premium Wood For Maximum Longevity


Best for Exterior Applications

This species of wood is often referred to as “aromatic cedar” because of its pungent natural oils, and use it to line closets and hope chests to ward off insects. Cedar is a popular species of wood that’s long been used within the construction industry. Due to the aromatic, beautiful, rot-resistant strong features of the wood, it’s a natural choice when it comes to building outdoor playsets and other structures that can last outdoors for generations to come.

Red cedar is named for its pink and red hues; although, you may detect broad bands of amber, cream, and brown throughout. Red cedar is mostly straight-grained, however, there may be the occasional swirl of color. Cedar doesn’t shrink, swell, warp, or decay even when there are severe changes in weather, which makes it such an ideal choice for exterior use. Below, we discuss why cedar is a great lumber choice for builders and contractors alike.


There are many reasons why we use Red Cedar to build our playsets. If you have ever found yourself wondering—What is cedar wood good for?—here are some cedar wood properties and how they demonstrate the advantages of this versatile timber:

Cedar is durable. Cedar thrives in damp climates, enabling it to withstand many conditions. Cedar is abundant and cleared to promote wildlife and the over-growth of our forests.

Cedar is a natural insect repellent. The oil in cedar wood can control pests like termites, ants, moths, mosquitoes, and cockroaches. Thus, making your playsets insect-resistant.

Cedar is naturally beautiful. As described above red cedar has natural color combinations. Ozark uses a transparent oil-based stain to magnify its natural color. Staining can enhance the durability of your cedar wood even more with regular applications of sealer to help it retain its color & stability. Red Cedar is quite truly a wonderful building material.

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