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Weather Treatment of Cedar Log Furniture


Shoud you seal your new cedar log furniture?  The answer is personal preference - it is completely up to you!

To help you decide we will first consider the species at hand - eastern white cedar (thuja occidentalis - for those who like to know the latin name), which is found predominately in northeastern US and Canada- is a premium choice to guarantee long lasting furniture. 

Eastern white cedar is naturally rot and insect-resistant, so by choosing exterior log furniture made from eastern white cedar you have lots of finish options.

  • professional finish
  • DIY finish
  • nature's finish

You can have your log furniture professionally sprayed in a dust-free controlled environment in a clear or stain colour, as many coats as you prefer.  Generally a prime coat and two coats of seal will ensure the product stands up.  Stain colours range in intensity from natural to ultra-saturated.  It is easy to select a stain to suit your home's exterior style and colour theme.

You are a DIYer and want to get outside and enjoy the first warm days of spring and have the extra time to finish your new log furniture.  Light up the BBQ now!  Your local paint and stain supplier will be able to recommend the best product for cedar.  You can choose to spray or brush on your finish. 

You last choice is nature's choice. You are a traditionalist and yes, you do have the option of letting you cedar weather naturally to a wonderful mature silver Canadian gray!  Nothing wrong with that, eh?

You may even like to mix-it up.  Here is a shot of some single lounge chairs that have used a combination of stain and nature's finish as the seat and back were left to weather naturally. Single Lounge Chair







My understanding is that cedar can last about 10 years if left untreated. I know this is not an exact science but would appreciate an opinion.
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