The Highest Quality Wood, Guaranteed
Viking is the only fence company in Texas with its own mill, where we mill and grade western red cedar. Western Red Cedar requires no chemical treatment or kiln drying, so it has a much lower carbon footprint and environmental impact than inferior materials like pine, spruce and fir. You can build your fence of this top-quality material and feel good about its effect on nature and your neighbors.
Like all woods, Western Red Cedar is hygroscopic and will absorb or discharge moisture to attain equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere. However, it has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to all other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking.
One of Western Red Cedar’s most valuable characteristics is its well-known high resistance to decay. It is one of the most durable coniferous species and can be counted on to give long and trouble free service under most conditions. Cedar’s decay resistance comes from the presence of naturally occurring fungicidal compounds in the wood called thujaplicins. Another extractive present in the wood, thujic acid, helps make the wood resistant to insect attack. Western Red Cedar is “non-preferred” i.e., the termites will not eat western red cedar if they have access to other wood species with less resistance.
Western Red Cedar’s attractive red color has long been one it’s most popular aesthetic features. As it ages, the red tone will turn to an attractive light gray color. Alternatively, Western Red Cedar can be stained if achieving a consistent color is the desired effect. The wood takes a variety of coatings, paint and stain, exceptionally well, when dried and properly primed. The wood is among the easiest to work with because of its straight grain and uniform texture.
Occasionally, Viking will offer inland cedar, a sub-species of Western Red Cedar, which grows primarily in Vancouver, Washington state and Idaho, as well as incense cedar, which is grown primarily in California, Oregon and Washington state. The primary difference in these boards vs. Western Red Cedar is the color of the board. There is less iron in the soil where these trees are grown. As a result, the color of the board is less “red” in nature. Ask our estimators for current availability.
Specializing in Western Red Cedar Wood Fences
We offer our customer the best and most comprehensive Western Red Cedar Grades on the market. Our wood grades give you the option to tailor your fence to your budget as well as functional and aesthetic requirements.
This is not big box lumber. All of our fence pickets are 50% thicker than what you find at the big box stores….
Viking Grading Standards
Viking Fence Co. grading standards meet or exceed West Coast Lumber Grading Rules.
All boards are approx. 50% thicker than the industry standard.
Boards are predominantly green (i.e. containing moisture) Western Red Cedar. In layman terms, the characteristics of our lumber pickets are as follows:
FOR MORE DETAILS ON OUR GRADING STANDARDS, PLEASE SEE OUR DETAILED STANDARD GRADING SHEET.
VIKING SELECT GRADE (PREMIUM STK)
Viking’s STK western red cedar board is our top of the line offering.
¾” thick board or thicker (when available)
“Select tight knot” means knot size is limited and sound as it is cut from small logs.
Both sides are graded to same standard – same beauty on both sides
Available in s1s2e (smooth 1 side, smooth 2 edges) – one rough side
6” nominal widths only
Best picket on the market – bar none!
VIKING RESIDENTIAL GRADE (QUALITY)
This grade of western red cedar meets all common residential fencing standards.
¾” thick board. s1s2e or rough 4-sided.
The milled side is the graded side. The reverse side may have characteristics approximately one grade lower than the face.
A small percentage of knot holes will be present.
Available in 4” and 6” nominal widths
VIKING RUSTIC GRADE (BUILDERS-GRADE)
Lumber of this grade is suitable for low grade fencing and permits all characteristics which do not interfere with use of the piece. Knot holes will be present. The key characteristic is functionality.
Other Western Red Cedar Details
Viking offers the following board varieties (straight, dog-ear, French-gothic, gothic) in 4, 6 and 8 foot lengths (ask your estimator for a quote on custom lengths), in various grades. Viking furnishes and installs all types of cedar wood fences (privacy, semi privacy, shadow-box, horizontal, custom), from the most basic of privacy wood fences to finely crafted custom wood fences. Please browse our idea gallery of recent cedar wood fence projects.
The majority of the industry has transitioned to a 5/8″ thick fence picket… 1/2” thick in some cases. Not Viking. Our supply of raw material is as secure as ever and we’ll continue to mill a true ¾” and sometimes a 7/8” thick fence picket for our customers. We’re also, the only fence company in Texas to also offer a 5/4″ fence board (on a custom order basis)
Western Red Cedar requires no chemical treatment or kiln drying, so it has a much lower carbon footprint and environmental impact than inferior materials like pine, spruce and fir.
Western Red Cedar’s growth is limited to British Columbia (B.C.). Only 1% of B.C.’s cedar growing stock is harvested each year, according to the Ministry of Forests, and soon after logging, public lands must be reforested with species suited to the site. The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association estimates that three trees are planted for each that is harvested.
Comparisons to Other Species
Prone to warping. Pine does not have any of western red cedar’s natural decay resistance. “Treated Pine” is treated with chemicals to perform like natural Western Red Cedar. Once treated pine can be yellow or green in color and not as attractive as Western Red Cedar.
Not a cedar, probably a fir, recently introduced to the U.S. Has failed to deliver long-term quality in New Zealand and Australia over the last 20 years.
Lacks dimensional stability. Prone to decay. Inexpensive for a reason. Does not meet Viking Fence’s quality standards.
A new species that entered the market in 2017…after the Softwood Lumber tariffs imposed by our government against Canadian softwood lumber. See attached brochure in our download area for an in depth comparison