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The Benefits of Cedar Wood


Western Red Cedar TreePicking out a garden bench can be challenging. The design options are nearly endless and with so many material options to choose from it is easy to become overwhelmed. Whether its concrete, metal, cedar, teak, or even recycled plastic, each has its own unique characteristics and benefits. If you have never considered cedar wood as an outdoor furniture option, we hope this article will change your mind. 

Naturally Resistant

While there are numerous species of cedar, each variety has an amazing natural resistance to rot and decay. The variety most often used for outdoor furniture is western red cedar as seen in our Cabbage Hill Cedar Garden Bench pictured below. Cedar wood's protection against the elements comes from an oil that is naturally present in the wood. This oil is so effective at preventing decay that it has been historically used as an insecticide to void off insects. Not to mention, cedar has been used as an attractive roofing material for centuries as it provides an excellent barrier against moisture.

Cabbage Hill Cedar Garden Bench

Lasting Durability and Comfort

Cedar wood may not be the strongest wood out there, but what it lacks in strength, it makes up for in its durability. If properly built and maintained, cedar furniture should last for 15 years or longer. Many roofing companies suggest cedar roofing can even last up to 50 years. In addition to cedar's durability, cedar wood has a smooth and soft texture, making it a desirable choice for any outdoor furniture application.

Beauty and AromaDeluxe Cedar Potting Bench

Western Red Cedar's grain pattern has a unique mix of soft maple and birch, with wood colors ranging from light tan to even the occasional reddish purple. As you can see from the Deluxe Cedar Potting Bench pictured to the right, these color patterns give western red cedar a unique and beautiful appearance. To complement its beauty, cedar wood has an aroma that no other furniture grade wood species can acclaim.  


Best of all, cedar furniture is extremely affordable. Compared to many other wood options, cedar provides lasting strength, durability, and beauty at a price that's hard to beat. Please check out our full line of Cedar Products at www.allgardenbenches.com/cedar-benches/.

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