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Vancouver Island Western Red Cedar

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Vancouver Island Western Red Cedar is used for its sustainability and longevity. Being that it is naturally rot resistant, makes it desirable to be used in our fence panels and many other applications. Along with it being pitch and resin free, makes it unlike other species. Red cedar contains thujic acid which is a crystalline unsaturated acid found in the heartwood of the cedar that helps against insect attacks. It’s got a low shrinkage rate, durable, light in weight, and is very fibrous; making it ideal for staining. Western Red  Cedar has fine grain and a beautiful texture and although it is graded by the National Lumber Grade Authority it is usually graded by its appearance. The grade we use mostly is select tight knot; which basically means the knots in the wood are tight and sound, giving it the beautiful texture and appearance we strive for. The grade clear is virtually how it sounds; clear of knots (or small pin knots) with beautiful grain. Our fence boards are a standard and better which means; when produced, select tight knot is not taken out which allows us to deliver a higher quality product. We re-manufacture raw logs into select tight knot, clear, standard & better, and pallet grade yielding as much product out of each piece of wood, which increases our value adding.

Methods for Applying Stain: Brushing/Rolling vs. Spraying


staining deck rollerBrush/Roller: We highly recommend using a brush to apply stain to your product. It’s an easy way to ensure that you have covered every part of your wood, and that you do an even coat. It can take a little more time but it’s cost effective because you have little to no wasted product. It’s a common misconception that brushing stain onto wood creates a lot of runs, but as long as you pay close attention and backbrush it’s easy to wipe over them to create an even application. Some people prefer to use a roller to apply their stain, which is also a great method as long as you backbrush to avoid pooling and runs.

Spraying: Although spraying stain is a commonly used practice, but we do not recommend doing it. For air spayers, Over-Spraythe air used in the sprayer causes the stain to dry before hitting your wood product. Although it may look great at first, the stain is actually unable to soak into the wood properly, which takes away the protective capabilities of the stain. If you do choose to spray your stain, ensure that you use an airless sprayer, which prevents the stain from drying before it hits your product. There is also a decent amount of waste when spraying stain, which can become quite costly.


Sansin Purity Glacier


Sansin Purity GlacierIf you’re looking for an interior product for protecting your cabinets, shelves, doors, furniture or even flooring look no further because Sansin Purity Interior Glacier is a great two-coat formula that will suit your needs. This finish is highly water resistant and provides UV resistance. It’s a perfect product for interior surfaces that are susceptible to high-wear. Easy soap and water cleanup and the fact that it isn’t flammable make this a great user-friendly product. Having low VOCs makes this a safe and environmentally friendly product. Purity Interior Glacier is available in flat, satin, and gloss finishes.


Sansin Foundation

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Sansin Foundation

One of Sansin’s great products that is often overlooked is called Foundation. It’s a one-coat wood treatment that you apply prior to your choice of stain that creates an excellent protective layer against the elements. It improves the performance of your top coat by preventing discolouration, stabilizing wood components, and reducing warping, shrinkage, and checking. It’s environmentally friendly and is easy to clean up with soap and water. The neutral colour allows you to use any top coat whether you’re looking for a natural or bold colour. It penetrates deeply into the wood, while still allowing it to breathe. This product is highly durable and provides great additional UV protection to your product. The low odour makes it a product that is safe to use indoors.

Sansin Cedar Stain


One of our most popular products that we sell at the Weatherwise Cedar Products store is Sansin stain. We are very excited to carry such a high end product that carries the quality you can trust on your home. They have a range of beautiful colours with rich tones, allowing you to be creative with your colour choice while maintaining trust in the quality of their products. Sansin is an environmentally friendly product, made with natural oils and resins, as well as water. It’s perfect for when you are stuck between using an oil based or water based stain. Sansin’s stains allow wood to breathe freely, letting wood naturally adjust to changing moisture levels in the environment. We sell a number of different Sansin products that are specifically designed for certain jobs.

“Dec” is a rugged two-coat formula made for decks since they withstand a lot of foot traffic, furniture, and weather conditions. It has excellent lasting protection against UV exposure and rain. It’s made with strong pigmentation, allowing your deck to last longer and look better.

Sansin DEC


“SDF” is made for siding, logs, decks, or fences. This one-coat formula’s oils penetrate into the wood, providing great UV and weather protection. It comes in a range from colours including natural, semi-transparent, and solid. This product works great in moisture-rich environments, thanks to it being highly water-repellent. It allows your wood to breathe, stopping rot from occurring by preventing moisture from getting trapped in the wood.

Sansin SDF

“ENS” is a great product, and can be applied to any project, new or old. It’s a durable two-coat finish that enhances the natural grain and character of your wood. This product is highly resistant to wear, provides excellent UV protection, and doesn’t fade over time.Sansin ENS

These are just some of the great products that Sansin makes. We invite you to come in and check out our selection of Sansin products, and to see our sample colours on real cedar siding that we sell.

UV protection in stains?


When unstained wood is left outside, the sun and rain work together to decompose the wood. When rain seeps into the wood cells, it saturates them. The sun then dries out the cells and natural preservatives in the wood, which then makes it susceptible to wood rot and discolouration. UV protection in stain is a crucial component, protecting the lignin (which holds the wood fibres together) from breaking down. Transparent Iron Oxide pigments in the stain absorb UV radiation, while colour pigments enhance the appearance of your project. These pigments are highly durable, making them a great addition to the stain used to protect your wood. Since VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) have been taken out of many stains, the drying process has slowed down. UV rays act as an environmentally friendly way for stain to dry on wood.

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Cloverdale Sunfast Weather-Wise Western Red Cedar

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Weatherwise Western Red

When Cloverdale approached us to create a colour to best represent Vancouver Island we jumped at the chance and it did not take long for our skilled team to come up with Weatherwise Western Red. This is a rich cedar colour with an emphasis on the browns.


Since it’s conception it has become quite popular both for the custom colour and for the quality of the stain. It isn’t uncommon to have customers directed here just for our colour. Many employees often use it for their fences and other projects.

Why should you use GRK Fasteners?


Screw soph's picGRK Fasteners is a brand we have been selling in the Weatherwise Cedar Products store for only a short while, but we are extremely fond of the quality and structural capabilities of their products. They are designed for doing a job efficiently with very few if any complications.

At the bottom of the screw is the Zip-Tip, which creates no need for pre-drilling, and allows for faster penetration. The W-Cut on the bottom part of the screw acts like a saw, creating a smoother drive with low torque. Close to the top of the screw you will find the Cee Thread. This part of the screw enlarges the hole which reduces the chance of splitting. The Recessed Star Drive on the screw head allows for zero chance of splitting to occur because of the six contact points. The Washer Head creates greater holding power. Reverse thread on some of the job-specific screws prevents mushrooming from occurring.

The many great aspects of these screws allow for twice as many GRK screws to be used per battery life of a screwdriver. All GRK screws have been evaluated for structural values with IBC/IRC specification. They are AC257 code approved for resistance to corrosion because of the Climatek coating used to further extend the quality of these screws. You can feel confident using these screws thanks to the limited Lifetime Warranty that comes with them. With a complete line of fasteners for many different applications and a very large size range, you can’t go wrong choosing one of GRK Fastener’s products.


Buyers Guide to Fencing: What do you need to look out for?


The majority of customers shop around when looking for products for their home. Your home is the biggest investment you will ever make and you want it to last and look beautiful for many years. This article is intended to help you understand and search for the best fence panel for your project. It’s our belief that a well-educated customer makes for a more satisfied customer and a better end result. We will explain some of the features of our fence panels and differences you may wish to consider while researching other manufactures.

Just like in any industry, there’s a lot of things to be mindful of that reduce both the cost and quality of a panel. In order to keep price down some manufacturers will use pressure treated hemlock or fir as the frame of the panel. This can lead to twisting as they dry out. Pressure treated woods are often white woods (spruce, pine, fir, and hemlock). These species are generally less stable than cedar and may be more susceptible to cracking, warping, and shrinkage.

Other manufactured panels may use shorter boards in their panels than they advertise. A lot of diagonal lattice topped panels may be 3” to 6” shorter than the indicated 6′. For solid panels, they are often 6” shorter than the indicated 6′. These are commonly referred to as nominal height panels. These panels are made with less wood and therefore have a reduced cost. If the height of a panel is a concern to you for reasons like privacy, then full height panels like ours will achieve your needs.

Another difference is what the body of the panel is made out of, which is usually either Tongue and Grove (T&G), regular fence boards, or channel. T&G has a habit of gapping since it is generally milled with a 3/8” or less overlap. This often results in gapping and splitting as a result of being more susceptible to moisture based damage. Regular fence boards are what you commonly see around on both stick built fences and standard grade prefabricated panels also known as Contractor Grade. The main downside for these boards is the gapping which occurs due to moisture seasonally expanding and shrinking the wood. Our Premium panels are made out of channel, which we consider to the be the most durable product. Channel gives you the advantage of an increased overlap that T&G does not offer. As seasonal gapping occurs with T&G and regular fence boards, the channel’s overlap prevents the gaps from forming. If you like the look of T&G, the back side of the channel fence panels have the same look.

Another common difference in the fence panel construction is the framing. We use a 1”x2” sandwiched frame. We consider this to be the strongest option. After 25+ years of fence panel construction, our design has continued to perform greatly for us and our customers. We also make a 2”x4” framed fence panel for those people that want a larger chunkier look. People often believe that heavier panels indicate higher quality and strength, but this is not the case due to the way the panels are constructed. Lighter panels are more durable and have less issues with deformation.

Our 1”x2” Premium Panels are lighter and stronger than other types of framed panels. The nailing pattern eliminates the potential cracking of the panels due to the forces of nature. Our Premium Solid panels come with the added strength of a 1”x4” mid brace, supporting the boards across the entire length of the panel and preventing the boards from warping. Other retailers may sell a variety of other panels that can appear to be the same as ours, but they may be constructed differently. Be sure to ask plenty of questions about the construction of the panels when you are trying to find what panel works best for you.

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Western Red Cedar vs. Yellow Cedar


Both Western Red Cedar and Yellow Cedar are exceptionally durable and weather resistant. After being sustainably harvested they have very pleasant aromas, and are very commercially valuable. Although Western Red Cedar has the longest life span of any tree in British Columbia, the Yellow Cedar is also known for its longevity. Both woods are filled with natural preservatives called tannins, giving them great durability. These natural preservatives repel against moisture, insects, and decay.

Red CedarWestern Red Cedar is a softer and more lightweight wood than Yellow Cedar. It’s more tonal, being known for it’s warm colour and dark, rich heartwood. It is commonly used in log homes because of the flare at the bottom of the trunk, and the fact that it’s a great thermal insulator. Western Red Cedar is excellent at absorbing stain since it is a softwood and is also pitch and resin free, so it works great both internally and externally. The most common uses are decking, fences, posts, and beams.

Yellow Cedar good oneYellow Cedar which has many different names such as Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Sitka Cypress is a much harder wood than Western Red Cedar. It’s actually a Cypress tree and not a Cedar. It’s used for building aspects where strength and durability are key factors. It usually grows at high altitudes, causing fine grain with tight growth rings. It takes nails and screws without splitting, and very rarely twists. Since the wood is harder and filled with tannins, it’s not as absorbent with stain. Boat building, bridges, and stairs are common uses for this type of wood since it’s so dense and strong. Yellow Cedar is harvested in much smaller quantities than Western Red Cedar.