No.2 Clear & Better (allowing 15% No 4) - Offers superb value for clear grade cedar
Silva Timber’s mixed grade kiln dried No. 2 Clear & Better, which allows approximately 15% No. 4 Clear, is specifically designed to provide a predominantly high quality raw material with occasional characteristics found in the grade below. A slight relaxing of the grading standard at the sawmill to allow the inclusion of limited characteristics found in No. 4 Clear enables us to offer cladding profiles produced from this raw material at a lower price point than pure Select No. 2 Clear & Better.
In most cases you will find only a small percentage of boards that do not conform to the grading rules for No. 2 Clear & Better. Uses of cladding produced from this grade of Western Red Cedar will typically install boards of a lower standard in less prominent positions or may optimise boards to remove any characteristics that are deemed undesirable. Installers will find it advantageous to sort and plan the positioning of boards prior to commencing installation. By doing this at the outset it is possible to identify boards that are to be trimmed and a possible position for those boards. This approach will ensure that saw wastage is kept to a bare minimum and may enhance the appearance of the finished project.
This grade may be described within the timber industry as No. 2 Clear & Better (allowing 15% No. 4 Clear), No. 2 Clear & Better blended, No. 2 Clear & Better mixed grade or No. 2 Clear & Better 85/15.
Ordering Western Red Cedar can often prove challenging; different suppliers have differing quality standards. Here are four reasons to specify No.2 Clear & Better (allowing 15% No 4) Clear Western Red Cedar:
1. Silva source from a primary sawmill to ensure quality and consistency.
Why? A secondary sawmill buys logs on the open market from various sources whereas our supplier holds timber harvesting rights in certain areas of British Columbia which ensures a consistent and ongoing supply of logs. Often a secondary sawmill has to make the logs they buy meet the grade whereas our supplier will only use logs that meet or exceed the respective grade. If the log is not suitable for the grade they are cutting for they will use it to produce a lower grade item elsewhere.
2. Silva Timber only buys coastal grown Western Red Cedar.
Why? When you think of Western Red Cedar you think of rich coloured, tight grained timber with a lovely scent and luxurious appearance. The coastal region of British Columbia offers a product richer in colour and tighter grained than that produced from interior Western Red Cedar, providing unrivalled beauty and maximum stability.
The Coastal region provides us with the Western Red Cedar we think of when we think Western Red Cedar.
3. Silva's No.2 Clear & Better (allowing 15% No 4) Western Red Cedar is kiln dried at source.
Why? Silva’s No.2 Clear & Better (allowing 15% No 4) is kiln dried at source in state of the art kilns by experts in the drying of this unique species. Modern dry kilns allow tight control of air flow, temperature and humidity so that all the timber dries uniformly and to the precise moisture content required. Kiln-dried Western Red Cedar can be machined to a superior finish and therefore problems such as raised grain are virtually eliminated.
Kiln dried timber can be installed with minimal acclimatisation on site and is also suitable for finishing immediately with a paint or stain which means that the wood can be protected without delay. Find out more about the advantages of buying kiln dried Western Red Cedar.
4. Silva’s No.2 Clear & Better (allowing 15% No 4) is PEFC certified
Silva’s Select No.2 Clear & Better (allowing 15% No 4) Western Red Cedar is PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) chain of custody certified. This means that all entities in the supply chain from the harvester to Silva Timber must possess a PEFC chain of custody certificate. This means that a specific product can be followed from its certified forest source through processing and marketing channels to the end user. PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification umbrella organization supporting sustainable forest management globally through assessment and endorsement of national forest certification schemes.
We can machine custom profiles to your specification. This process requires up to 14 days from receipt of order to delivery to your site. For more information on our custom profile service please contact our customer support team on 0151 495 3111 (Cheshire) or 020 8150 8055 (W. London).