Western Red Cedar No. 2 Clear & Better Channel Cladding

From £75.88 £63.23 per sqm

Forming part of the ‘Silva Select’ family of clear Western Red Cedar cladding products, Silva Select Contractor + offers a high-quality appearance at a lower price point than the flagship Silva Select Prestige VG range.  

Old-growth Western Red Cedar is used to produce Silva Select Contractor +.  The raw material is harvested from forests in the coastal regions of British Columbia, Canada, an area, known to yield the finest, dense grained cedar logs.  

Aimed at contractors for larger-scale projects, the grading of Silva Select Contractor + is less stringent.  Most boards (approximately 85%) meet the grading rules for ‘No. 2 Clear & Better’, with a smaller percentage (approximately 15%) falling into the ‘No. 4 Clear’ grade.  For this reason, occasional pieces will exhibit slightly larger knots, knot holes, and other characteristics that would otherwise not be permitted in the ‘No. 2 Clear & Better’ grade.

It is possible to install the Microline Channel profile either horizontally or vertically. A square sided recess where the boards meet creates bold shadow lines that will accentuate either the height or width of the façade. Microline Channel will lend a high-end contemporary appearance to any project.  Boards connect with a tongue and groove system for easy installation.

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Western Red Cedar is synonymous with beauty and durability, thanks to its stunning colour palette and expected service life of 60+ years. The raw material used to produce Silva Select Contractor No. 2 Clear & Better 85/15 Western Red Cedar cladding is sourced from forests in the coastal regions of British Columbia, Canada – an area known for its high quality, fine-grained old-growth logs.

Western Red Cedar Channel cladding looks stunning indoors too, creating a feeling of warmth and luxury on accent walls or feature ceilings. Its excellent dimensional stability makes it perfect for high moisture areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, conservatories, swimming pools, and saunas.

Product Details

  • Size: 18x94mm, 18x144mm.
  • Grade: No. 2 Clear & Better - 85% / No. 4 Clear - 15%.
  • Profile: Microline Channel has a tongue and groove connection and provides deep, bold shadow lines created by the square-sided recess.
  • Installation: Horizontal or vertical.
  • Surface texture: Smooth.
  • Moisture content: Kiln-dried at source to 12–15%.

Key Properties

  • Colour: Palette of rich, warm wood tones, which vary from light amber to dark reddish-brown.
  • Durability: When properly finished and maintained, Western Red Cedar will deliver decades of trouble-free service. It has a decay resistance of durability class 2 (durable) according to the EN 113 standard.
  • Stability: Western Red Cedar has excellent dimensional stability because of its low wood density and shrinkage factor. Shrinkage and swelling are minimal, displaying only small movements with changes in humidity.
  • Density: The wood of Western Red Cedar is light, weighing 330 to 340 kg/m3 when kiln-dried (12-15% moisture content).
  • Thermal properties: Wood generally is an excellent thermal insulator, but Western Red Cedar has a particularly good insulation value because of its low wood density. Its coefficient of thermal conductivity (k) is 0.11 W/m °C at 12% moisture content.
  • Acoustic properties: Western Red Cedar is particularly effective when used as interior panelling to dampen vibrations and absorb sound.
  • Kiln-dried: Silva Select Western Red Cedar is kiln-dried, giving it many advantages. The process improves dimensional stability, permits the immediate application of a coating, and enables installation with minimal site acclimatisation.
  • Grading: Produced from 85% No. 2 Clear & Better / 15% No. 4 Clear Western Red Cedar. The fine-grained wood fibre is harvested from old-growth forests in the coastal regions of British Columbia. Read more about grading and quality here.
  • Sourcing/certification: Silva Select Western Red Cedar is sourced from the most sustainably managed forests in the world in British Columbia, Canada, and comes with PEFC certification.

Optional Extras

  • Coatings: The application of a coating is necessary to protect the wood and optimise its appearance over time. The coating should be applied to all surfaces, including ends, before installation. Please choose from our wide range of high-performance wood coating systems.
  • Western Red Cedar corner solutions: Select from our range of co-ordinating corner trims.
  • Western Red Cedar fascia and trim boards: View our range of boards from the Select Prestige VG range. Available in 4 widths, they are perfect for fascia, barge boards, door and window reveals, and many more uses. If you are looking for wider boards, our Cowichan Gold range includes boards up to 286mm in width.

This Western Red Cedar No. 2 Clear & Better Channel Cladding is graded on one face only. Boards are not reversible and, as such, some surface/roller marks may expected on the rear of the boards.

Click here for more detailed information on our full range of Western Red Cedar cladding.

Size Linear Metre Square Metre
18 x 94mm £5.84 £4.87 £75.88 £63.23
18 x 144mm £10.66 £8.88 £83.90 £69.92

Grade & Quality

No. 2 Clear & Better - 85% / No. 4 Clear - 15%.



Size: 18x94mm

Coverage*: 77mm

Linear metres per square metre: 12.99


Size: 18x144mm

Coverage*: 127mm

Linear metres per square metre: 7.87

* includes 2mm expansion gap


2-4 weeks for in stock items.

Up to 5 weeks for items in production.


£45.00 / £95.00 / £145 / £195.00 / POA depending on location.

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Please note: As with most building supplies, delivery is to the kerbside only.

Scheduled Collection


2-3 weeks for in stock items.

Up to 5 weeks for items in production.



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