Exterior

  • Sail, Vancouver (UBC). Photo: Wood WORKS! BC
    Sail, Vancouver (UBC)
    Photo: Wood WORKS! BC
    The Shore Condominiums, North Vancouver, B.C. Photo: Wood WORKS! BC
    The Shore Condominiums, North Vancouver, B.C.
    Photo: Wood WORKS! BC
    Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler, B.C. Photo: KK Law
    Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler, B.C.
    Photo: KK Law

Wood is a beautiful, renewable and highly energy-efficient choice for exterior cladding. Wood has the inherent ability to absorb and release moisture; its moisture content always matches that of the ambient air, which results in natural regulation and stabilization of humidity. Additionally, some species repel mould and insects.

Western red cedar , yellow-cedar and treated wood products are readily available for outdoor applications such as exterior trim, siding, roofing, decking and fencing. Wood used for trim, decks and fences can be installed in its natural state, or be stained, primed or painted.

Wood siding adds rustic charm, warmth and character. Wood roofing products include cedar shakes and shingles that are naturally resistant to water, sunlight and rot. Also, wood trim adds detail and refinement to wood exteriors, and helps to cover and protect structural joints. 

Decking refers to wood that is used for the horizontal surface of exterior decks, verandas, porches and balconies. British Columbia (B.C.) offers a variety of woods and dimensions for decking; the most common species include western red cedar, Douglas-fir and pine . Wood is also used for poles that are durable, safe to use and easy to handle, store and install. These poles are used as pilings, mining-timbers, telephone and electric power line poles and telegraph poles. 

The diverse range of B.C. wood species available supplies a wide range of exterior products that comes in standard shapes and sizes, as well as custom sizes, across North America and internationally.

Treated wood products
For improved durability and lifespan in harsh conditions, wood can be treated with a variety of preservatives, and can be pressure-impregnated with fire-retardants for improved fire resistance.