Alaska Yellow Cedar (AYC), which is actually more related to the cypress family than the cedar family, is known for its natural beauty and strength. AYC has additional characteristics that make it the perfect choice for not only roofing shingles and shakes but siding as well.
In spite of the name Alaskan Yellow Cedar, in addition to Alaska it is also grown in the neighboring west coast areas of British Columbia in Canada, as well as Washington State in the US. These geographical growing areas are known for their short growing seasons, which result in thin annual growth rings, making AYC 33% heavier than it’s counterparts (Western Red Cedar and Easter White Cedar), as well as denser and stronger. This denseness gives it straight grain patterns, a smoother texture, and very little shrinkage over time. Structurally that puts AYC in the class of Douglas Fir for strength!
Mold and decay are inhibited by natural tannins and oils that are slowly released as the shingles age. Left to weather naturally, they age from a uniform pale yellow color to an attractive soft silver gray patina! These features and more make AYC a popular choice for homeowners, designers and architects who appreciate these distinctive characteristics.
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