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Cedar shiplap siding source

lookloan | Posted in General Questions on

Hi – I am not sure if I can ask this but I having a hard time locating 1x8x16 cedar shiplap. Someone told me there is a strike – not sure if that is true. 

The house I am building is 84′ long with 12 foot walls.  I wanted the barn look and cedar is bug resistant. I also want it primed since this time of year, winter is not far behind. I’m told it will be 2 months to get 400 boards and I am thinking there must me other sources besides my local lumber yards. 

I really don’t want to go to a man made product. I can get pine shiplap but not sure if that is a good choice for a primary residence vs a barn. There is a company that makes a nice finger jointed pine, no knots, rought side with exterior glue (what ever that means) but my framer said he doesn’t like the finger jointed, though there is a 30 year guarentee.  Most of the framing is done and I can’t believe I would be having this issue so I am reaching out for whatever help I can get. 


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  1. Expert Member
    Michael Maines | | #1

    James, where are you located? Are you looking for red cedar? You might consider using western Hemlock instead. Or a natural wood treated with a preservative, such as Accoya or Perennial Wood.

  2. lookloan | | #2

    Located in Connecticut in Zone 5 - I've heard of Hemlock but not the others mentioned.

    1. Expert Member
      Michael Maines | | #4

      There are two types of hemlock; western hemlock has qualities in common with red cedar and douglas fir. The hemlock that grows here on the east coast is comparable to spruce, except it's slightly more rot resistant.

      Another option for you is eastern white cedar. This is the biggest name in the northeast: (Maibec = Maine + Quebec).

  3. seabornman | | #3

    This is larch (also called tamarack). Pretty rot resistant Available throughout the northeast I believe. I had to dado the profile myself, as I didn't find any premade. This was made from 1x6. I'm using 1x8 right now for decking and I'm getting around 7 1/4" out of it.

  4. Zdesign | | #5

    Look into Siberian Larch from Holbrook Lumber in the Northeast. Similar rot resistance and bug resistance to cedar but more cost effective and far harder so it won't scratch/dent. It can be left unfinished to grey naturally.

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