Individual Cedar Slat
Individual Cedar Slat
- Canadian High-Quality Cedar.
- Slightly wider slat 44mm x 17mm.
- Premium finish with slightly rounded corners.
- Stunning warm amber tones.
Our range of Individual Western Red Cedar slats are perfect for those clients who wish to create their own screening, fencing, planters, etc.
Wondering how many slats you need to order?
Well, this would depend on the gap you want to use between them, with our slats being slightly wider than most on the market we have found that around 10-12mm works best, but this is just our opinion, this is your project so you decide what works best for you.
If you were looking to build a panel around 1.8m (6ft) high then you would need 32 slats, this is based on using a 12mm gap, we would also recommend a couple extra to run vertically on the rear, these keep the gaps between the slats even and consistent, so 34 slats in total. Want a smaller gap of say 6mm? then you’d want around 36, plus the 2 for the rear 38 in total.
Some more of our more common questions are answered below, hopefully, we have answered yours, if not drop us an email and we’ll see what we can do to help.
Is your cedar British or Canadian?
Our Western Red Cedar comes from Canada and it is graded no2 clear allowing 15/20% of no4, so you can be assured this is a high-quality cedar.
Is it sustainable?
The short answer is yes, our cedar comes from a PEFC certified importer, which is certified that stock comes from a sustainable source.
How do I fix my cedar?
Whether you are using nails or screws they must be stainless steel, galvanised fixings will react with the natural oils in the cedar and leave black marks around the fixings, please make your installer aware if they have not used cedar before.
What is the colour of cedar?
Canadian Western Red Cedar has a mix of warm amber tones that range from reddish browns, dark chocolatey browns to lighter beige, this is what gives cedar its unique look.
The lengths are all slightly different?
This is quite common when buying cedar, our cedar is sold in lengths of 6ft to 9ft not the metric sizes of 1.8m, 2.1m, 2.4m etc, Canada use imperial measuring as oppose to the metric system, so your cedar will arrive approximately 6ft or 7ft etc, it may even be slightly longer, don't panic, it may mean having to trim but this also means you get a nice clean and square cut, just allow for this when using this material.
Should I set my posts at 6ft?
Setting the distance betwwwn posts is entirely your choice, 6ft, 7ft or wider maybe with additional support, although we would advise rounding down to the metric size, for example, if using 6ft slats, it may be best to set the posts at 1.8m centres, this allows you to clean and square-cut the slats, making sure each one is the same length as they will all be slightly different when you get them.
Don't forget adding a couple of slats vertically will also help keep the gaps nice and even and consistent.
Storing my cedar?
If storing your cedar then unwrap and store flat, this will help prevent the slats from bowing, remember cedar is full of naturual oils so don't store on light coloured surfaces that may be porous such as rendered walls or tile paving.
Do I need to protect my cedar?
We recommend applying Seasonite new wood protection to your new cedar, this will help protect it in its first year out in the elements, click the link for more information on Seasonite.
I want to help keep/enhance the colour of the cedar, how do I do this?
Using a clear oil that has UV protection will prevent the weathering/greying effect, it will also deepen the colour of the cedar and bring out the grain, Slatted Screen Fencing recommends using Owatrol Textrol HES single coat penetrating oil, see link for more information.
Like most cedar suppliers, our cedar is supplied what is called “green” or “wet” don’t worry it’s not green in colour or dripping wet when you get it, it simply means it is fresh cut and has not been seasoned (left to air dry for a long period of time).
Western red cedar is often mistaken for hardwood, it is actually a soft although it is classed as a durable softwood due to the fact it contains natural oils that protect the timber from rot, decay and insect damage, this is why it has been used for centuries in Canada and the US and is an ideal choice for exterior use.
As much as our timber is a quality product, it's a natural product, knots, small chips, marking or scuffing can be quite common, any making is easily rectified with a little light sanding and knots or small chips usually solved by turning the slat so you have a good face side.
But to avoid any delays in finishing your project, we suggest adding some extra slats to your order, if you order the exact amount and find you have a couple that has a knot you do not like, or one that has worked loose, or something similar, then this will only slow your project down and potentially cost more money in extra delivery costs and replacement product.
Remember nature grew the tree and it didn't check it with a spirit level while it was growing, allow for the odd quirk, bow or knot, order some additional just in case. We cannot guarantee that every slat will be perfect and therefore we cannot replace a slat because of something that is a natural occurrence.
Canadian Western red cedar slats, planed on all 4 sides with eased/slightly rounded corners, this gives a much more premium look when compared to square finish.
High-Quality number 2 or better with 15% of number 4
Our slats are 44mm x 17mm so slightly wider than the 38mm most other companies advertise, so you would need less of them when using similar spacing.