The 2 x 4 C & Better Grade Red Cedar we stock may include up to 15% D & Better Grade boards. Red cedar remains one of the best lumber options when building outdoor structures such as decks, garden boxes or pergolas. For projects where a natural wood appearance is desired, the rich red tones of cedar, stand out in the crowd. Along with its natural resistence to decay and insect damage, cedar fares well in the dramatic weather seasons experienced in the northeast. Historically, red cedars have been used by indigenous people have used them to build canoes and totem poles for hundreds of years. Indoors, cedar beams and decorative walls really make a design statement. Properly finished and maintained, cedar will deliver decades of trouble-free service. If exposed for prolonged periods to conditions where decay could be a factor, such as where the wood is in contact with the ground, cedar should be treated with suitable wood preservatives.