The Wood Workers ShoppeIndoor pools are pretty common all over the world, but when you are attempting to build one within your own residence, there are a number of things that you will need to take into account, as quickly as possible. For the duration of this article we’re going to be discussing the need to ensure that you have the right type of paneling, and for your purposes, why not go with the rustic look?

Before we go any further, you probably already know that we’re a little bit biased on what the ‘look’ should be. If you’ve ever visited our store you’ll know why that bias exists but seriously, you couldn’t go with a better options than prefinished pine paneling or perhaps even cedar paneling. For the purpose of your pool, we’re going to strongly suggest that you stick with the cedar option for a few different reasons, the primary reason being the moisture resistance.

Lock Out moisture with Cedar – It’s Better than Interior Pine Paneling

Cedar is one of the most popular woods out there when it comes to moisture resistance, and with good reason. First of all, it does a good job of locking out the moisture, and if you’re familiar with its properties, then no, you shouldn’t be surprised at all. So what is it about cedar that does such a great job of setting it apart from all of the other types of woods on the market that you might choose to take advantage of.

First of all, we should put out that there are two different types of cedar, red and white. Those who are fans of red cedar are familiar with its rustic nature, and those who enjoy white cedar know it as a chest lining or somewhat lighter version of this incredible wood.

Finding Red Cedar

The Wood Workers ShoppeWestern red cedar grows typically in the Pacific Northwest, while the white cedar tree grows in the eastern-southeastern area of Canada. It can also be found in the adjacent states including New England, and even the Great Lakes region. Fun fact: red cedar trees are known to last for more than one thousand years when left undisturbed.

Did you know, for example that the oldest red cedar tree known to man is about 1,460 years old? That’s just the oldest one we’ve found, and you know how many trees there are out there! White cedar is a bit lower on the longevity as it typically only reaches the age of four hundred. You can clearly see which one is tougher, but on the plus side, they both live far longer than humans.

Red vs. White

cedar log cabin sidingWhen you are choosing your wood, remember that red cedar is durable and it features a natural resistance to the following:

  • Moisture
  • Decay
  • Insect Damage

In addition to being moisture proof, it has greater stability than softwoods, as a result of its low density. Now white cedar is a bit more common in the area, and it is the lightest commercial wood in the United States. It is, much easier to work with in terms of interior paneling for the consumer and holds paint quite well, making it easy to customize, easy to seal, and being lightweight, it’s easier to install, especially indoors. Most importantly, white cedar is readily available in our area, and we’re proud to say it’s one of the cornerstones of our work.

Either species has outstanding benefits, and for this reason, The Wood Workers Shoppe takes great pride in cutting all of our logs locally, right here in Northern Michigan. Our selection of white cedar is second to none, and installing it in your indoor pool area will bring you plenty of benefits for many years to come.