Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) is a unique species because of its stability (approximately 50% less shrinkage than other softwoods), light weight and high natural durability. Western Red Cedar trees comprise about 20% of the mature coastal forest. Western Red Cedar is the preferred species for exterior applications such as siding, decking, fencing, windows, doors, roof tiles and a multitude of landscape applications. Its stability makes it a superior product where exterior paint or a stained finish is required. Its fine grain and natural stability result in a minimum amount of checking when subjected to cycles of wetting and drying. Western Red Cedar is also popular for interior decoration applications such as paneling, joinery and saunas, in both smooth and saw-textured finishes.