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cedar ceilings

Cedar Ceilings Complete a Shake Roofed Home

Cedar timber ceilings are a beautiful rustic addition to indoor as well as outdoor spaces for practically any home. For those with cedar shake roofing, cedar ceilings complete the transformation to old-world charm or retro styling depending upon the grain, cut, and finish.

A timber ceiling in an outdoor entertainment area, patio or decking area adds warmth, style and elegance, and makes for a great conversation subject. Coupled with a shake roof you’ll get the color repetition that strikes a balance. In an interior space, such as a living room or bedroom at home, timber ceilings deliver a touch of flair and class to the area.

Whether you want to upgrade the look of your cedar roof or are installing a cedar roof and want to go all out, cedar ceilings make the perfect compliment.

As the typical wood choice for shake roofing, Western Red Cedar, in particular, is the most attractive choice for cedar ceilings and comes with a host of functional benefits!

  • Sound Absorption – Western Red Cedar is a sound-absorbing timber with smooth and even acoustics, making it ideal for outdoor entertainment areas, large echo-producing rooms, and home theatre rooms. Though solid in structure, the timber is relatively lightweight and helps create a stable ceiling that will keep its shape without buckling or warping for many years – even in damp climates such as Chicagoland.
  • Durability – Western Red Cedar is also very durable because it contains naturally occurring extracts that prevent fungi formation and provide termite resistance.
  • Insulation – The thermal properties of the timber also keep buildings and houses cooler in summer and heating costs lower in winter.
  • Simple Installation – Western Red Cedar is often supplied in the form of panels for easy installation of timber ceilings. The panels are precisely machine cut and can be applied using glue and concealed nailing.


In terms of aesthetics, Western Red Cedar has a natural satin luster that looks great with a clear coating, allowing the natural grain and colors to show through. Varying from light and mellow amber to cinnamon and deep sienna browns, the rich tones of Western Red Cedar help create a warm and inviting space for any home or business.

When painted or stained, the timber offers striking results, helping designers achieve a unique look in the room from ultra-modern to classic or rustic.

How to acquire a cedar ceiling

There are numerous sources for wood paneling but it can be harder to find those who install cedar ceilings. Most local interior renovation companies can handle this but be sure to ask if they have.

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