The Eco Choice

Environmental Overview

Today’s sustainable forestry practices ensure a perpetual abundance of Western Red Cedar from British Columbia’s forests.

Substitute roofing products such as cement or metal are manufactured from materials extracted from the earth. Once removed they can never be replaced.

When cedar roofing substitute materials come to the end of their service life, they become part of landfills where they remain. Cedar is biodegradable and a renewable resource building material.

100% of the material brought into the mill is used for either shakes and shingles, pulp and paper, or fuel for manufacturing facilities.



THE FACTS: Every building product we use, including wood, steel, aluminium, plastic and concrete comes from a natural resource. From all these building materials, wood is incredibly strong, extremely durable, the most energy conserving and the only material that is 100% reusable, recyclable and biodegradable.


The Eco Choice

Consider wood:

• is a renewable resource
• survives 130 mph hurricane-force winds
• has high insulation value – low energy costs
• is highly resilient in earthquakes
• withstands pounding hailstorms
• is aesthetically pleasing, offering lasting value
• is available with 30+ year warranties
• with pressure-impregnated fire retardant last a lifetime
• with pressure preservative treatment guards against decay
• protects the environment – It’s ENVIROSMART


Steel, aluminium, plastic and concrete are frequently thought of as wood substitutes. It is often incorrectly assumed that using these products will help protect our forests. But we cannot grow more iron ore to make steel, bauxite to make aluminium, petroleum to make plastic, or limestone to make concrete. These materials are mined or extracted from the earth, never to be replaced. Even recycled wood substitutes contain large percentages of virgin, non renewable materials.

Every time we use a product from a non renewable resource, we are diminishing the earth’s ability to sustain us. Wood roofing and siding, however is made form a resource that can be planted, harvested and planted again and again.



Quote from: Patrick Moore (Greenpeace Cofounder / Forest Ecologist):

“When it comes to building materials, wood is the only material that is renewable. Steel, concrete, plastic, and aluminium are all non-renewable resources; and in particular require a lot more energy and emit a lot more greenhouse gasses in their manufacturing. So far as an environmentally friendly building product, wood is the clear leader. One of the most sustainable things about western red cedar is that when it is harvested, virtually 100% of it goes either to lumber, shakes & shingles, pulp & paper, or energy into mills that make these products. One of the great things about choosing shakes & shingles is that it makes you part of the renewable cycle using a product that is designed by Mother Nature.”

All of the mills that manufacture cedar shakes and shingles contribute to the replanting and maintaining of our natural resources. The province of British Columbia has some of the highest standards and toughest regulations in the harvesting of Western Red Cedar.