Cedar Tongue & Groove Ceiling Options

Cedar Tongue & Groove Ceiling Options

What are the choices?

Widths

Cedar T&G comes in different widths and grades. The most common widths are 3.5″ and 5.5″. We usually use 5.5″ widths on our projects. We installed 7.5″ boards as siding on a house over 20 years ago, but due to the width the boards cupped and we had to go back and face nail every board on the house- which was no fun at all! We haven’t had any issues with 5.5″ widths which we’ve used consistently for the past 20 years.

Grades & Finishes

There are a variety of grades and finishes for cedar tongue and groove ceilings

 

Clear with natural finish

  • More refined appearance
  • Virtually free of knots
  • Natural finish lets the natural color variations come through

Tight Knot with natural finish

  • More rustic in appearance
  • Knots are closed (meaning minimal open holes)
  • Natural finish lets the natural color variations come through

Engineered, Clear with natural finish

  • Real clear cedar veneer over wood substrate
  • More stable and consistent than solid cedar
  • Less waste than solid cedar
  • Natural finish lets the natural color variations come through

Check out Rainier Plank T&G here

Painted, Finger Joint

  • Small pieces of cedar ‘finger-jointed’ together to make one long board
  • 16′ and 20′ lengths for long spans with no seams
  • More stable and consistent than solid cedar
  • Less waste than solid cedar
  • Can only be painted

Which is best for you?

The right choice depends on your style and budget is always a consideration. Of these 4 options, the Rainier Plank (#3) costs the most per lineal foot (however, there should be less waste than solid cedar). Clear (#1) is the second most expensive, Knotty (#2) is third and Primed (#4) is the least cost per foot.

As always, our design team is here to help you choose the best option for your project and budget. Let us know if we can help you with your upcoming project!

10 Comments

  1. Darrell Doust

    Hi Im a builder in Portland Oregon and looking for approximately 1200 sqf for a remdol project

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    • Brian Kashas

      Hi Darrell- sorry for the late reply. We get our cedar T&G from Lakeside Lumber in Sherwood, OR. Give them a call and I’m sure they can help you out.

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  2. andrew

    What do you use for your “natural finish” seen in the pictures above. Is it like a clear poly or an oil of some sort?

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  3. George

    Hello, same question on finishes. The top photo was that a natural finish? I got a few samples and used a clear coat, it came out pretty light. Looking for the darkness to match the photo with the skylights. What wood was that and if I was looking to darken it a little what would you suggest? I did use linseed oil that looked pretty good but think that would be too much maintenance. Thanks. Great work.

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    • Brian Kashas

      Yes, the top photo is a natural finish. I think it may appear like it’s stained because it was relatively dark that day when I took the photo. The wood is cedar (clear, no knots). If you want to add a light stain I’d look at Flood or another quality exterior stain/finish maker and experiment. Agreed- linseed oil would be a lot of work. Thanks for the comment- good luck!

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  4. Sai Prasad

    Brian, I am DYI guy and trying to finish my new unfinished basement with Cedar for ceiling and walls, please suggest best combination and color, I am planning to use the below one for flooring and do I need to install a drywall , or can I directly go with wood panels for walls and ceiling without a dry wall ?

    Huntington Hickory Pro with Mute Step Waterproof Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring – 7.25 in. W x 6 in. L

    Thank you,
    Sai Prasad.
    Cumming GA.

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    • Brian Kashas

      I generally like going over drywall on an interior install. It helps smooth out any undulations in the framing and also provides a fire barrier. As far as color- cedar is pretty versatile. I’m not a color consultant so I would defer to your best judgment. Good luck on your project!

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      • Sai Prasad

        Thank you Brian for your quick reply, I will go with drywall and I am hiring an interior designers for my design and color.

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        • Brian Kashas

          Awesome! I’m sure it will be amazing!

          Reply

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