One of the trendy building materials used in closets these days is cedar. Cedar is lauded as a wood species that deters bugs and provides a plethora of other benefits. But are cedar closets right for your home? Before you decide if cedar is right for the closets in your home, consider the benefits of from Closet & Storage Concepts of Charlotte, North Carolina!
First, let’s go over the attributes of cedar. It is grown throughout the world from the Mediterranean to North America and is often noted for its soft red wood. One of the most popular species used in closet applications is the Virginian Juniper (Juniperus virginiana). The part of the tree that is most used in home projects is the heartwood of the tree which is at the center of the tree. Heartwood is usually a different color from the outer rings of the tree, known as sapwood. Before being used in many home building and construction projects, cedar was used in ship-building and even for instruments!
Benefits of Cedar Closets
- Cedar deters bugs. This is one of the biggest benefits of installing cedar closets in your home. Insects that would feast on your clothes such as moths are confused and repelled by the strong, characteristic smell of cedar, which confuses their pheromone detectors and natural navigation systems in the same way as other odors like citronella, rosemary, and peppermint will. This is a great material that protects expensive cashmere and wool sweaters.
- Cedar will help prevent the spread of mold and mildew. Cedar removes moisture from the air, so in humid climates, it will act as a natural dehumidifier and keep your clothes from developing mildew.
- Cedar’s natural smell is very pleasant and aromatic, so it will keep your home and your clothes smelling fresh, even as the scent protects them.
- While cedar’s scent can fade over time, you can easily revive it by sanding the surface of your cedar closets.
- The rich, red color of cedar is attractive and sure to look good in nearly any home.
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