Fast Facts on Cypress
The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service shows that more cypress grows than is harvested by a ratio of 2.34 to 1 cubic feet per year, in its
13-state growing region.
As deciduous conifers, cypress trees produce needles and cones that they shed in the winter, spreading their seeds.
Cypress trees may regenerate from cut stumps.
Healthy trees reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by removing carbon dioxide, storing carbon and releasing
oxygen. Conversion of wood into products such as structural beams, window frames, flooring, furniture, cabinetry and doors contributes to the long-term sequestration of carbon.
Easy on the Environment
Virtually every part of a log is used as lumber or byproducts, and finished products are re-useable, recyclable and biodegradable.
It takes less energy to make products from wood than other materials. Making products from aluminum, glass, plastic, cement or brick can require as much as 126 times more energy than making them from wood.
Cypress is ideal for creating and maintaining a healthy environment. Wood doesn’t trap dust, dirt and other allergens. In addition, no- and low-VOC (volatile organic compound) finishes can be applied. These finishes contain no solvents, are safe for people and the environment, and give off virtually no odor.
A naturally occurring preservative called cypressene is produced in cypress heartwood, making it resistant to insects, rot, decay, and
other damaging elements. Pressure- treating cypress with chemicals that can be harmful to the environment, a process required for some species to maintain their strength and appearance, is not necessary.
Cypress readily accepts paint and stain, offering a variety of finishing options. Its original honey-like hues can be maintained by applying a clear sealer. Left untouched, it will weather naturally to an attractive grey.
Cypress is suited for both exterior and interior applications ranging
from siding and decking to paneling and flooring, and everything in between.
When considering life-cycle costs, the useful life of cypress can span generations with proper care and maintenance, making it more favorable and cost effective than most other materials. What did Noah’s Ark and the first doors of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome have in common? Legend has it that both were made of the durable wood we know as cypress. In fact, it’s said that the doors of the original St. Peter’s were more than 1,100 years old when the building was torn down and reconstructed in the 16th century.