What type of wood is best for wooden cabins?

Posted Sep 01, 2021, Category: Cabin production

Best timber for your log cabin production. The answer to this question is complex, as are many other things. It all depends on where you live and what type of tree you have. It’s more likely to be cedar or pine up north, but cypress and other exotic timbers are available down south.

Whatever type of timber you decide to use, make sure you consider these factors when choosing your wood. Consider whether the wood is suitable for the log cabin design you are considering. Next, find out if it is available in your area and if it has a fair cost. If you are environmentally conscious, ensure that the wood you purchase is sustainable and comes from sustainable sources.

This blog post will discuss the various types of wood used in standard and bespoke log cabin production.

Pine and Spruce – probably the most common types of wood used for contemporary log cabin home manufacturing. It is also easily accessible in the northern hemisphere. This wood can be found in North America and Europe. Both pine and spruce are strong and rigid and can be used for a wide variety of projects. Eurodita prefers to use Siberian pine. The Siberian pine, unlike its southern cousins produces much less resin, and it also grows slower. It retains a very pale colour in resin and wood, which is a big difference.

Cedar – a more expensive and exotic choice of wood. Because of its low moisture content, Cedar is lighter than other trees. Because there is less water left to evaporate, the natural shrink factor for wooden homes decreases due to this low water content. Because cedar is easy to stack, it is a good choice for custom-made log homes. Cedar is more expensive than pine when ordered in large quantities. Trees are harder to grow and maintain. Additional varnish may be required to protect it from stains. It’s an expensive option, but it is certainly not bad if you can afford it.

Cypress – A beautiful choice of wood, originating from the southern regions of Europe. The beautiful Cypress tree’s pattern can be turned into planks, or made into logs. These planks come in a variety of colours, from light amber to delicate rose to moss-green shades. You can make unique and interesting designs for your cabins. Cypress trees require a lot water to thrive and can become difficult to work with. Although there are methods to evaporate most of this moisture prior to construction, it can be time-consuming and very expensive. The logs and planks of cypress are also more susceptible to moulding because of their high moisture content. It is important to take great care of the cypress homes until they settle and evaporate their moisture.

Oak is a sturdy and long-lasting choice for modern residential log cabins. Oak is a strong tree that naturally protects itself against insect damage and decay. Oak does not require as much investment in anti-decaying procedures as other trees. Oak, although strong and beautiful, is less insular than other woods in terms of heat retention and may require more sealing. Although some log home manufacturers use oak, it is not always available. Oak is slow to grow, prefers temperate climates and soils that aren’t readily available around the world. Oak is an expensive choice for a log home, but it can be made into a strong bespoke home if it is affordable.

Cherry, poplar and cherry are all hardwoods. Unlike oak, which is the most popular hardwood for construction purposes, all hardwoods have similar pros and cons. Because they are rare, they are durable and resistant to insect damage and decay. They are heavier than pine and other common woods, more insular, and harder to find unless they are in plentiful supply.

It doesn’t matter what wood you choose, but it is always a good idea to find the best wood available in your locality. Local sources are more likely to be sustainable and less costly, and the producers will have the knowledge to work with them. You should look for a good price, quality, and sustainability ratio as well as suitability to your project. If in doubt, always consult producers first. Good luck!