Why Cedar Over Pine?
Our materials come from the finest White Cedar stands in the northern regions surrounding Maine. Our logs are selected, inspected and held to a quality standard that only cedar can attain.
Due to its slow growth characteristics and tight growth rings, White Cedar is one of the most dimensionally-stable and durable woods on the planet – making it the ideal choice for log home construction.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, White Cedar is considered the wood of choice where a high degree of durability and resistance to the elements is necessary.
Rated at over 1.4 R factor per inch, the insulation factor of White Cedar is among the highest of any wood species.
White Cedar contains natural oils and preservatives within the tree which makes it one of the most insect-repellent of all wood species. Its closed cellular structure inhibits mold and mildew, which can attack and decay many other types of wood – such as pine.
Thermal Rating (R-value):
The R-value is used to measure how well a material resists the flow of heat through it. Northern White Cedar has an R-value of 1.41 per inch of thickness, the highest
R-value of any of the species used in log homes. Link: US Department of Energy
Thermal Mass Factor:
Thermal Mass reflects a material's density (in pounds per cubic foot) and its specific mass. The higher the Thermal Mass Factor, the easier your home is to heat or cool.
Cedar: Mass Factor of 3.78
Pine: Mass Factor of 2.76
Rot Resistance & Insects:
The R-value is used to measure how well a material resists Cedar naturally produces preservatives that make it one of the most decay and rot resistant of woods, as well as insect tolerant. Pine is not naturally resistant to rot or insects.
Green pine weighs an average of 4700 lbs. per cord, with more than twice the water content that cedar does. Cedar displays minimal cracking or checking because of its lower moisture content.