For durability, log cabins need to be made from certain wood types with the characteristics needed for visual appeal and sound appeal as well. The cabin needs to retain value, appearance and strength for years to come which is why some woods make better choices compared to others. Most modern cabins use softwoods like spruces and cedars. This is because softwoods offer great thermal qualities and they are also attractive in appearance not to mention relatively inexpensive.
But other tree species can also be used for the log cabins, but since they come with different weaknesses and benefits it is important to consider color and grain, stability in terms of warping and the reaction of the wood to temperature shifts and insects as well. Below are some of the most commonly used woods for the cabins.
Red cedar – The logs from red cedar make very good wood for constructing the cabins because of the straight grains and resistance to decay, especially in bad weather. The wood is non-resistant and resistant to insects as well. Because of the impressive insulation qualities of the wood, it reduces cooling and heating expenses in a cabin. This wood is, however relatively low when it comes to strength and may not last as long. It is however a very aromatic and soft wood.
Oak – It is very expensive and therefore not always a choice for many people. It however has very impressive qualities, including high resistance to age related decay, wet weather and is very strong and heavy that longer lasting. Oak logs are available in varying colors meaning you can choose from grainy deep reds to pale white browns. Oak is a strong and beautiful wood for log cabins.
White pine – It is one of the most popular when it comes to cabin constructions. This could be because it is lighter and therefore easy to work with, comes with uniform grain, low cost and resistant to shrinking and warping. The logs from white pine also have excellent thermal qualities and are strong since not easy to deteriorate. The white shifts into dark orange as the wood ages.
Spruce – The logs from this softwood have straight grains, which dry swiftly and manage to retain stability. This wood is loved because it is easy to work with and is rather strong too. It is resistant and light and is also inexpensive. It is a very stable wood, especially in dry climates; it does not do very well in wet conditions because it is not naturally decide resistant.
Yellow pines – It is a hard wood with pale yellow appearance, making it quite attractive. It is harder compared to white pine and has high levels of resin. It is loved for log cabins because it is resistant resistant unlike other pines and it is also resilient just like cedar. The wood is inexpensive and can be used not just for the cabin, but also for door framing, furniture and log floors. It is a very good choice for the cabins.