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Types of Logs to Consider for Your Log Home

Freddie Kuhn

There are two main things to decide about your log home materials before you go any further with your plans. You need to know what kind of wood you want, and you need to know what shape and style of logs you're shopping for.

Here are the basics of the common options for both of these categories.

Tree Types

Hundreds of tree types exist in the world, but your choices will likely be restricted to those commonly grown in commercial logging operations for use as lumber. Of those, several types are frequently used successfully for log homes. These include several conifers such as fir, cedar, and pine. These trees are all considered softwoods, but some are considered higher-quality than others. For instance, cedar trees have natural preservatives and beautiful wood coloration, making them a prized building material.

When choosing which type of wood to use, though, you'll want to consider not only beauty and longevity, but other factors as well. For instance, you'll want to make sure your wood is highly insulating, fits into your budget, and can be sourced from a sustainably managed tree farm.

Log Cut Styles

Once you've decided what type of trees you want to use for your log home materials, you need to think about what cut and style of log cabin logs you'll be using. For instance, the most basic construction involves just using entire logs stacked on top of each other for the walls. This style is called the Whole Log style. The logs can be round cut or squared off. You also need to consider whether you want to use handcrafted or milled logs; milled logs are shaped by machine, making them typically more precise. The shaping process will likely affect the price and your budget. 

Once you've decided what shape you want your logs, you'll need to decide what type of notches to use at the corners where the logs join together. You may want to consult with your log home building contractor on this point since it can affect the structure of the house.

As you can see, choosing the logs you'll use for your log home materials isn't just as easy as picking a color and going with a default shape. You need to consider the aesthetics, performance, pricing, and other factors as well when choosing your log home materials. Contact a log home material supplier today to learn more about your options.