Log Home Construction – Which Type of Wood Should You Go For?

loghomes-corvallisA lot of debate is still ongoing regarding the kind of wood species that is ideal for the construction of log homes. Before you select logs for making a log house, it is essential to invest some time into the research of which ones are available in your region. Read and know about some common wood species which are used for the commercial construction of log houses, and which type of wood is ideal to go for.
Spruce
It is a common choice for log home building, especially in the inner areas of British Columbia. As spruce has a straight growth with slight taper, it is perfect for building log homes. But using spruce with a spiral grain is not a good choice. Spruce is more or less strong, just like Pine, and can shrink moderately while seasoning. Similar to pine wood, it can resist decays and does not get damaged due to pests very easily. As compared to Western Red Cedar and Douglas fir, Spruce logs have to be maintained more.
Lodge pole pine
It is one of the widest and commonest choices for making log walls. It has a straight and slightly tapered growth, and generally grows in areas with a dry climate. It is more or less strong and shrinks only a little at the time of seasoning. However, these are not very pest-resistant and a lot of care has to be exercised to maintain these logs and treat them for decay and insects.
Douglas fir
It has a straight growth with small taper, and stands extremely strong. Naturally, it is ideal for constructing the shell of logs. Similar to Spruce, Douglas fir has a spiral grain while growing. As far as possible, logs with a spiral grain should be avoided for constructing log walls. These are extremely strong logs and are perfect for making purlins and beams. It has small shrinkage and slight decay and pest resistance. Due to the low taper, these homes have a more even appearance.
Western Red Cedar (WRC)
High quality WRC logs have low amount of moisture and low to mild taper. During shrinking, these have the lowest shrinkage. In most cases, these are straight grained and come with high amount of decay and pest resistance. It has moderate strength and is perfect for making log walls. It is the only wood specie which has “butt flares” which are getting more and more popular with owners of log homes. This is arguable the best type of wood for making log homes.