Northern White Cedar Advantages
Katahdin Cedar Log Homes uses Northern White Cedar exclusively for the construction of its log homes. For us, it is a good choice since Maine’s Aroostook County – where our mills are situated – holds one of the most extensive stands of Northern White Cedar in North America. In addition, Northern White Cedar is an abundant, sustainable, and naturally renewable tree.
Cedar produces a naturally resistant chemical to rot and mildew and acts as the tree’s defense against insects. As a result, Northern White Cedar provides a long-lasting material for your log home that requires less maintenance, no harmful insecticide treatments, and sustains its natural beauty over the life of your home.
Northern White Cedar naturally has less moisture, so our cedar logs can be air-dried, reducing the carbon footprint needed to produce high-quality log stock. Katahdin Cedar Log Homes can produce a cedar log with an average of 12-14% moisture content at the time of shipping, some of the driest logs in the industry. Pine requires kiln drying using primarily carbon-based fuels to kill any insects, to “fix” the resin, and remove the extra water content to produce a usable log. A drier log also has a big impact on applying stain and topcoat. Katahdin Cedar Log Homes are ready to stain once the exterior construction is complete, saving you time and money, as well as maintaining the beauty of your home from the start.
Unlike Northern White Cedar, plantation-grown pine requires intensive fertilization and toxic insecticides to produce harvestable logs. In addition to the petroleum-based additives, pine plantations use lots of fuel to maintain these trees until harvest. Northern White Cedar can regenerate forest growth without human interference, and because of its natural oils, it needs no insecticide to protect it from damage. Katahdin Cedar Log Homes recently have been able to document the responsible harvesting of Northern White Cedar from nearby forests through the Forest Stewardship Council. In addition, Katahdin Cedar Log Homes is the only log home manufacturer presently SmartWood Certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
Northern White Cedar’s superior insulation properties give homeowners an advantage in lowering heating and cooling costs, thus reducing lifetime fuel consumption. Northern White Cedar has an R-Factor of 1.41 per inch of thickness – the highest of any species used in log homes today. Therefore, a six-inch log wall has, on average R-Factor of 8.46 before any additional insulation is installed to the log wall structure. On the other hand, pine only has an average R-Factor of 1.12 per inch or only 7.26 for a six-inch log wall.
Katahdin Cedar Log Home Insulation package
Katahdin Cedar Log Homes offer an additional insulation option for your Katahdin Cedar Log Home. It included a free insulation package to increase the R-Value to R-16. In addition, we offer our above and beyond insulation package to raise your R-Value to R-19, R-23, or even higher if you choose. Contact Big Twig Homes for more details.
Big Twig Homes
Big Twig Homes is the Authorized Dealer for Katahdin Cedar Log Homes in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Ohio. Big Twig Homes has Been a dealer with Katahdin Cedar Log Homes for 18 years and in the log home and building industry for 30 years. Today, contact Big Twig Homes in Hendersonville, North Carolina, for more information on our Northern White Cedar homes by Katahdin Cedar Log Homes. If you would like to see more about our log homes, visit our gallery.
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