Models Packages Roof & 2nd Floor Systems Wall Systems, Log Profiles, Surface Options Corner Systems Pine vs Cedar
         
Northern White Cedar Requires No Chemicals and
No Chemical Maintenance Programs!
   
 
Northern White Cedar Facts
       
 

Chemically Treated Pine and Your Health

The Shrinkage / Settling Issue

The Truth about Pine Vs. Cedar

         
No chemicals because unlike many pine log companies that "dip treat" their logs in chemical preservatives and insecticides, Cedarcraft's logs are not treated with any chemicals. Cedar is naturally resistant to insects as well as natures elements. After your log home is built and closed up nice and tight for the winter, you and your family will not be living with treated log chemicals that literally come out of the walls and into your living environment. The scientific term for this is called "out gassing" and this is what can happen when a log is dip treated in chemicals.

You may be told that these chemicals are harmless but what may be considered safe today may be causing health problems that will only show up later on just as so many harmful chemical products have done in the past. The point is, why live with chemicals if you don't have to? Not to mention the costly, time consuming, chemical maintenance program that your pine log home warranty will force you to follow.

The fact is, Pine requires chemical treatments, Cedar does not. As proof of this, here are a few facts: Any outdoor items that are made of pine such as a mailbox, bird house, picnic table, fence or outdoor furniture must be treated with chemicals if they are expected to hold up to exposure to the weather and insects. But because of the very different molecular structure of Cedar, as well as natural resins in the wood, Cedar is "naturally" resistant to insects and decay and it does not require treatment with chemicals. You can call any outdoor wood furniture store or lumber yard to confirm this.

Think about it. People put their better things in a cedar chest or a cedar closet. This is because cedar keeps the bugs away. Did you know that the shavings from cedar mills are often used to make bedding for pets and animals because it keeps the fleas away? Have you ever gone into a sauna or a steam bath that was constructed with pine paneling and pine benches? Never! It is always going to be cedar or redwood because of their outstanding durability and natural resistance to dampness and mildew

Note: Cedarcraft does include in its package a "U.V. Blocker" stain that is applied to the exterior only of your log home after it is erected. This stain, which comes in many different colors, will protect the wood from getting "bleached out" by the suns ultra violet rays. Most of our customers prefer a light golden color stain and, because it is transparent, it enhances the beauty of the wood allowing the beautiful grain to show through.

Also note that cedar has a closed cell molecular structure. It will not absorb water and become "water logged" the way that pine does. This is one of the many reasons why cedar is so extremely resistant to decay. By the way, did you know that Northern White Cedar also has the highest insulating R-Value of all wood species!