We recommend buying ther best logs you can - any other element can be upgraded later. Better logs return their value in thermal performance, maintenance and resale not to mention aesthetic quality.
We use only premium quality logs according to Timber Products Inspections (TPI) grade specifications. An independent TPI field inspection crew is available to inspect and certify logs for roughly $1000.00 per building, if desired.
Below is a comparison of some of the more popular types of wood available.
*Prices are estimates only based on September 2008 market.
||Cost per cubic meter*
|Western Red Cedar
||Best overall type. Does well in all settings, excellent stability. Old growth checks less and has less moisture and tension than other species, more stable and naturally resistent to decay
||Has natural oil content that helps preserve it over the long run because of it's natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. Character flare at the log base that makes each log very unique in appearance.
||$230 to $245
||Strongest available wood. Good for structural elements such as floor and roof beams
||Less stable than cedar, more checking. Increased freight costs due to higher weight.
||$160 to $170
|Standing Dead Pine
||Seen as the ethical or environmental choice for wood, however, there is a short window of opportunity to utilize the tree after beetle attack.
||Not available locally so overall cost (including shipping to the builder) could be higher.