Not only does it have a stunning beauty, the many benefits of Western Red Cedar include that it’s a highly revered, durable wood is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attacks. Almost anything you build with it will last longer and require less maintenance.
Aesthetically, there really is no substitute for the natural beauty of Western Red Cedar. Imbued with decidedly crisp, yet superbly rich, tonal attribute , Western Red Cedar offers a unique flare at the end of every log, making each person’s log home one of it’s kind. Imagine – all those stunning properties packed into one beautiful building material, an architect ’s aspiration come true. The versatility of Western Red Cedar is pitch and resin-free, ideal for absorbing a wide range of beautiful finishes.
Studies have proven the environmental performance of Western Red Cedar far outweighs any synthetic products, in every way. Pre-fabricated building materials generate greenhouse gasses, western red cedar actually removes greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. Western Red Cedar is renewable, biodegradable and is sourced from the most sustainable forests. Cascade Handcrafted Log Homes selectively harvests Western Red Cedar logs for their customer’s log homes.
When a homeowner chooses Western Red Cedar over pre-fabricated products, they are building a home that is going to last centuries as wood outperforms steel, concrete and composites in the following areas;
Western Red Cedar has a natural resistance to heat loss — radiant comfort from the log’s thermal mass and reduced energy consumption because of its tight, precise, consistent, building design system. Western Red Cedar is known as an excellent thermal insulator, keeping cool in the summer These features along with many others, contribute to an outstanding log home that is environmentally friendly.
Western Red Cedar material can be recycled & reused; Bark can be used to create bark mulch and the off-cuts for carvings, furniture, crafts and other household items.
A Western Red Cedar log home is a responsible option when considering environmental sustainability. This is because a log building incorporating good design and maintenance will easily last for several generations, many homes are still in service 60 and more years after construction. This time span more than allows the forest to regenerate the materials harvested to re-create and grow back. Log homes naturally don’t require as much synthetic material as conventional construction, reducing the industrial footprint of pollution, energy consumption and waste.