Northern white cedar is our wood species of choice for some very good reasons. White cedar has a unique cellular structure, which makes it very resistant to insects, rot, decay and shrinkage. Its light, consistent coloring holds finishes well. And much like cork, it will not absorb moisture. Cedar is a soft wood, and when combined with our end matching, is easy to work with. These characteristics make white cedar the most durable wood log siding available in the market place.
A white cedar log siding house or timber-crafted home is much less difficult to preserve than wood sided homes that use pine or red cedar products. White cedar does not have knots that will bleed or decay like pine products. The only protection you will need is a stain to keep our product from turning a grey color from ultra violet light.
There are many good stain choices that can be used, though they will need to be renewed periodically depending on how much sun light the walls are exposed to. A quick check is to spray water on the surface and look for discoloring. If the water beads, the finish is still providing protection.
Absolutely, we have and continue to ship material throughout the United States, Canada, Cayman Islands, Thailand and Japan. Don't let the distance from your jobsite to our mill influence your decision. Remember quality white cedar can only be found in the upper Midwest.
Any freight charges you incur will be a very minor cost when compared to your home or commercial project. In addition, we might be able to combine your order with another customer's delivery to reduce freight costs.
We have found in our 60 years of being in business white cedar is the absolute best wood species available. We have tried less expensive species, and even owned a mill in Montana which utilized lodge pole pine, but found that the longevity of white cedar, no warranty expenses and our satisfied customers more than paid for the difference in cost. However, we do produce white pine log siding. Of all of the pine species, white pine is the best when properly kiln dried.
We began in 1947 as Boyne Falls Log Homes and became Town & Country Cedar Homes in the early 1970's. We are the second oldest consecutively producing log home company in the United States.
If you are interested in seeing our products contact us and we will try to find a location close to where you are building. If possible, the very best way to see our products is a tour of our mill and production buildings. You would find the tour most interesting and informative.
Most definitely not! We offer the finest northern white cedar and white pine available; hand scribed and engineered roof systems, trims and paneling products. With our $3,000,000 of inventory on hand we can quickly supply any products you will need for your log or timber project. Plus, don't forget the 60+ years of experience.
We will not ship our log home and log siding products until the wood has been kiln dried to its appropriate moisture content level. White cedar is a very stable wood, but it needs to be kiln-dried so the customer does not experience any dimensional changes in their finished material. Air drying or inadequate kiln-drying is not sufficient.
You will be dealing directly with the professionals who actually manufacture your products and reduce the possibility of errors and eliminate the added costs of distribution. All of the other materials you need to complete your project can be purchased at your local lumberyard.