Whether you are considering building a log home, or purchasing one,  understanding more about the types of timbers used to build these unique homes can be valuable in helping you make informed decisions.  As you’ve probably found, there are several types of timber commonly used in the construction of log homes today. These timbers vary in terms of their appearance, durability, and availability. Here are some of the more popular options:


Eastern White Pine and Western White Pine are commonly used due to their straight grain and minimal knotting. They are relatively lightweight and easy to work with.


Western Red Cedar is known for its natural resistance to decay and insects. It has a pleasant aroma and a distinctive reddish-brown color.


Engelmann Spruce and Sitka Spruce are often chosen for their straightness and strength. They are typically lighter in color.

Douglas Fir

This timber is known for its strength and durability. It has a reddish-brown color and is often used for structural elements in log homes.


Hemlock is strong and widely available, making it a cost-effective choice for log homes. It has a pale color and can be stained to achieve various shades.


Although less common, cypress is known for its natural resistance to decay and insects. It has a light color that darkens over time.


White Oak and Red Oak are occasionally used for log homes, but they are heavier and denser than other options. They offer excellent durability but can be more challenging to work with.


Pecan wood is valued for its rich color and strength. It’s less common but can be used for log home construction, especially for accents and interiors.


Juniper is known for its unique appearance, with twisted and gnarled grains. It’s often chosen for its rustic and distinctive look.

The choice of timber depends on factors like budget, climate, desired aesthetics, and regional availability. Each type of timber has its own characteristics, so it’s important to consider these factors when selecting the best wood for your log home construction. Additionally, proper sealing, maintenance, and treatment are crucial to ensure the longevity and stability of your log home, regardless of the timber you select.  The team at 888 Log Guys works on restoring log homes of all types all over the mid-west.  We are here to help if you have questions regarding maintenance and restorations.