Why Choose Cedar Timbers?
- Strong and Dimensionally Stable
Solid wood homes have been around for years. They are easy
to build, perform better thermally than framed homes and look quite distinctive
from the exterior as well as the interior. Now, with laminated timbers,
we can provide even more - a considerably higher level of stability and
- Strong and Dimensionally Stable
Our engineered laminated
timbers are simply far superior to solid-cut timbers. Because our wall
timbers are fabricated from kiln-dried lumber, we offer an exceptional
level of dimensional stability - virtually eliminating checking, twisting,
warping and shrinkage.
in the mid 1950's, laminated timbers have become the industry standard
for tight fitting solid wall construction. Today, laminated timbers
are the first choice when the natural beauty of wood and the structural
integrity of a timber system is called upon to distinguish a design.
Each lamination within
the timber is bonded with an exterior type waterproof adhesive, cured
under high pressure using high frequency electronics in a radio frequency
(RF) press. Center laminations can be offset and machined to form a tongue
and groove on both edges (center match) and the ends (end match) of the
Faces of the timber
(sides that are visible) are carefully chosen from decorative grade stock,
usually in cedar or pine. You can mix and match! Choose cedar for the
exterior and pine for the interior if you like!
The result is a product
of high strength, dimensionally stable with a superior appearance.
- Fire Safe
Laminated timbers have an excellent fire-resistive quality.
When subject to a constant flame, our wall timbers retain a significantly
higher percentage of their original strength for a longer period of time
as compared to a frame wall. Without air spaces, such as is found in framed
walls, it is far more difficult for fire to spread. Our popular 6-lam
timber is rated as a 1-hour firewall compared to a standard 2x6 framed
wall which is 1/2-hour fire rated.
- Energy Efficiency
Although there are many factors which contribute to the
overall energy efficiency of your home, perhaps the most important are
these:. air infiltration, site orientation (can your home be placed facing
south?), thermal mass, the amount and placement of glass and the insulation
values in walls and ceilings.
Our precision milled
timbers are bonded together with a self-sealing adhesive which virtually
eliminates air infiltration. Our exacting standards assure your home will
While it's best to
be facing the majority of the glass (especially the high glass) to the
south, if your site does not lend itself to this we have timbers developed
that insulate better than others. Where you can face south, our high-mass
timber walls, such as our 5-lam absorb the sun's heat and
remain warm for a longer period. This effect mitigates the temperature
fluctuations found in traditionally framed homes of lesser mass. Our customers
tell us our timber homes outperform their expectations!
Celings and roofs
in our homes are normally R-30. You can easily achieve higher values by
increasing the thickness of the rigid insulating foam. We can help design
the correct value based on your preference, local codes and your budget.
How much glass is
in your home and where it's placed also significantly effect the overall
thermal performance. We work hard to achieve the correct balance - let
us put our 21 years of experience to work for you!
- Reduced Maintenance
Our laminated timber homes require far less maintenance
than either log homes or standard framed homes! Log homes constantly settle,
check and split. Our homes have virtually no settlement, checking or splitting.
Framed homes have nailed-on siding - subject to nail which "bleed"
and stain the wood, often times siding will split at the ends and shrink.
There are no nails needed with our timbers! Our timbers look and feel
(and are!) more solid. Customers tell us the woodpeckers leave our homes
alone because they don't sound hollow!
- Design Flexibility
Perhaps there will be a day when we are unable to design
a particular home in our laminated timbers. But it hasn't happened so
far! From the all time favorite alpine styles to more contemporary homes
- the designs are almost limitless with our timbers. Just check out a
few of them in our gallery of homes!