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Which wood do you prefer for new home construction, white cedar, red cedar, yellow pine, white pine or other? I understand yellow pine is the strongest, cedar the weakest. Any comment would be helpful. Thanks.

Answer:

Definitely not white pine. Either of the cedar's are best against rot, but they are a softer wood with less strength compared to a yellow pine which is quite hard. Cedar tends to get porous over time when hit by the sun and not maintained properly.

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Posted By Lana Schaul
11/9/2007
We are getting ready to retire and build a lake home in Northwest Arkansas. The manufacturer of the log home we wish to build uses only eastern white pine. Your obvious dislike for this wood has us concerned. Would you go so far as to recommend not going with a log home manufacturer if that was only choice?