A great benefit is that Cypress trees generate a naturally occurring preservative oil called Cypressene that makes cypress heartwood more resistant to insects, decay, chemical corrosion and other damaging exterior elements. For this reason, Cypress has been longtime favorite providing peace of mind.
By the way, Cypress trees are unique self-generating trees, unlike the pines and cedars. As the parent tree is cut down and removed it sprouts several babies that feed on the existing established parent tree root system allowing the newly sprouted trees great advantages and faster growth as a starting tree. Some say the “knees” tree stalagmites provide oxygen to the roots, and also anchor and support the tree in an unstable environment. Some “knees” have been reported to be up to 13 feet tall.
This is why many call Cypress a true Green Product. Cypress trees harvested today are not clear cut like pine. They are selectively cleared to prevent overcrowding which allows for stronger and better growth which is necessary for a thriving ecosystem.
The Cypress tree is a conifer, but unlike most softwoods, they are deciduous trees that shed their foliage in the fall like hardwoods. It grows alongside hardwoods and is traditionally grouped and manufactured with hardwoods. Cypress wood is heavier and denser due to the tight growth rings. Which allows for less settling, checking and twisting on Log Home construction. Cypress has long been a favorite choice for long-wearing outdoor materials applications as a fence post, pilings, docks, telephone post, railroad ties to stakes for farming.
What did Noah’s Ark and the first doors of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome have in common? Legend has it that both were made of the durable wood we know as Cypress.
In fact, the doors of the original St. Peter’s were more than 1,100 years old when the building was torn down and reconstructed in the 1,500’s.
The ancient Greek historian Herodotus wrote that the Egyptians used cypress to entomb their mummies. Plato, the great philosopher, insisted his code of laws be engraved on cypress wood.
If your looking for the best wood available for building your dream Log Home and or Log Cabin, then Heart-Cut Cypress can’t be beat. Cypress Log Homes will give you a chemical free home with less maintenance, resistance from decay and insects that will last your family for generations.
Log Home Guys is a top provider of heart-cut cypress log homes and cypress cabins in the log home industry. Start with calling us now to help you get started with your dream log home.
Cypress log homes and cypress structures are said
to be some of the oldest in the world.
Photo to the left features St. Augustine School House, touted as the oldest schoolhouse in the USA. Made from cypress this structure first appears on tax records in 1716 but may have been built as early as 1702.
Cypress was a favorite building material of Frank Lloyd Wright, where cypress graces the floors, walls, and cabinetry in many of the famous architect’s creations.
“He who looks before he leaps, builds of cypress and builds for keeps” was displayed on a cypress sign by the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association
and displayed at the New York World’s Fair in 1939.