Guide to Building a Log Home and Its Benefits While it is true that having a timber frame log house bring you nearer mother nature and its rustic ambiance, there is more to it than just that. Some of these prospective owners might not even be aware that there is more to a log home than the artistic taste one gets out of it, so in order to develop in them a deeper appreciation of their choice it is important to show them in what ways there is more in a log home than in conventional construction of other materials. Since bricks are not attacked by termites and other insects who seek after wood, then people have the impression that it is the most durable construction material to use. One thing we need to know is that when there is a large quantity of wood, it is does really attract wood boring insects. And, added to that, the logs being used for log homes are air or kiln dried logs which are sent through profiling machines, and insects don’t really get attracted to these dry logs. Think about timber homes still standing in Europe for the last 800 years, or the one-log constructed church in Russia reported to be still standing for more than 1,700 years. Another benefit, aside from not being attractive to termites and other boring insects, is that they are load bearing and has a locking system that is much better than brick houses, and so there are countless stories of log or timber homes being able to withstand the worst hurricanes because of this. With log homes, the walls of the house bear the weight above them and it is not like conventional construction where posts bear the load, and with this you have a really solid mass that strong winds will have a hard time to break. Falling trees during hurricanes are not even a threat to a log home since they cannot crash this solid mass, but only dislodge or loosen them since when they are interlocked to form a solid equilateral side, it is very hard to displace them
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A properly sealed log home is a super energy efficient home going beyond building code requirements. A great advantage of building a log or timber home today is that they are fifteen to twenty percent more energy efficient than conventionally constructed homes. With a log house, you don’t need insulation so you don’t face the hassle of replacing them after they are worn out, and for as long as your wall is standing your build in insulation lasts too.
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It is more expensive to build a custom log home with using eight to ten inch logs than building a 2×4 framed home with vinyl siding. What people do not realize, however, is that building a log home saves on labor since logs go up faster. Think how much carpentry is involve in constructing a conventional home, think what other material is necessary to succeed in achieving them compared to simply filing them up one-by-one.

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