Advantages of Log Home Construction
Log houses are structure made of logs of different shapes and sizes. In most cases logs of different shapes and sizes are used in construction of houses; the logs can be milled or handcrafted. The weather condition of an area plays a vital role on the type of log to use in the construction. In countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic States, coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce, are largely used to build log houses since such trees are readily available. Besides, regions of Europe, Balkans and the Alps also use the coniferous trees to construct their buildings. However, in warmer and more westerly regions of Europe, where deciduous trees predominate, timber framing was favored instead. The main categories of milled logs include D-shaped logs, square logs, full-round logs, and Swedish Cope logs. The choice of the milled logs depends on the use since they are made of different shape and design, for instance D-shaped logs are flat inside and round on the outside, while the full-round milled logs are fully round inside and out unlike the rounded Swedish cope logs both on the inside and outside, with a half-moon-shaped groove on the bottom. The universally accepted methods of constructing log houses include the following. For instance, the Scandinavian Full-Scribe is naturally-shaped, smoothly-peeled logs which are scribed and custom-fitted to one another while the In the flat-on-flat method, logs are flattened on the top and bottom and then stacked, however, Milled log houses are built with a groove system that assists in aligning one log to another and creates a system to seal out the elements.
The following are the advantages of construction log and timber homes. Furthermore, the logs used to build the houses are renewable resource, therefore the building will have a solid green lineage. Buildings made from wooden logs of strong trees are long lasting. Beside, the log houses do not need additional heating system since the timber itself provides good thermo insulation. Some log houses have even been known to withstand damage from trees falling on them during particularly bad storms. If you are staying in a cold area, then you need to construct a log house since the log walls are able to collect and store the sun’s energy during the day, then radiate it back into the home in the evening. Besides, constructing a log house seems to be expensive when one first hear all the numbers, however, the building of a log cabin is no more expensive than the building of a brick house, furthermore, it is faster to build the log home hence the building expenses will be less. Using high quality materials as well as employing experienced professionals to build your log house are key factors that will make it to last for many years.