Log homes have been around for centuries, however in recent years interest in them has increased and for good reason. There are a number of benefit for choosing a log structure for your home or garden room – see below:
1) Trees are renewable
Due to the fact that trees are renewable, log and timber come with a solid green pedigree. When you use solid logs, your home will be able to effectively take carbon found in those logs out of the environmental circulation over the entire life of the home.
Besides, some of the log and timber home producers get their products from standing dead timber caused by pesky insects or buy logs from those forests certified as sustainable. There are builders who build log and timber homes to green building standards as well.
Do you have a know it all in the neighborhood who thinks that his or her brick home is durable? Then tell him that log timber homes have been in use in Europe for more than 800 years. Additionally, it is reported that one church in Russia made from logs is more than 1,700 years young.
3) Withstand hostile weather conditions
There have been many stories of log and timber homes withstanding the worst weather conditions like in 2005 when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita happened.
Hurricane's Rita winds felled a huge oak tree which then fell on the roof of the home of Mr. Menlo Klingman and his wife Mickey. The home found in Eastern Texas measured 1,700 sq ft and made from Satterwhite logs and timber.
The solid log walls used to construct the home were able to withstand the weight of the tree hence preventing more damage. Mickey said that she is sure that the log and timber home is what saved their lives.
4) Fit the land
According to loghouse.ie, because of the fact that this organic building material is natural, the structures will blend into the topography. The best things about log homes is that they blend well with the landscape instead of appearing awkward because they have been imposed on the landscape.
5) Fast framing
The shell of a home using pre-drilled and pre-cut log system or a home that is handcrafted is faster compared to conventional stick framing. This will help reduce the chances of damages caused by the weather or mold and mildew issues.
With the right crew and building system, it can be weather tight within as less as two weeks for an average home. Conventional construction, on the other hand, is exposed to these elements for a longer period of time leading to mold issues within the framing of your home. This can thrive unnoticed for many years.
6) Warmth of wood
The wood is always warm to touch opposed to the ever chilly sheetrock. This is due to the fact that wood has something known as thermal mass which keeps the inside temperatures at home comfortable in all seasons. Therefore log walls can easily collect and store energy and later radiate it back into your home.
7) Super energy efficient
To have a super energy efficient home, you need to seal your home properly. This involves sealing between the foundation and the first course of logs between log-to-log connections and the point where the roof system meets the log wall.
Some builders usually build homes made of log and timber to adhere to the standards of DOE's "Energy Star”. This is why the house will be more efficient by 30% than what building codes require. Doing this will help you save serious coins over the life of the home.