Advantages of Log Home Construction
A log house, is a building built with horizontal logs interlocked at the corners by notching. Milled or handcrafted logs are used in the construction of the buildings, the logs can be vertical, rounded, square or in different shapes. The choice of the type of log to use depends on the area and the environmental condition. For instance, coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce are widely used in large areas of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic States since they are widely available in those regions. Furthermore, the logs of the coniferous trees are also used to construct buildings in Europe, Balkans and the Alps since the areas are cold hence conducive to the growth of such trees. However, in warmer and more westerly regions of Europe, where deciduous trees predominate, timber framing was favored instead. The following are the main types of milled logs, they include D-shaped logs, square logs, full-round logs, as well as Swedish Cope logs. The D-shaped logs, for instance, are flat inside and round on the outside, while the full-round milled logs are fully round inside and out unlike the Swedish cope logs that are round inside and out, with a half-moon-shaped groove on the bottom. The logs houses are constructed using different approaches. 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.
It is believed that constructing log homes comes with a number of benefits both to the owner and to the environment at large. Besides, the trees are renewable resource implying that there will be effective circulation of air over the entire life of the home. Buildings made from wooden logs of strong trees are long lasting. The logs provide good thermal insulation in the home; therefore, one does not need to install an additional heating system. Homes that are made out of logs are strong enough to withstand storms and other natural calamities. 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 hence keeping the home warm throughout. The building and taking care of 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. It is vital to use high quality materials as well as to employ experienced professionals to build it.