Benefits of Building a Log Home
A log house is a dwelling that is constructed using logs. 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. On the other hand, deciduous trees are widely used in warmer and more westerly regions of Europe to construct houses. The main categories of milled logs include D-shaped logs, square logs, full-round logs, and Swedish Cope logs. The types of milled logs have different features, 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 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. The Scandinavian Full-Scribe method, for instance, 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 thereby creating a sealing system.
The following are the reasons why log and timber buildings are better that the brick buildings. First and foremost, the logs used to build the houses are renewable resource, therefore the building will have a solid green lineage. The log houses are also long lasting. Furthermore, when you construct a log house, you do not have to incur cost in installing heating system since the timber itself provides good thermo insulation. Log homes are safe during stormy weather. 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. 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. However, it is recommended that when building a log house, use high quality materials as well as to employ experienced professionals to build it.