Benefits of Building a Log Home
A log house, is a building built with horizontal logs interlocked at the corners by notching. The logs used in the construction may be squared, round or designed in different shapes, either handcrafted or milled. People used logs of different plants depending on the climate of the area. 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. There are exist four main types of milled logs, these include D-shaped logs, square logs, full-round logs, as well as 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 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.
It is believed that constructing log homes comes with a number of benefits both to the owner and to the environment at large. Furthermore, the logs used to build the houses are renewable resource, therefore the building will have a solid green lineage. If you want your house to last for many years, then log constructions are ideal for you. 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. Some log houses have even been known to withstand damage from trees falling on them during particularly bad storms. Log house are considered better for people living in cold regions 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. 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. However, it is recommended that when building a log house, use high quality materials as well as to employ experienced professionals to build it.