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. 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. Moreover, people in Europe, Balkans and the Alps use the logs of the coniferous trees are also used to construct buildings. 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 following are the main methods of constructing log houses. The main methods include 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 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. If you want your house to last for many years, then log constructions are ideal for you. 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. However, it is recommended that when building a log house, use high quality materials as well as to employ experienced professionals to build it.