Advantages of Log Home Construction
A log house is a dwelling that is constructed using logs. 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. 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. The main categories of milled logs include D-shaped logs, square logs, full-round logs, and 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 following are the main methods of constructing log houses. 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. The log houses are also long lasting. Beside, the log houses do not need additional 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 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.