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Age-Old Log Home Myths Finally Debunked

Nice Log HomeYou are probably one of those many homeowners who have doubts about log homes and the measures needed to maintain them. You may have also heard horror stories about how they fall quickly into disrepair and thousands of dollars spent trying to bring back this type of property’s original value.

Damage to property and costly repairs do happen, either because homeowners are unaware of wood upkeep or they have completely overlooked the importance of proper log home maintenance. But if you educate yourself and come up with a concrete plan on how to take care of your unique abode, you can surely avoid all those unnecessary expenses.

Below are some of the biggest misconceptions about log-home maintenance that you should set aside.

Myth #1: Termites and other insects will be attracted to log homes.

Contrary to what most people believe, wood boring insects such as termites, carpenter ants, and powderpost beetles are not attracted to large quantities of wood. If the log home is constructed using green and unseasoned lumber, then these insects will eventually settle down under the bark during warm season and live there for several years.

More Termite Damage

And when the wood is dry, termites and carpenter ants would no longer be attracted to the logs. In fact, some log home experts say they’ve never even seen termites in log homes!

Myth #2: Log homes are fire hazards.

This very common misconception is apparently an argument that goes against logic and common sense. Whenever you start a fire in the fire place, you actually use small wood and sometimes even twigs and small branches simply because smaller pieces catch fire more quickly.

Log Home fire Place

A log home is built out of very large portions of wood with lots of mass that make it very hard to ignite. You don’t have to be concerned about the risks of burning wood because a solid log wall is very resistant to high temperature.

Myth #3: Log homes rot easily.

We all know that wood does rot, but with log homes, it only happens if the moisture content is between 30% to 60%. Dry wood will never rot and with a properly designed log home, you will never have to worry about a rotted and decaying structure. A log home with adequate down spouts, rain gutters and rood overhangs will be able to endure the harshest conditions.

Vandevert Log Home

A lot of people tend to experience rotting problems due to the fact that they have defied logic. They spend a few hours tending their lawn but have never bothered to look after the property’s structure.

Apparently, log home maintenance is very important and beneficial as evidenced by those log structures found in Europe. These log homes are still in great shape even after hundreds of years.

Ruka Log Cabin

Myth #4: Log homes are very difficult to maintain.

With the advent of modern technology, people have been swamped with many enticing low maintenance claims. Since everyone wants to save time and energy, options that allow them to do that are what many people choose and homeowners tend to do the same.

Log cabin restaurant

The truth is, log homes are quite easy to maintain. The first step to log-home upkeep is ensuring proper design and the ease of living in a this type of abode will follow. While you have made sure that you have a well-designed structure, you must not also forget to conduct periodic maintenance, just like you would do on a traditional home.

Just like with any home, there will be instances wherein drastic measures are required in order to bring back the structure into its original condition. These tasks, however, are a necessity of every home, not just one made out of log.

Log Cabin in the Woods

Myth #5: Logs are not good insulators.

Most log homes have an insulative value of at least 25% higher than the standard construction. Timber is actually made up of tiny air pockets that are necessary in resisting heat flow. R-value, a thermal resistance, is based on the resistance to heat transfer . Because logs don’t resist the transfer of heat, they don’t have an R-value.

An old log home

Logs have U-value, a measure of how well the building element transfers heat. And because the heat flow through logs is quite slow, log homes do get thermal mass benefits. Thermal mass pertains to a substance’s ability to store heat and diversity it back.

Myth #6: All log stains are the same.

Well, each stain company has its own system when it comes to log home maintenance. So before you even begin any upkeep task, make sure you educate yourself on all the systems and identify which approach will work for you.

Wood  Stains

Some of the most important things you need to factor in when making a decision are age of the log home, environmental conditions and type of wood used.

Myth #7: Log homes are not energy efficient.

People who have never lived in a log home are usually the ones who tell others that these types of homes are not energy efficient. Well, this is totally untrue for log structures that are well-designed and manufactured to the highest standards.

Log Cabin restoration

Most building codes only acknowledge the “R” factor which does not permit the tightness of a well-built log structure. The mass of the wood which is responsible for holding the heat is apparently considered.

According to the United States’ Department of Energy, hardwoods must have the R-value of .71 per inch and softwoods must have 1.41 per inch. This means that a seven inch log wall will never meet the R-value because of its thickness.

Myth #8: Log homes require more time to build the conventional ones.

It doesn’t really take that much time to build a log home if it were to be constructed by those who are knowledgeable about this type construction. When you put a log in place, you are already building the home’s interior, its exterior, as well as the insulation and structural component all at once.

Log home

After the log walls are up, you are actually done with the structure’s exterior. What is left to take care of are the interior and exterior finishes and some personal touches you’d like to add.

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