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. In countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic States, coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce, are largely used to build log houses since such trees are readily available. Moreover, people in Europe, Balkans and the Alps use the logs of the coniferous trees are also used to construct buildings. However, in warmer and more westerly regions of Europe, where deciduous trees predominate, timber framing was favored instead. 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.
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. Beside, the log houses do not need additional 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. 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. It is vital to use high quality materials as well as to employ experienced professionals to build it.