Log Home Myths

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Top Five Myths about Log Cabins

There are many myths about owning a log home. Many people let these myths sway their decision of owning one. Proper research can not only prevent this from happening but can also save you time and money in the long run.

Log Homes are not Energy Efficient

This statement is far from true. In fact, log homes when built properly with solid logs are very insulated. A material 's thermal resistance or resistance to heat flow is measured by its R-value. The R-value for wood ranges between 1.41 per inch (2.54 cm) for most softwoods and 0.71 for most hardwoods. Knowing the R-value of the wood used in the build of a cabin you are looking to buy is the best way to determine how energy efficient your cabin actually is.

Wood Boring Insects will be Attracted to Log Homes

Wood-boring insects are attracted to all kinds of wood, but if the cabin is properly maintained the chances of
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The design of the log home greatly impacts the amount of maintenance a log home requires. Just like a conventional home with exterior paint needs fresh paint over time, a log home needs exterior maintenance such as re-staining and resealing exterior logs. Be sure to buy stain and sealer from a company who specializes in log homes to ensure the seal does its job and the exterior logs aren’t damaged.

Log Homes Are More Expensive than Conventional Homes

This statement is only true if the comparison is a log home and a specific type of conventional home. For example, a log home is more expensive to build than a system built home. This is like comparing the most expensive luxury car to the most fuel efficient car. The materials needed to build a log home such as the solid wood logs do cost more than standard boards needed to build a conventional home, but the cost of labor is drastically different because the log home will go up faster than the build of a conventional
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