There are many advantages of log homes, which have been an American tradition since our country was founded and long before. Most of our earliest settlers built Log cabins, in fact, some of those earlier log homes are still standing today.
Some European log homes still in use, date back more than 800 years. Also, one log-constructed church in Russia is more than 1,700 years old. So obviously, a log home could benefit not only you, but many generations of your family to come.
Log homes offer many advantages that conventional stick-built structures cannot equal, including these listed below.
An appraisal of a log home can, in some cases, be up to thirty percent higher than the building costs, resulting in instant equity.
A log home’s natural insulating factor provides up to six times the insulating capacity of a brick of equal thickness. Simply stated, a well-built log home is typically warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In most cases, a log home is between 15% and 30% more efficient than a conventional home.
The size of the timbers used in log homes makes a fire very unlikely. Studies show that it is 10 times harder to burn a log home than a home built of lumber. They also show that even cement had more damage from heat than logs, due mainly to cracking.
A conventional structure needs all four exterior walls PLUS some load-bearing interior partitions to support it. But a log dwelling should be able to stand by itself, if need be, with one entire side removed.
Log homes are nearly maintenance-free and more kid proof.
Log homes have a long-established record of surviving natural disasters in much better condition than timber frame houses. Log walls tend to hold everything together in times of storms or earthquakes.
A log home usually meets the Department of Energy’s Energy Star standards. This means that the home is 30% more efficient than what is required by the building codes.