Log Home Myths
The log home industry sprang up entirely from consumer demand. Inspired by the Great Camps of the Adirondacks and the Great Lodges built in our National parks, architects began to combine logs, stone and windows to create new ecological designs with rustic elegance.
Myth 1: A log home require more maintenance than a conventional home
Truth: Today’s modern log homes don’t require any more maintenance than conventional homes.
The interior poly-sealed walls will never need to be redone! The exterior of the home should be refurbished periodically, just as conventional homes with an exterior of paint must be. Use a good log oil stain, such as Ready Seal every 7-10 years. Wood can rot, but only between the moisture content of 30% to 60%. But a properly designed log home (or any home for that matter) with adequate roof overhangs, rain gutters, down spouts and periodic maintenance will endure for generations.
Myth 2: Insects are attracted to log homes
Truth: Wood boring insects are not attracted to the large quantities of kiln-dried wood of which log homes are constructed. Green, unseasoned logs with the bark still on can allow wood boring insects to become established under the bark during the summer. Like any home, use of a pest management service to protect a log home is wise.
Myth 3: Log homes are not energy efficient
Truth: Modern log homes are well designed and manufactured/constructed tightly to current standards. Today’s log homes can easily meet or exceed the performance of conventional construction. Indeed, a host of scientific studies have proven that homes built with solid log walls are typically 5-15% more energy efficient than standard stick frame construction, according to studies conducted by The National Bureau of Standards, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Research Center of the National Association of Home Builders. Most building codes only use an "R" factor which does not take into account the huge thermal mass of wood which holds heat/air conditioning far better than flimsy stud homes. Obviously, there is a reason why log homes are still preferred in very cold climates such as Canada and Alaska!
Myth 4: Log homes are a fire hazard
Truth: When you start a fire in the fireplace or build a campfire, you start with small pieces of wood.... not large solid logs. When a fire gets into the walls of a stud frame home, a chimney is formed in the open walls and the fire is rapidly spread. A solid log wall is very resistant to heat due to its mass. Researchers have put a propane torch against a log wall, but the log wall would not hold a flame and burn of its own. When a log home burns, the sub floor, interior walls and the conventional roofing is the first to go. The log walls would be last.