Are log homes energy efficient?
Yes. Log construction is among the most energy efficient forms of construction. The thermal mass of log material does not allow for the easy transfer of heat from one side of the log wall to the other. This keeps your log home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Think about the location where log homes are often built – they represent some of the harshest climate areas in the country. For more information, the following article prepared by the Log Homes Council details an in-depth study on this topic: The Energy Performance of Log Homes
How do you install plumbing in a log home?
Only the exterior walls are constructed from solid logs. The interior partition walls are conventionally framed to accommodate the pipes and drains.
How do you wire a log home?
Log walls are drilled on site during construction to provide a wire chase through which electrical wiring is fed for any outlets or switch boxes that are in your log walls. You can also run wiring through the partition walls. You will have to consider your roof wiring needs for items such as ceiling lights and fans before installing your roof decking.
Are log homes maintenance free?
No, but they are relatively easy to maintain. Periodically, you will need to apply a good log home preservative which can protect your home anywhere from 3 to 5 years from the initial application. This maintenance schedule will vary depending upon several factors such as the house design, climate conditions, home site, amount of sun and wind exposure, etc. For more information, the following article prepared by the Log Homes Council provides a good introduction to log home preservation: Preservation & Maintenance of Log Structures