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Log Home Research on the Internet
Doing your log home research on the internet is a great start but what do you look for, what do you ask and what does it mean to invest in a log home? Here are some tips.
- How do the heating and cooling bills compare to a regular stick built home? Log homes are naturally energy efficient but an experienced company will be able to tell you how their logs and your ceiling design will affect the temperature regulation of your log home.
- What is the shrinkage allowance on this log home? Logs shrink as they age and lose moisture. Different companies may suggest that their logs shrink less than others because of various processes they put them through. the most important thing is that the company has put some thought into allowing your home to settle in ways that won’t cause major structural damage for example breaking a window or door.
- How does a log home compare in the market place for re-sale? A manufacturer may have a lot to say about this but remember that it is all about location. If you live in an area without many log homes it will be difficult to comapare sales and it may suggest that your pool of potential buyers is smaller, or you may get a boost from ‘rarity value’. Many of the same re-sale issues that apply to stick homes apply to log homes; unusual designs may hurt you but excellent and consistent maintenance will always give your home a boost when it is time to sell.
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If you are lucky enough to be able to tour a model log home here are some things to ask your host.
- What is the maintenance for your home? They should be able to give you a good sense of the seasonal tasks to perform to make sure your log home is standing up to the elements and will continue to do so.
- How often will I have to re-stain the outside? There is a difference between a full re-stain and a ‘touch up’. Most likely you will only need to fully re-stain logs after several years but more important than counting the years is knowing what logs look like when they need to be re-stained and when to simply ‘touch up’.
- Do I need to stain or treat the inside of the logs? Most of the important treatment to your logs will be done on the outside but inside treatment may be necessary if there has been water damage. A good clear stain will serve you well but be aware of using an outside stain on the inside due to toxic fumes that may build up.
- Will I need to chink my home? If you have a milled double tongue and groove log home there will be no need to chink although some owners choose to chink the home for the aesthetic look ….. just another maintenance issue! However, a Hand Crafted log home will always need to be chinked.
- What should I do about the ‘checks’ (cracks) in the logs? Checks allow water to settle inside the wood, eventually causing your wood to rot. The manufacturer should have a recommended way to fill checks with stain and caulk that will make them weather tight again. However, checks on the inside add to the character of the home and need not be chinked unless that is your preference.
The content of this newsletter represents the opinions of Footprint Log Homes based on our previous experiences. Because every home and every homeowner is unique, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be the same.
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