Last week, we introduced you to Real Log Homes’ Homepath™ system for guiding you through the building of your log home. Homepath™ consists of five parts of the log home building process that matter the most – Design, Materials, Manufacturing, Construction and Support. Last week, we concentrated on Design since it is important in the initial phases of the build. However, a home’s design would be worthless if it did not incorporate top-quality Materials and Manufacturing processes. Here are some of the ways that the Homepath™ system ensures excellence in Materials and Manufacturing.
Although all logs can check, we manufacture our logs in a way to minimize checking. First, our logs are air-dried rather than kiln-dried, as rapid kiln-drying promotes checking. Second, milling the log from the heartwood of a tree also results in less checking than would occur in sapwood. Third, the logs have a check groove where they dovetail with the log below. Since the logs are wider than they are tall, this helps to reduce checks on the exposed sides. This attention to detail in our logs helps minimize checking and create a log home with superior appearance.
turing process we use to help ensure quality is to treat our logs with Tim-Bor, a non-toxic wood preservative which inhibits decay and insect-infestation. Cedar is not treated due to its natural decay and insect resistance, but all other log species are immersed in Tim-Bor solution to allow the preservative to soak into the log. If a log home is properly maintained, this treatment will provide permanent protection for the life of your log home.
If you’d like to learn more about building a log home please contact the team at Real Log Homes. They’d be happy to walk you through the material options, and even set up a tour of our manufacturing facilities so you can see the materials and cutting process firsthand.
The yellow pine in this home is an uncommon choice, but one we’re happy to work with!
We have talked at length about log profiles, wood floor choices, and even which wood species makes the best firewood, but have not addressed choosing a wood species for your log home. If you have your heart set on a particular species of wood, then we are happy to work with you to make your request work. However, our standard wood species are eastern white pine and western red cedar, and most of our clients choose one of these two species. Here are some of the advantages that make these two species our most popular.
Eastern white pine is great at brightening up a room.
Eastern white pine has so many advantages for use in a log wall, it is no wonder it is the most popular choice for our clients. One of its greatest advantages is that it grows very quickly throughout a large region of the eastern United States and Canada. This means that the wood can be sustainably harvested while remaining an economical choice. Eastern white pine also does not tend to twist like some other woods like southern yellow pine, meaning your log walls will stay true through the years. The wood is also a good insulator, offering an R-value around 1.3 per inch of wall.
Eastern white pine is a pale wood, which can be a great look on its own. It also takes stain readily, allowing you to tailor your log home’s color to your choosing. The wood has a fair number of knots in it, and the knots tend to be on the larger side.
Western Red Cedar has such a wonderful smell that many customers cite it as a major reason for choosing the wood. This smell is also functional, since cedar wood is naturally insect resistant. Cedar is also a visually appealing wood, featuring a reddish tone, along with a very fine and prominent wood grain. The knots in cedar are typically smaller and less frequent, and some customers prefer them to pine knots. It is slightly less insulating than eastern white pine, with an R-value around 1.1 per inch. It is a very popular choice in the west, where it is grown, but is available nationwide. It is more expensive than eastern white pine, especially in the east, but many customers find the wood worth the wonderful sights and smells.
While these are our standard woods, we can educate you on other choices for log walls as well.