Difference Between Air Dried and Kiln Dried Logs

Irrespective of the wood species you select to build your log home with, it starts with a freshly cut tree that contain high moisture content. Freshly sawn ‘Green’ logs look and feel wet. For wood to be ready to be used, it needs time to dry out so that it is stable in size and grade. As a natural process wood shrinks when the moisture content lowers. Hardwood can either be “Air Dried,” “Kiln Dried,” or “Green.” It is common practice to either air dry or use kiln drying in order to get the wood ready for use in the marketplace.

Read on to learn about both the processes of Air Drying and Kiln Drying.

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Log Home Deck Design – 12 Things to Think About Before You Build

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All log homes need a deck or porch as a standout feature of their home to define what lies within. With summer about to arrive, everyone is ready to soak up the warm weather and enjoy the outdoors. Nothing is better than a log home deck to add value to your property and also allow you and your family to make use of it frequently to get the most of the great outdoors. Before you start digging, you have to plan and design your deck to go well with your log home.

Here are some tips to keep in mind before building your dream deck for your log home:

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Features You Should Look For in Your Log Wood

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Log home owners are most drawn to the unique and natural characteristics of logs. Log structures are appealing to the eye, touch and also their innate strength. The most important question that comes to people contemplating investing in a log home is the kind of wood that is best suited for log home construction. There are many wood species, each with distinctly different characteristics. The species of wood best suited for your log home construction will depend on a number of factors, such as building style & design, geographic location, and project needs.

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Interior Maintenance of Your Log Home

Wood can look good even as it gets older, with adequate care and proper maintenance. Log home owners take pride in maintaining the natural look and shine of the logs on the outside. But many tend to forget that the inside of the home needs to be kept clean, secure and properly insulated to prevent wood from rotting or damaging. A little bit of regular preventive maintenance on your interior log home walls can save you major repair headaches in the future.

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Log Home Restoration Process – Give Your Log Home A Make Over

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Many log homes lose their sheen early due to lack of proper maintenance. But log home owners need not panic! Log home structures can go from looking worn-down and past their prime to beautiful and glorious, with a little restoration effort, involving four steps-

  1. Log Home Surface Preparation
  2. Log Home Preservation
  3. Log Home Staining
  4. Log Home Sealing

These four basic steps can help give your log home a cosmetic makeover and also protect it structurally. All the steps are equally important and if any are missed out, it could lead to multiple issues cropping up in your log home later such as – air/water infiltration, dust problem, mold and mildew growth, UV breakdown of wood and insect or rodent damage.

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4 Step Log Home Restoration Process – Restore Your Log Home

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Many log homes lose their sheen early due to lack of proper maintenance. But log home owners need not panic.  Log home structures can go from looking worn-down and past their prime to beautiful and glorious, with a little restoration effort, involving four steps-

  1. Log Home Surface Preparation
  2. Log Home Preservation
  3. Log Home Staining
  4. Log Home Sealing

These four basic steps can help give your log home a cosmetic makeover and also protect it structurally. All the steps are equally important and if any are missed out, it could lead to multiple issues cropping up in your log home later such as – air/water infiltration, dust problem, mold and mildew growth, UV breakdown of wood and insect or rodent damage.

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Know the R-Value of Wood for Energy Efficient Log Home

Most people are attracted to wood or log home because of the warmth, beauty and cosines it inspires. When you are building a new log home, keep in mind energy efficiency besides durability and natural beauty of wood. Log homes have been around forever, which shows its staying power when constructed properly. Log homes are more environmentally efficient being made of natural and renewable wood. Homes can be built using green methods, as in logs produced locally or using wind or fire-killer timber or log manufactured using smaller wood and insulating material together. Besides the quality of log, insulation along the logs is another factor in making an energy-efficient home, which can be achieved either by building a wall on the inside of the log wall or insulating the roof with methane foam and sod.

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Make Your Log Home Winter Ready

Time to Make Your Log Home Winter Ready

Now that fall has officially arrived, with the trees changing color and the crispness in the air, it may be the perfect time to get your log home prepared for the cold weather ahead. You may be sad to say goodbye to the sunny skies or looking forward to getting your woollies out, either way you only have a month or so to get your home ready for the changing seasons.  Your log home endures weather extremities, temperature changes and regular wear and tear of the changing seasons too. In order to protect your investment and avoid costly repairs later, you must undertake seasonal maintenance. Depending on your climate the fall season may be too late to prepare if it gets cold quickly.  Regardless of where you live, get a jump start by doing a check-up of your roof and logs before the winter cold, with these helpful tips. With the right measures in place, you do not have to worry about what is coming your way.

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Log Cabin Fireplaces – Light Your Fire

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Latest numbers show that over sixty percent of all new homes constructed have at least one fireplace now. Log homes especially are incomplete without fireplaces. Most log home owners love the warm glow of a fire from either a wood stove or fire place. The cold weather seems more bearable with a cozy fire going in the fireplace or wood stove in your log home. Besides adding to the value of your cabin, both are a low cost heating alternative. There is no universal agreement on what kind of fixture is best for a log home, whether an open, wood-burning fireplace fits better or a wood stove the more utilitarian option? Today there are several energy efficient fireplace choices, such as vented and non-vented fireplaces, gas stoves, wood burning stoves and zero clearance fireplaces. Each may be appealing for varying reasons and it is best to decide what is best for your log home after careful research.

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Add Sunshine to Your Log Home with a Solarium

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Many log homeowners love enjoying an overlook of the stunning landscapes and beauty of nature. There is no better place to take in the radiant scenery or the natural beauty of the outdoors than from the comfort of your own beautiful log home. A solarium is a room built mainly of glass to allow sunlight into your home. A classic glass solarium can be added to perfectly accent your traditional or contemporary log home with just the right measure of warmth and symmetrical finish to match.

Advantages of Adding a Solarium

Solariums may be just the right addition to your log home. Here are some reasons to love solariums:

Sensible and fitting the sunroom creates a new dimension to any log home. It may even become the focal point of your home, seamlessly inviting the picturesque outdoors in.

With a sunroom, you can relax in an environment of warmth and natural flood of sunlight, without even getting out of your favorite armchair. Solariums designed to enjoy the maximum sunlight exposure, naturally warm up from the sun’s rays.

Glass panes in a solarium ensure energy-efficiency, as the room gets enough natural light during the day. You do not need to turn on the lights as much, and this ensures savings on your energy bills.

Solariums are ideal for growing plants all year long. Tending to plants indoors may enable you to defend them from harmful pests and harsh environmental conditions.

Doctors recommend sun exposure for at least 20 minutes a day to help the body produce essential Vitamin D naturally. Relaxing in a sunlit solarium, maybe with a cuppa or your favorite book, can vastly improve your overall health, as Vitamin D is crucial for cell regeneration, good bone health and absorption of calcium. Delay those joint aches from osteoporosis by reinvigorating yourself in the sunroom.

Many people experience winter depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that occurs from not being exposed to enough sunlight during the winter months. They turn to distasteful artificial lights in place of sun exposure.  But the best option when it comes to getting natural sun exposure is solariums that can help you de-stress and lift your mood.

Having a solarium may add to the properly resale value of your log home and it makes for a convenient and cheap way of adding much needed extra space in your log home. With an extension of your living area into the sunroom you also get soul and leisure along with space in the log home of your dreams.

You can creatively express with your sunroom, and design the space for a breakfast corner or an entertaining space. Some people fulfill their dreams by installing a hot tubs or Jacuzzi in their sunrooms for the ideal relaxation retreat. Depending on the size and space available you can use the solarium, as you please to turn it into you dream room.

With so many benefits on offer, if you don’t have one already, let some sunshine into your home with a custom built solarium! Do remember that solariums and your log home need regular cleaning and maintenance to keep it looking beautiful and new through the years.

As the best log home builders and repair experts, we at Performance Log Finishers know how to handle your building project expertly. Call us at 800-781-2551, to keep your log home looking extraordinary through all seasons.