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.
Each year more wood is destroyed by decay than by all fires, floods and termites combined. The secret log home destroyer and the ultimate master of disguise is fungus! Fungi are responsible for a majority of rotten logs on log homes. In favorable environmental conditions, fungi will essentially eat the wood of your home, leading to decay and rot. Fungi use a straw-like structure called hyphae to release digestive enzymes into their environment that break down wood so that the fungi can readily absorb the nutrients from the wood, causing rotten logs.
When you are thinking about different materials that you can use on your home’s interior or exterior, chinking remains a popular option for log cabin style homes. This is a material that is commonly used for both its aesthetic and functional benefits because of its affordability and relative ease of use. With a closer look at what these advantages are, you may decide that applying chinking on your log cabin home is a great option for you.