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"We bought our log cabin four years ago. It was a total wreck from years of neglect - carpenter ants/bees, water damage/staining from leaking roof and skylights, etc. But it was six beautiful acres with a private lake one hour from the city... Before we made the decision to tear the house down and start over, we met Ian and his team.

They literally "camped out" in the house for six weeks and totally stripped/stained and resealed the entire house! Four bedrooms, two full baths, great room, kitchen, hallways and the entire outside- including a wrap around deck- was refurbished and protected. And Ian has stayed in touch every year. He just checked on us and this past summer re-sealed the home’s exterior.

The house is our weekend refuge from our insanely, busy workweek. We are there almost every Friday night. The stress just melts away as we pull onto our road and see the perfect house up on the hill overlooking our lake. It's great to know we have someone like Ian if we have any issues. He's always reachable and does a great job!"

Judith Sampson

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Log Home Inspections

You are purchasing a new log home or you already own a cabin and you are concerned about its maintenance. Regular building inspectors are not always familiar with the finer points of log home construction. You need an experienced log home contractor to make sure investment will stand the test of time. Performance Log Finishers can examine many aspects of log construction and finishingthat others cannot. These area include, but not limited to, these areas identified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and other sources:

Log Home Interior Inspection Item

  • Log wall interior: Interior surfaces of log walls, should be examined for separation between logs, including light or air penetration from outdoors, separation between exterior log wall and interior partition walls and separation between log walls and interior ceilings.
  • Windows: Log home windows including glass and frames should be examined and may need to be replaced during restoration.
  • Doors: Most log homes have multiple doors. Due to the many times the doors are opened and closed over the years, the doors are often not in good working order and require repair during restoration.
  • Air Leaks: Log homes can develop air leaks. Air-dried logs are about 15–20% water when homes are constructed. As logs dry over a period of years, the logs shrink and gaps may open, creating air leaks. Air leaks can be reduced by if logs are dried for at least six months before construction starts. Many manufacturers kiln dry logs to prevent such problems. The best woods to use to avoid this problem, in order of effectiveness: Cedar, Spruce, Pine, Fir and Larch.
  • Moisture in Log Homes: Tree cells can naturally absorb water, which can lead to wood rot and insect infestation. One way of controlling moisture is use of waterproofed and insecticide-treated logs and reapplication of such treatments every few years for the life of the house. Roof over-hangs, gutters, downspouts and drainage plains can also help prevent moisture damage.

Exterior Log Home Inspection Items

  • Log walls exterior:: Exterior surfaces of walls should be examined for log rot and decay overall appearance, presence of mold, mildew, fungus, cracks, discoloration, loose or missing caulking, adequate log sealants, separation of joints, condition of chinking and condition of log ends.
  • Roofs: Roofs should be examined for to check for problems indicated by humps or valleys, roof material condition, flashing condition and seals around chimneys and vents. Gutters, downspouts and fascia should also be examined.
  • Wall Construction: The walls are made of logs that are notched at corners. Corner notching provides stability by locking the log ends in place, enabling the logs to fit together in a secure manner. Different types of corner notching include "saddle" notching and "V" notching or "steeple" notching, which get their name from the shape of the notch cut into the wood. Another commonly used technique, "square" notching, differs in that the logs are secured with the addition of pegs or spikes.
  • Chinking:The spaces between logs are usually filled with a combination of materials in a process known as "chinking" and "daubing." This process seals the exterior walls, protecting them from weather and animal damage.
  • Chimney: Many log homes feature fireplaces and chimneys that may sink or deteriorate over time.

Log Home Site & Code Inspection Items

  • Site Condition: Signs of insects, grade and distance from structure, vegetation and soil.
  • Log Home Type: Log homes can be made from handcrafted logs (logs that are individually fit together), or milled logs (machine-lathed logs). Some homes are Insulated log home, built with half-logs attached to a standard frame structure.
  • Foundation: Log home foundation types include slab, block, and poured concrete and can include crawl spaces or full basements. Foundations should be examined for cracks and general condition.
  • Energy Codes: Some states, including Pennsylvania, Maine, and South Carolina, exempt log-walled homes from normal energy compliance regulations. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.2 standard contains a thermal mass provision that may make it easier to get approval in those states that base their codes on this standard.