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Types Of Logs For Log Homes

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Types Of Logs For Log Homes

There are many types of logs (we'll call them wall logs) for the log home industry. Let's focus on two types:

#1) log on log with a tongue and groove, cope, or spline detail - d-logs, swedish cope logs, half-round logs, double-d logs, etc.

- this log system is normally a shaped log having been dried to a certain level (air dried{AD} or kiln dried{KD})

- having been dried, AD or KD logs have minimal expansion and/or contraction (if any) so the logs can be dealt with easily at the time of construction  

- normally the log is milled to certain specs/sizes so inside and outside carpentry details are easier to apply

- log home mills can set up machinery so a production of sort can be used and therefore more efficient and cheaper for the contractor/homeowner

- this log type is definitely easier to handle by both contractors and do-it-your-selfers.

- properly installed, AD or KD logs weather proofing (cleaning, caulking, staining, etc.) will be easier and cheaper during construction than other types of logs. Maintenance of AD or KD logs is also easier and cheaper.


#2) true chink logs and/or different size/diameter natural round logs

- installation of true chink and/or the natural round logs needs a professional - no offense to the average do-it-your-selfer but dovetails, saddle notches, coping ends, center dowel and splines, etc. are not things to be learned and applied by watching a 2 minute video, this can be expensive and frustrating for the non-professional

- insulation, foam grip strip, chinking or caulking joints will need to be done inside and outside (a great look)

- true look of log cabins (think 75 years old and older) 

- will most likely have to deal with expansion and contraction of the logs more so than the log on log during construction and maintenance after

- normally larger than the average log on log, true chink or natural round logs properly installed and maintained can be a very efficient log home 

- based on your location true chink or natural round logs can be more or less expensive (think west coast tree size vs east coast tree size)