November 25, 2014
The Need to Knows of Owning a Log Home
Are you looking to buy or build a log home? Did you recently purchase a log home? We’ve got everything that you’ll need to know about log homes right here to make sure you have all the information you need to properly build or maintain your log home. Maintenance will be a very important part of owning a log home. Whether it’s an older log home that you’re refurbishing or one that is brand new. Over time logs settle because of the once living cells that make up the log are shrinking. This means that you will need to account for the moving that the logs will do over time due to this shrinkage. This may lead to needing to add more chinking or sealing around your windows and doors. Another large aspect of owning a log home is keeping the wood protected. Using sealants and protective stains will keep the logs on your home looking beautiful and allow them to last longer. Architectural style is not limited when building a log home. Most people think of log homes as rustic style, but there is no reason that every log home needs to be built this way. You can design your log home to be more modern looking or as classic as you wish. Keep in mind that some designs can be costly, especially those with lots of large windows. Market values on log homes are higher than conventional counterparts, because there are significantly less log homes than the “stick-frame” style that is most common. This may cause your appraiser to have a difficult time valuing your home using other homes in your area. Typically there is a 20-30% higher value for a log home than if it were built using conventional style. Log homes are Insured different than stick framed homes. When finding insurance for your home, make sure that you pay careful attention to the kind of coverage you’re getting. Log homes require more specialized coverage. Most larger insurance providers offer log home coverage just make sure your agent is familiar with covering log homes. You can find all the products you need to build, maintain or restore your log home at Timeless Wood Care. Call, email, or come visit us to discuss what we can do to help your log home dreams come true!