Log Cabin Homes for Sale
If you have been searching for log cabin homes for sale, it’s likely you’ve become overwhelmed with the amount
of information about log cabin homes for sale. On this web site we will attempt to answer some of the questions
that may have arisen in the back of your mind during your search for an affordable log cabin for sale.
First, I would like to address many of the persistent misconceptions about log cabin construction which has
plagued the industry of log cabin houses. Some of these concerns are “settling is a problem”, “the log cabin
interior is dark”, log cabin homes use to much timber”, “log cabin houses are very difficult to heat”, “log cabin
house plans develop the most energy efficient homes”, “cedar log homes are hard to heat”, “log cabin homes are made
entirely of wood therefore that must be a fire hazard“. “Log Homes are inexpensive to buy or build”.
Log Cabins and Heating
Wood has an excellent R value, which is what makes such a great building material. Actually, it is probably THE
best construction material. It’s very resistant to transferring cold and heat. An R value of 1.5 per inch is what
you will find in a pine log, what this comes down to is wood logs are far superior to brick, which is R- 0.02 but
only one half as good a fiberglass which comes in at R3.1per inch.. It goes without saying that the thicker a log
wall is the better the R value. Milled log walls, six inches thick come in at about an R- 10, while custom log
homes for sale with a fifteen inch diameter log walls would exceed R- 22, which is very good considering there is
no additional insulation factored in the calculation.
Water vapor has virtually no effect on the R value in log cabin building because log cabin logs create a solid
insulation, as apposed to fiberglass or cellulose, which is space filling insulation, and is mostly air. This
requires a vapor barrier, generally made from plastic, to keep the water vapor from infiltrating it. The R value of
fiberglass insulation falls off dramatically when water vapor invades it. Even humidity can have serious affect on
fiberglass insulation. Because logs are solid there is no need for any type of barrier.
Log Cabin Packages and Air Penetration
In order for any log cabin homes for sale in cold climates to be energy efficient, they must be tight. Even small
log cabins that realistically could have thousands and thousands of linier feet of wood on wood joints, sealing
this many joints could be a dauntless task. The use of building gaskets in the groves and notches should be used to
reduce the chances of air leaking in or out of any log cabins for sale while increasing energy efficiency. The best
scored fitted carpentry, makes the logs in the log cabin homes for sale appear as if they grew together, but even
though these joints appear to be tight, water vapor, air, and rain can still penetrate. Be aware that some log
cabin builders rely on a strip of pink fiberglass batten placed inside the groves and notches and this is not
efficient. The insulation has to be protected from the elements by placing it in polyethylene bags, or tubes and or
use gaskets on both edges of the 2wood on wood joints, at the very least.
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