Tips to Help Maintain Your Log Home
Do not plant shrubs near your log walls. This helps minimize the chance of water splashing off the leaves and onto your log wall. Stack firewood well away from the house. Stacking firewood near your home can attract wood boring insects like termites. Install gutters on your log home. This can help prevent splash back from hitting your lower logs and causing water damage. This is especially important if you have short overhangs. Spray borate on logs periodically (as per manufacturers instructions). Borate is a safe and effective wood preservative, you can find out more at the National Pesticide Information Center. If you don’t install gutters, avoid deck splash back by building a splash guard, or grate, or bench that blocks water from splashing off the deck and hitting your log wall. Place covers over any exposed log ends, specifically purlins, ridge pole, rafter Splash back from roof run-off can cause rot on your log walls. Installing gutters eliminates rainwater run-off ends. If you have any log ends that get wet every time it rains, then you’re asking for trouble — so put a ‘hat’ on those unprotected log ends. If water tends to collect near your home install drains […]
Log Homes vs Modular
A common question we receive from potential customers here at Cedar Knoll involves the differences between buying a modular versus a log home. I tend to say that a modular house is a short-term solution to a long-term issue. I often say that nobody has ever come here and told us that all their life they wanted to buy a modular. What they do say is that they’ve wanted a log home their entire life. Lately I discuss the value of a log home as an investment. It strikes me that 99% of what can be purchased decreases in value the minute you buy it. For example: cars, computers, clothing, toys, and yes, modular houses. On the other hand, log homes increase in value. They not only increase in value, but you get to enjoy a great home while its value increases. Let us go through the numbers with you. Our staff will help design your dream within your budget.
The R Value Myth
The R value myth: Seems the public belief in R values is misplaced. Having a log home and a framed home of equal size I can attest to the saving in heating costs for the log home. The idea that fiberglass can keep you warm can be tested by wrapping yourself in fiberglass and going outside. In the old days farmers heated a flat stone and put it under their bed to keep warm. The stone held the heat even though a stone has virtually no R value. What a stone (and a log home) has is mass. When mass is heated it has a retention factor. There is no retention in fiberglass.
Why a Log house
Why a log house… well there are many good reasons. Over the last 39 years many have come through the doors. They, to a person, say, “All my life I’ve wanted a log home”. To date, not one has waited all their life for a modular, trailer, double wide etc.That’s a good reason but better yet is that these log homes are warm (easier to heat), go up 6 weeks faster than a comparable framed home, resale better and don’t transfer street noise like other forms of construction.All the log home materials we provide are the exact same brands and quality as in our own homes and those of our children. You are treated as we treat our own family.
Log Tiny House
Cedar Knoll has developed a Cedar log “Tiny House”. This 16 foot by 24 foot contains 320 square feet of living space and a 4 ft. by 16′ sitting porch. The materials for the log walls are precut and numbered for easy assembly. The windows are high performance and fully warranted Weather shield clad double hung. The door is Fiberglass and comes with a Schlage lock set. Cedar railings are included as is the foundation base and interior vee jointed ceiling. This unit is normally $24,900 but is on sale for $19,450. Call Kerri at 518-563-3810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to answer any and all questions.