Homepathâ„¢: Materials and Manufacturing

Last week, we introduced you to Real Log Homes’ Homepath™ system for guiding you through the building of your log home. Homepath™ consists of five parts of the log home building process that matter the most – Design, Materials, Manufacturing, Construction and Support. Last week, we concentrated on Design since it is important in the initial phases of the build. However, a home’s design would be worthless if it did not incorporate top-quality Materials and Manufacturing processes. Here are some of the ways that the Homepath™ system ensures excellence in Materials and Manufacturing.



One way that Homepath™ ensures a high quality Real Log Home is through the use of premium graded logs. Since the logs used have a large impact on both the aesthetic and structural quality of your home, we only use premium graded logs cut from the heart of the tree. Our certified staff will grade logs to Log Homes Council standards, and we also have independent graders monitor our logs for quality control purposes. Depending on your local building codes, this grading can also be important for obtaining permits.



Although all logs can check, we manufacture our logs in a way to minimize checking. First, our logs are air-dried rather than kiln-dried, as rapid kiln-drying promotes checking. Second, milling the log from the heartwood of a tree also results in less checking than would occur in sapwood. Third, the logs have a check groove where they dovetail with the log below. Since the logs are wider than they are tall, this helps to reduce checks on the exposed sides. This attention to detail in our logs helps minimize checking and create a log home with superior appearance.

The Homepath commitment to quality extends to manufacturing as well. In our factory, we use computer-controlled cutting machines to cut structural components. This means that all your logs are shipped to the jobsite accurately cut to the needed length, which saves you time and eliminates any mistakes from on-site cutting. Corners, butt joints, window and door openings, gables, joists and rafters are all pre-cut, ensuring an accurate and weather-tight fit.



 



Another manufacturing process we use to help ensure quality is to treat our logs with Tim-Bor, a non-toxic wood preservative which inhibits decay and insect-infestation. Cedar is not treated due to its natural decay and insect resistance, but all other log species are immersed in Tim-Bor solution to allow the preservative to soak into the log. If a log home is properly maintained, this treatment will provide permanent protection for the life of your log home.

If you’d like to learn more about building a log home please contact the team at Real Log Homes.  They’d be happy to walk you through the material options, and even set up a tour of our manufacturing facilities so you can see the materials and cutting process firsthand.