Here is a balanced look at the pros and cons of owning a log home to help you decide whether this type of home is right for you:
The benefits of owning a log home include the relative affordability of the main materials you can use to build the home. For example, split white pine is commonly used to build log homes and is quite cheap. Log walls are also very insulated as long as they are built to a certain thickness, which makes them invaluable during cold winter months when temperature control becomes important for a family’s comfort.
In addition to this, log homes are naturally sound insulating, which means that noise in one area of the home does not echo and reverberate into every room. This adds to the serene and naturally beautiful feel of a log home.
Log homes are also known for being a more environmentally friendly and energy efficient housing option as they insulate heat, which allows those living inside the home to conserve energy that would otherwise be used to control temperatures. The construction process of a log home is also more environmentally friendly than that of other types of homes as log homes make use of more natural building implements, such as wood, with a less energy-intensive construction process.
Some of the cons associated with owning a log home include the prevalence of pests such as termites, beetles or ants in the wood of the home. Electrical wiring can also be more complicated for a log home.
Maintenance is intensive for log home owners as they have to seal the wood of their home every three to five years in order to preserve the wood, they have to caulk spaces that appear between logs in a log wall when the wood naturally shrinks, and they have to be more wary of blemishes or spills on wooden surfaces, which may stain more easily than other surfaces like brick or tile.
Finally, log homes can pose an increased fire risk considering that they are constructed predominantly out of wood. As a result, a family in a log home should be properly versed in fire safety procedures, and fire emergency gear, such as fire extinguishers, should be available at various points throughout the home.