FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

So you have decided to live in a Solid Timber Log Building....

Timber Log Buildings such as the residential log cabins offer several unbeatable benefits due to the properties of their basic construction material - timber logs. They are more resilient to weather and other natural elements, have longer life, are more energy efficient, more cost effective and more environmentally friendly.

A: Wood is a brilliant natural insulator. By living in a timber log cabin you and your family are protected from the often extreme weather conditions outside. A healthy and safe log house requires very little maintenance, while it is ecological and energy-efficient to live in. This is made possible by the breathing yet tight wall structures and the characteristics of wood as a material. Wood walls naturally store thermal energy provided by the sun and then release it to the rooms when needed.

During the colder months of the year, the internal temperature of a residential log cabins remains at a very comfortable level. During the warmer summer season the excellent insulation value of the solid timber walls guarantee the utmost comfort for all inhabitants.

Seasonal temperature fluctuations do not have an equal impact on the temperature of the interiors of a wooden building. In contrast, the internal temperature of concrete or “stick and brick” structure fluctuates pretty soon after the external weather has changed.

During winter a timber log building offers warmer interiors and in summer, the internal temperature remains relatively cool. It reduces the dependency on high energy consuming equipment such as heaters or air conditioners. Just a small energy-efficient reverse cycle air conditioner will look after all your heating and cooling needs all year round.

Warm to the touch (as opposed to the always chilly plasterboard), wood has “thermal mass,” a natural property in the logs that helps keep inside temperatures of homes comfortable in all seasons. This allows log walls to collect and store energy, then radiate it back into the home. As timber has one of the best heat storage capacities (211J/kg) of any insulating material, it gives an additional benefit on top of the basic insulation value.

As in the cool of the night the stored heat radiates back to the cooler outside, the inside temperature changes very little.

It makes your residential log building a comfortable and cosy place to live. Living in a wooden house means having better physical and mental health due to living in an environment with more stable temperatures. Provided the home is sealed properly (between the foundation and the first course of logs, between log-to-log connections and where the roof system meets the log wall), you will have a super energy efficient home – also aided by fully sealed double & triple glazed windows and solid wood core doors.

A: Due to less consumption of energy during the manufacturing process, timber log cabins have very low carbon emission levels, making them very environment friendly. If you are concerned about your carbon footprint and subsequent impact on the environment, a residential log cabin is your best option.

These wooden structures, due to the kind of material used in their construction also help keep the environment clean and safe. These characteristics of a residential log cabin help improve the physical health and mental well-being of its inhabitants.

Due to their excellent insulation properties heating costs are vastly reduced, resulting in an extremely low carbon footprint.

A: Wood is thermally beneficial. Other materials commonly used in residential constructions such as concrete, cement and metals are affected by increases or decreases in outside heat. Most of these materials that are generally used in constructions of a building expand when temperatures rise.

It affects their structural cohesion resulting in damages. Wood, on the other hand does not expand even in intense heat.  Also lower temperatures do not affect wood.  This helps to preserve the structural integrity of your timber log building; they therefore have a longer life and face fewer damages due to temperature changes.

A: Éire Log Cabins sources all their timber log buildings from producers with excellent environmental credentials. Logs are being sourced from certified sustainable forest plantations, grown in the Baltic regions of Europe, as well as Estonia, Poland and some Scandinavian countries.

Since trees are a renewable resource, timber log buildings come with a solid green pedigree. When a cabin is made from solid logs the carbon contained in those logs are effectively removed out of environmental circulation over the entire life of the home. European countries have recognized the need to provide as much as possible of the world’s demand for timber products, and for many years have created vast plantation forests thus guaranteeing a steady and environmentally sustainable supply of top quality timber logs.

A: Wood absorbs sound resulting in less noise and echo. Many musical instruments are made of wood, due to the wood’s acoustic properties.  It is also the reason why music concerts are often held in halls that have wooden walls. Wood absorbs sound resulting in less noise and echo.

Residential log cabins enjoy the same properties of the wood.  Log homes are always quieter than stick-and-brick built homes, thanks to the same thermal mass that provides energy efficiency and the sound deadening effects of wood walls.  The low noise of the interiors of wooden cabins provides a peaceful and quiet living environment.  Also, if you like to play music, the noise absorbing property of the wood along with the serene and beautiful environment of a wooden house creates a harmonic listening experience.

Log Cabins have naturally superior insulation from outside noise (again also aided by the fully sealed double glazed European style windows and solid wood core doors used) and provide a perfectly soft soundscape inside.

A: Constructing a timber log building is much quicker and easier than building a brick-and-stick / concrete building.

By choosing a pre-cut and pre-drilled timber log system, the shell of your home can be built on site much faster than conventional stick framing, in turn reducing the likelihood of weather-related damages or mould and mildew issues.  The outside walls are also the inside walls, reducing built time by eliminating the need for internal lining and the like.  With the right crew and inter locking timber log building system, it can be weather tight in as little as a couple of days (depending on size of your building).  In conventional construction, your home is exposed to the elements for much longer, which can lead to mold issues within the framing of the home, where it can thrive undetected for years.

The weight of the individual components of your new timber log building is very low, so they can easily be handled, carried to site if needed and lifted into place.

Hanging a picture in a conventional stick-and-brick home with internal plasterboard sheet lining can be quite a big ordeal, involving a stud finder, a hammer or drill and bruised fingers—maybe even a bruised ego after  your partner told you to move the picture “a little further over to the left”.   The same applies to hanging shelves, overhead cupboards and anything else that need affixing to the walls and ceilings.  Owners of timber log buildings rave about the simplicity of hanging anything as one the simple joys of living in a timber log home.

A: It is a common myth that timber, when exposed to the elements,  deteriorates quickly.  Whilst this is true to some extend when left untreated, modern timber preservatives and pest treatments  guarantee that your timber log home will outlast many conventional constructions.   Timber log buildings still in use in Europe routinely date back more than 800 years.  And one log-constructed church in Russia is reportedly more than 1,700 years young.

As mentioned, like all natural products a timber log building does require a basic amount of maintenance both during the construction phase and over the lifespan of the building.  

The timber log building industry has countless stories of these homes successfully weathering the worst weather Mother Nature can dish out, including the American 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  When Rita’s winds caused a giant oak tree to crash through the roof of a 157sqm timber log home in Eastern Texas, the home’s solid log walls withstood the weight of the toppled tree and prevented more damage.  The owners said “There is no doubt in my mind that this log and timber home saved our lives”.

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