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Frequently Asked Questions

What comes with my log package?

Your log package from Big Horn Mountain Log Homes generally includes:

  1. Log walls
  2. Loft floor beams in packages that have a loft floor
  3. 2"x6" Tongue & Groove decking for the loft floor
  4. Roof beams: either main ridge and purlins or main ridge and log rafters
  5. 2"x6" Tongue & Groove decking for the roof system
  6. High tensile steel lag screws to fasten the logs
  7. Gasket to place between the log courses
  8. Caulking to seal the joints
  9. Your full set of plans
  10. Your Big Horn Mountain Log Homes Construction Video and Manual bundle
  11. Technical support

In addition your log package may optionally include:

What do I need in addition to my log package?

You will probably need these items to turn your log package into a complete home or cabin:

Please note that this is a brief overview, and some packages need more detailed description. Please contact us for more detail on a particular package.

What log sizes can you supply?

Big Horn Mountain Log Homes can supply wall log diameters:

In two grades: Regular and Rustic. Regular grade logs are a Wall Log 30 grading with a full round milling and sweedish cope to fit the log below. Rustic grade logs go through the same mill. With Rustic grade logs, the cutter heads may not have cut the log clean, leaving bark and irregularities in the log. The bark is hand-peeled off leaving some draw-knife marks and depressions up to 1/3 of the diameter depth. Rustic log can have 25% of the face below Regular diameter. This means that an 8 ft log can have 4 ft of the face on one side below Regular diameter. Rustic grade costs 20% less for the logs. Often customers prefer them.

Big Horn Mountain Log Homes also supplies round milled beams in one inch increments up to 12 inch diameter and in two inch increments from 12 inch diameter up to 40 inch diameter. The maximum length of any log will be 40 ft. Diameters larger than 24 inch are by special order and may take longer. Most home packages require less than 20 inch diameter beams.

What is a purlin?

A purlin is any horizontal roof member. A main ridge beam is a purlin.

What are window and door bucks?

Buck is the name given to a strong frame, usually made from rough sawn 2" thick material, built to contain a window or door. This protects the window or door from the effects of settling and shrinkage of the log walls. Bucks are sometimes made from thicker materials sawn from milled logs to create a more decorative effect.

What is the R-Factor of log walls?

Log walls have a property that standard insulation doesn't: Thermal Mass. Thermal mass means a solid material that can retain heat and consequently, give it back. During long periods of cold weather, thermal mass becomes less important, so heating degree days must be taken into account. Because of all that, the National Association of Home Builders has come up with an insulation factor calculation for thermal mass property.

Basically, for most places, the R-Factor of log is approximately 2 per inch of thickness. So a 7" log will have an R-Factor of about 14, an 8" about 16, a 10" about 20 and so on.

What thermal mass really ends up doing for you is this: it tends to make the rooms of your log home have a uniform temperature. You tend to have fewer cold and hot spots.

How much exterior maintenance does a log home require?

Usually more than a frame home with painted siding. The exterior wood of a log home is normally stained to allow the beauty of the wood grain to show. This allows more normal wear of the wood. Use a high quality exterior finish. Lower quality finishes cost less, but don't last very long. There is a much higher cost of maintenance when you have to take the time (or pay someone) to refinish often due to low quality finish. You get what you pay for and this is not a place to scrimp.

Do you have a question we didn't answer?

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