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The construction industry has struggled a bit in recent years. This is not because there's not amazing technology out there to make construction easier. There's tons of technology, and it's amazing! Rather, the struggle seems to be that there is a shortage of labor. Many young people are not as interested in working in construction anymore. We hope that we can do our part to change that. In posting on this blog, we hope to reach a wide audience, including young people who may want to work as contractors. There are excellent jobs in the industry, and learning the basics on this blog can set you up for success.


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Make Your Log Home Perfect With These Tips

What are the best materials to build a log home? You've probably heard of logs being made from timber and that they can be left plain or treated. You may have even heard of some people using hewn logs. However, there is a range of other options available to use, but what are they? What are the best log home materials?

Peeler Cores

Peeling cores are a great way to add character and texture to your log home. They can be used for doors, windows, and even counters. Here are tips to get the most out of your peeler cores:

  • Use a low-viscosity stain when you apply your base coat so the peeler core will adhere better.
  • If you want a smooth or high-gloss finish on your peeler core, use an oil stain instead of a water-based stain.
  • When applying the second coat of stain, spray it on with an aerosol sprayer rather than dipping it into a bucket. This prevents bubbles from forming in the peeler core.
  • When using peeler cores, always use a top coat of clear sealer to protect them from moisture damage and make them easier to clean.

As you can see, there are many advantages to using peeler cores. 

Veneer Logs

If you want to build a quality log home that is less expensive than traditional logs, consider using veneer logs. Veneer logs are made from real wood but have a thin layer of plywood on the outside. This makes them lighter, easier to transport, and less expensive than full-sized logs. Veneer logs are also easy to install and can be used for exterior or interior walls.

Factory-Finished Logs

Factory-finished logs are logs that have already been cut into their final dimensions at the sawmill and have been dried out in kilns prior to shipping them out. This makes them easier to work with because they don't require any finishing work before they're installed into your home. These logs require little work to be done to them after they are installed, which will give your walls a finished look quickly. 

Handcrafted Logs

Logs that are handcrafted by professionals are stronger and last longer than prefabricated logs that come in kits or parts that can be purchased at home improvement stores. Prefabricated logs tend to warp over time due to improper drainage and exposure to moisture, which can lead to cracks on the exterior walls and roof of your house. Handcrafted logs come from sustainable sources.

Contact a log home material supplier to get what you need to make your log home.