Lincoln Log Homes
Lincoln log homes frequently asked questions
Our homes are precision cut to eliminate any need for “on site” trimming or fitting. This reduces the amount of labor and thus the construction costs. Another advantage is our exclusive “Weather-Lok” corner, which creates its own weather tight seal. Our thirty-day guaranteed delivery is probably the fastest in the log home industry. A local dealer representative is near enough to offer assistance if needed. There are many other advantages; some of which will be covered later in this question and answer sheet.
We currently offer 46 standard designs, ranging from approximately 480 to 9000 square feet. We are, however, by no means limited to this number. We can modify an existing floor plan or create a custom plan for those with their own unique taste. We have a drafting & design staff which can readily adapt any design to a Lincoln Log Home package at no custom cutting charge to the customer. We have designed or adapted to our package almost every type of building from storage buildings to shopping center complexes. Our versatility and flexibility can offer something for everyone in log home designs.
We include all of the logs, lag bolts, wooden dowel pins, backer rod and weather-stripping. However, we ship only the materials not available locally. You can purchase the materials as economically as the manufacturer. We show our dealers how to negotiate with a local building supply company for all of his/her conventional materials such as: windows, doors, roofing, etc. By purchasing these items locally you save shipping charges for transporting these materials from our plant to your construction site.
Yes, and most often with no additional cost to you. A Lincoln Log Home can be built as a complete empty shell when roof trusses are used since all support is to the outside walls. This allows you to get the house under roof in the least possible time. This often saves you money in cases where weather might be a factor. You can then complete the interior walls to suit your individual needs..
As with any construction it is necessary to keep all footing, foundation and walls square. Precautions should be taken to make sure the initial course (base logs) are laid square and conform to all measurements on your blueprints. Also, care should be taken to ensure that the logs are sitting properly on the foundation and no extreme overlap exists. From this point you need only to follow the blueprints, making sure that each course is laid correctly.
Any type of system used in a conventional home can also be used in a Lincoln Log Home. Your local climate and building codes would most likely determine the type of heating or cooling system you choose.
Wood is the best natural insulator. A concrete wall would need to be ten feet thick to equal the insulation qualities of our 8 inch thick logs. Wood is six times better than brick, 1600 times better than aluminum. Consideration should be given to properly insulate the floors and roof. We recommend the use of insulated windows. With constant rising utility costs, it is wise to make your home as energy efficient as possible. It generally costs 17 – 20% less to heat or cool a Lincoln Log home compared to a conventional house.
No! Our homes are precision cut to allow ease in erecting them. There should be no need for any custom fitting on the construction site. In fact, we advise the builder to leave his chain saw at home to eliminate the temptation to trim a log to fit. If a log is cut wrong, we will correct it. To protect against factory and construction error, we send extra logs with all kits for any situation that may occur.
Each home buyer is provided with three sets of blueprints as well as printed instructions for building the home. Any competent builder should be able to construct a Lincoln Log home by just studying the materials we provide, including a video and a manual.
Our homes are all cut from southern yellow pine. They are uniform in size to eliminate water or snow ledges on the outer walls, and to allow flexibility in finishing the interior walls. All logs are 8 inches thick by 6 inches high and planed to eliminate bark for termites to hide behind.
We use a polyurethane backer rod which fits into a pre-cut V-groove on top and bottom between the logs. On the butt end joints, two strips of polyurethane gasket material and two 1” diameter hardwood dowel pins are incorporated to ensure a complete seal against air, light and water. We use 10” “SPAX” lag screws every 16” on center to screw the logs together.
Any type of foundation can be used- basement, crawl space, piers or concrete slab. We suggest that concrete blocks be used in lieu of the lighter weight blocks due to the weight of the log walls. Also due to the weight, it is very important to make sure that the logs are centered over the foundation and not over extended on one side or another.
All log buildings will settle to some extent. We allow for this by leaving some space above all windows and doors. This space should be filled with insulation and covered by the window or door face plate. Less than 2% settling is expected with our homes.
Our bottom course of logs is milled flat on the inside to allow for a chase to be formed using furring strips and wide baseboard trim. In locations where a wall switch is needed on a log wall, the wire is ran through the door tamb. Incidentally, where necessary, the wiring chase formed by the base log and wide baseboard can be used for other utilities (cable, phone, water, etc.).
Any type of interior wall is acceptable, from sheet rock to wood paneling. There are ways to tie the interior walls into the curved log outer walls with no necessity of molding of any kind which is another saving over conventional homes. Your local contractor can give you some examples.
Yes. This results from the natural seasoning or drying process of the logs, it is called checking. Some people think these cracks add character and beauty to the logs; however, anyone who thinks otherwise can fill the cracks with any quality wood filler. These checks in no way endanger the structural strength of the building as they are very superficial.Return to top.
Log homes are shipped from our plant in Kannapolis, NC via flatbed trailer. The logs can be unloaded by hand with the proper amount of help, however, we suggest renting the service of a forklift and operator. This method of unloading can save time as well as wear and tear on the logs. A 6000 lb. all-terrain forklift is recommended to allow unloading of complete bundles.
Obviously we cannot anticipate all questions in a publication of this sort. Your local Lincoln Log Home Dealer can provide you with any additional information you might need or want. They will be happy to discuss our homes with you at any time.