What are the major advantages of Lincoln
Log Homes over other log homes?
ANSWER: 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.
How many different models are available
through Lincoln Log Homes?
We currently offer 45 designs, ranging from approximately 900 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.
What is included in a Lincoln Log Home
We include all of the logs, lag bolts, washers, 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. For more details on this cost saving
feature see the
LOG HOME CONSTRUCTION
portion of our website.
Can I alter the interior layout of an
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.
Are there any special precautions in
beginning a Lincoln Log Home?
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 insure that the logs are sitting properly on
the foundation and no extreme over lap exists. From this point
you need only to follow the blueprints, making sure that each
course is laid correctly.
What kind of heating or cooling system
is recommended for a Lincoln Log Home?
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.
Is insulation necessary in a Lincoln Log
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.
Is it difficult to build a Lincoln Log
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.
What does Lincoln Log Homes provide in
the way of instruction or written materials?
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.
What kind of timber is used in a Lincoln
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 and other wood borers to hide behind.
How are the logs joined together in a
Lincoln Log Home?
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 insure a
complete seal against air, light and water. We use 9” “log hog”
lag screws every 16” on center to screw the logs together.
What type of foundation do you recommend?
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
Do your log homes settle?
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
How is the electrical wiring run in the
Our bottom course of logs is sawed flat on the inside to allow
for wiring conduit 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 run through the door jamb. Incidentally,
where necessary, the wiring conduit formed by the base log and
side baseboard can also be used to hide water lines.
How are the interior walls built in a
Lincoln Log Home?
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.
Is it normal for logs to crack?
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.
How are the logs delivered to the
Log homes are shipped from our plant in Kannapolis, NC via flat bed
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.
Is there anything else I need to know about building a Lincoln Log Home?
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.