Engineered Logs – The Best Choice for Your Log Cabin
Log cabins have been admired for their beauty and durability for centuries. Building materials have evolved significantly since the first log cabins were built hundreds of years ago. Traditional logs are often being replaced with engineered logs. Engineered logs are also referred to as glulam or laminated logs. This is different than laminated flooring that just looks like wood. Engineered logs/laminated logs are real wood.
So What’s an Engineered Log?
Engineered logs begin their transformation in sawmills just like traditional lumber, where they are sawed and kiln-dried. Kiln drying reduces the wood’s moisture content making it more resistant to movement and decay. After kiln drying pieces of lumber are bonded together with pressure and resin. To be more specific, engineered logs are stress-rated wood beams composed of wood laminations, or “lams,” that are bonded together with durable, moisture-resistant adhesives. The end result provides extraordinary benefits without sacrificing the look of traditional logs.
Benefits of Engineered Logs
• Structurally stronger than traditional logs because they are resistant to warping, twisting and settling making them the more stable choice for log cabins
• Have a more uniform appearance than traditional lumber
• Resistant to decay because of low moisture content
• Avoid problems associated with traditional logs such as settling and shrinking as they dry out
• Approximately 50% stronger than traditional timber
• Offer versatility ranging from simple, straight beams to complex, curved products
• Pound for pound, stronger than steel and have greater strength and stiffness than comparably sized dimensional lumber.
• Lighter but stronger logs make them easier to work with which improves product performance
• Available in stock and custom sizes for adjustable widths, depths and lengths
• Longer lengths eliminate unsightly wall joints in log cabins
• Appropriate for residential and commercial applications
Conestoga Log Cabins & Homes uses Everlast™ engineered logs. More information.