One of the things to consider when building a log cabin is the log profile.  The log profile refers to the shape of the timber used for the log cabin.  Logs are stacked horizontally to construct the walls.  Log profile defines the look of the log cabin.  The log profile affects the overall appearance of the cabin.  Some log profile options are Flat, Round and D profile.  Log cabin kit manufacturers utilize all types of log profiles to build beautiful log cabins.  Personal preference is the determining factor.

Log Profiles for Your Log Cabin Kit

Flat Log Profile

Flat logs have four corners, and they can be square or rectangular.  These logs have a flat facade on the inside and the outside of the log cabin.  A flat log profile will have a log paneling effect.

Round Log Profile

Round logs have a round appearance on the interior as well as the exterior of the log cabin. Woodworkers cut these logs in a circular shape with no corners or angles.  Round logs have the look and feel of rustic log cabins built in the 1800’s.

D Log Profile

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D Log Profile

A D log has the combined attributes of a flat log and a round log.  This type of log is cut with one flat side and one round side.  They offer a flat interior and round exterior for your log cabin.

All three of the log profiles discussed are available in different log lengths.  Longer logs eliminate unsightly log joints and reduce the possibility of air and water filtration.  See which profiles Conestoga offers.

Once you’ve decided on the log profile for your log cabin kit, you’ll need to determine whether you want to chink or caulk.  Chinking and caulking close the gaps between log courses.  For more information see our previous blog entry.