While at one time log homes were considered rustic back woods dwellings, a rise in popularity has moved these homes from the sidelines to center stage. Whether you wish to purchase a ready made log home or build one from scratch, there are a variety of benefits of a log home. A log home can be large dwellings with every convenience. The natural insulation properties of solid log walls is one aspect to be considered. Sometimes the log walls are filled with insulation material to increase the R value, especially in thinner walls. Energy efficient windows should be part of the design. While some owners opt for all log interior walls, many interiors are finished, at least partly, with wall board so the walls can be papered or painted in some rooms. Solid log walls are extremely slow to spread fire as compared to traditional frame walls. Since there are no air pockets or cavities in the walls, a fire is a usually a surface burn.
A heating and cooling system in a log home can be up to 15 percent more energy efficient than the same system in a similar traditional wood frame home. Double or triple paned windows will add to the efficiency. For maximum thermal efficiency log walls should be at least six to eight inches thick. Log walls are natural sound insulators too. Not only does the mass of the log prevent sound from passing through, but the log walls deflect sound by virtue of the texture created by their rippled contour. Yet another advantage is new tax laws that offer deductions or rebates for log homes. Check with a tax advisor to see how the laws apply.