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Log Homes disappeared from the radar for many years. In the late 60's and early 70's a major resurgence of interest in log home living began. From then until today the industry has grown to over 300 companies. In most cases it seems simple enough:

Select a tree, cut it down, remove the bark, profile it into a house log where it will be stacked with 10-15 other logs (depending on the stack height) to make your exterior walls. The problem is that when these logs are cut off the stump they are 1/3 water (sap). When these logs begin to dry out, there is one thing that you can bank on, they will shrink in diameter. This single, simple fact is the root cause of most of the maintenance issues associated with owning a log home.(Settling, twisting, warping, checking) Over the last 30 years there have been many approaches to dealing with this issue. Air drying, kiln drying, using dead standing timber, slotting, screw jacks, thru- bolting, spring loading have all been created for one purpose; to try and minimize the effects of log shrinkage. The trick is, how much will it shrink? The truth is, no one but God knows for absolute certainty. How can you design a system to deal with shrinkage in a log if you cannot know exactly how much the log is going to shrink?

At New Century Log Homes we take a completely different approach. We feel it is better to create a log that doesn't shrink then to try and create a system that allows a log to shrink. With our Engineered Logs your log home dream can become a reality without any maintenance nightmares.

Engineered Logs, is the term we give to logs that are all made from the inside-out. Take a trip to Europe and look at some of the most beautiful wooden structures ever built and you will notice something. While in many cases these structures are 100 years old and older, the wooden beams that span the superstructure have not shrunk, have very few checks or cracks and look beautiful even after all these years. If you look closer you will see why. They are actually made of small pieces of wood that are 3/4" to 2" thick that were dried individually and laminated together as one. Unlike other "certified" logs, the testing required to produce a laminated wood beam is much more stringent. While kiln drying a whole log is a step in the right direction, no kiln is going to thoroughly dry a 6"-8" piece of wood all the way to the core. No matter what anyone tells you, it's just not possible. However when you dry timbers that have been cut down to these small dimensions you can get moisture contents down to levels that are actually drier than a conventionally built home! Then, by creating a laminated beam, you have a stable, straight piece of wood that can be profiled into a log that will allow your log home to be consistent, straight and true and twice the strength of a conventional log.

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