New Century Log Homes offers maintenance free 
        logs, custom plans, supplies, caulk, Milgard windows, engineered trusses and related accessories.

Frequently Asked Questions

Real answers to your questions! Here are some of our most frequently asked questions:

Q: How much is this really going to cost?
A: Log Homes are not less expensive than conventionally built homes. There is a lot of confusion due to the fact that many companies quote package only and then package contents differ so greatly. We tell our customers that if we are doing a turn key job for them they should budget a minimum of $135 per heated square foot of space for a turn key home. Porches and decks should be added to that figure. Site work, such as well, septic, driveways, clearing and grading may or may not be included in that figure depending on the complexity of site conditions. If we take the home from the top of the foundation and provide labor and materials to take it from that point until completely dried in with windows and doors and finished boxing we are usually between $65-$80 per heated square foot of space for labor and materials depending on log profile, complexity of the design and the location of the project. Porches and decks are added to that figure. In many cases, your final costs with this arrangement come in well under the $135 per heated square foot by you managing the interior work yourself.

Q: What about the maintenance on a log home?
A: With conventional logs, due to the checking, splitting, warping and settling systems you need to prepare for some long term maintenance. With our Structure Logs®, once you have the initial exterior finish applied you will need to clean and recoat it about every 3-5 years depending on your climate. Since checking and splitting are vastly minimized, there will not be a need to caulk thousands of feet of checks and cracks. We also use on only low maintenance vinyl clad or aluminum clad windows and fiberglass doors, which never need to be stained.

Q: What about insects? Termites?
A: We will provide you with Penetrete™ which is an anti fungal and anti insect solution that is sprayed on the logs. We also supply you with Sikkens™ stain which is the best stain on the market. Termites are subterranean and whether it is a log home or a brick home, you must treat the soil for them anywhere termites live. When treated in the ground our home have no more of a problem with termites than any other home.

Q: How long does it take to build a log home?
A: Typically, once we have the materials on site and are underway, we can construct and dry in a 2000 sq ft log home in about 8-10 weeks. Most people should allow 6-10 months to have the home completed depending on the complexity and size of the home of the home.

Q: What are my options as far as design?
A: We custom design every plan to fit the customers needs. We sit down with you , one on one and develop a preliminary plan and carry you through to a finished plan with the main emphasis being you all along the way. We can also provide you with simple cabins that we have as stock plans.

Q: What kind of windows do you use?
A: We use low maintenance, vinyl clad exterior windows with a low e rating and tilt out sashes. They have a tan vinyl exterior, look great with any color stain and perform well. We also have many customers that have a preference of a specific window manufacturer or design. If you would like to research and choose the window of your preference we will give you back a full credit and let you provide any window you like. Just get us your size selection and rough opening requirements.

Q: How far does New Century Log Homes travel to build?
A: Generally speaking we work throughout North Carolina and surrounding states. We have built as far north as New Hampshire and as far south as Alabama. It is really handled on a case by case basis.

Q: How efficient to heat and cool are your homes?
A: Very efficient! Wood is a very good insulator in general. However if the logs are split and cracked and if there is shrinkage creating gaps and voids, the insulation value is compromised. Use of Structure Logs® eliminates these issues, and our homes are exceptionally efficient when we track the heating costs. A recent customer who built a 4000+ square foot log home said that in the dog days of summer his power bill was $140. We also offer the Thermal Log® product which greatly enhances the insulation values further.

Q: What about financing on a log home?
A: We are affiliated with several companies that finance log homes. Normally, because of the fact that the draws made on the loan are disbursed differently than that of a conventional home, we recommend that you work with one of these companies. If you own your land free and clear and have additional cash to put towards the project you will have an easier time of working with a conventional bank.

Q: How are the logs sealed and put together?
A: All of our log profiles incorporate a tongue and groove system, locking each log to the one below it. We also apply sealant and use a polyfoam tape between each course of logs as well. On the butt joints, a groove is routed out vertically and a wooden spline is driven down between the logs. We use high strength lagbolts every 30" and on either side of the joints.

Q: What types of corner systems do you use?
A: Depending on the log and the customers preference, we use a butt and pass, notch and pass, dovetail, saddlenotch, post corner, and scalloped corners.

Q: What about electrical circuitry at the log walls?
A: When the logs are stacked, the right way to make provision for electrical circuitry is to run a wiring chase in the log walls. We drill a 1.5" hole in the center of the log down into the crawl space or basement. This is achieved by laying out the location of these boxes on the subfloor and then continuing the chase up to where the switch or receptacle is located. Then the box is notched out to make sure it fits. When your electrician comes to rough in the wiring on your home, all he has to do is push the wire down the chase and install the box. The other interior framed walls in the home are either 2x4 or 2x6 so those walls are wired like a conventional home. Some companies tell you to run any wiring in the log walls behind the doors jambs. Our experience has been that if you do that and one finish nail shoots off to the side and nicks a wire while the interior trim is taking place, you have created a problem that could have been avoided by the chase being in the inside of the log.

Q: How hard is it to finish the home after it is dried in?
A: Once the home is dried in the interior finish begins. Plumbing, heating and air, electrical, cabinets, finish floors etc. It is important to note that if you buy from New Century Log Homes, you will be getting guidance from a licensed general contractor who has been through this many times. We will provide you with a written description of which trades go first and a step by step plan of finishing out your inside once it is in the dry. If your job is in NC you can even use our subcontractors and pay them directly. We have had many customers with no experience whatsoever in construction who saved thousands on their home by doing this. The management of the interior finishes is not that difficult and we will be there to guide you.

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