Summary of Our Logs

The log is not only the skeleton of your log home, but it is also the inside and outside finishing surface for the exterior of your home. Thus American Log Homes has devoted careful consideration in the developing of the log. The log was designed by a professional forester to maximize the positive aspects of log construction. Just as the earliest log homes were built with shaped, hand hewn logs for a snug, tight fit, your modern American Log Homes uses precision shaped, rather than rough, logs.

Logs are cut from seasoned, thoroughly air dried wood. A double tongue and groove is cut into each log except Swedish Cope. All bark is removed from the logs to preclude insect infestation. A "drip edge" provides added protection by allowing blowing rain to flow over the joint below and eliminating any shelf for water or snow to collect. PVC gaskets seal between each log. Holes are pre-drilled in the logs for the spikes or screws. The interior of the log is either flat with a "V" groove for a panel effect or round for a more rustic look.

Benefits of Dry Wood

We use dry wood throughout our homes. We do not use wood that has been dried a certain number of months or a certain amount of time in a kiln, but rather, we use wood that is 15% moisture content or less - guaranteed! In order to determine the moisture content of the wood we use moisture meters. These are electrical instruments for determining the moisture content (MC) of wood.

Dry wood is stable wood, which means that the logs will not shrink, or warp. Dry wood results in a home which is very tight and free from air infiltration between logs. No chinking is required on the exterior or interior of the logs after the home is built unless it is for aesthetic purposes. Dry wood is also lighter and most of our homes fit on one tractor trailer without being over the legal weight limit. Remember, we do not allow for shrinkage due to our use of dry wood. There is no need for thru-bolts or screw-jack systems to adjust for the shrinkage of logs over time.

Wood Species


Southern Yellow Pine and Lodgepole Pine

Pinus contorta, with the common names lodgepole pine, is a common tree in western North America.[3] It is common near the ocean shore and in dry montane forests to the subalpine.  Like all pines, it is an evergreen conifer.  Heartwood is light reddish/yellowish brown, sapwood is yellowish white. Heartwood color tends to be paler than Ponderosa Pine, and isn’t always clearly demarcated from the sapwood.  Southern Yellow Pine doesn't refer to any one species of tree, but rather a group of three-needle pine species which are classified as yellow pine and are native to the Southern United States.  

-Wikipedia and The Wood Database


Engelmann Spruce

Picea engelmannii, with common name Engelmann spruce, is a species of spruce native to western North America, from central British Columbia and southwest Alberta, southwest to northern California and southeast to Arizona and New Mexico.  Engelmann Spruce is usually a cream to almost white color, with an occasional hint of red.

-Wikipedia and The Wood Database


Western Redcedar

Thuja plicata, commonly called western or Pacific redcedar, is an evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family native to western North America.  Heartwood reddish to pinkish brown, often with random streaks and bands of darker red/brown areas. Narrow sapwood is pale yellowish white, and isn’t always sharply demarcated from the heartwood.

-Wikipedia and The Wood Database 


Log Types and Sizes Offered