Log Home Inspection

We tend to think of conventionally-framed homes as having walls which are an assembly of materials such as drywall, studs, sheathing, house wrap and an exterior cladding and of log walls as consisting of a single material- wood.

While, log walls typically consist of just logs, logs are not as simple as they seem. Logs are composed of various layers of wood cells, each type of which has different properties and plays a different role in the live tree. These cells differ with tree species in function, size, concentration, proportion and chemical composition and they determine how trees grow, react after they’ve been cut for logs and what properties they have which make them good for home construction or not so good.

There are many variables that affect the condition of a Log Home, some of these are apparent, some may be harder to detect. Some of these variables are listed below:

* Wood species.
* Climate and conditions under which trees have grown.
* Presence of decay columns in live trees.
* Tree exposure and reaction to damage.
* Conditions under which trees were harvested.
* Age of trees when they were harvested
* Peeling, drying and storage methods of logs.
* Climate and conditions at the homesite.
* Quality of design and construction.
* Presence or effects of wood-destroying insects in seasoned logs.
* Presence or effects of bacteria and decay fungi in seasoned logs.
* Presence or effects of decay or decay fungi in seasoned log surfaces or cores.   
* Home maintenance quality and methods.
* Type and quality of finish applied to logs, and application method.

Homespect LLC has the expertise to find and report issues that these variables in Log Home construction can cause. A Log Home inspection is unique from a regular Home Inspection in that material condition, structural integrity, insect infestation, and exterior finishes are all evaluated in the same inspection along with the common systems that are included in a regular home inspection. All Log Homes are inspected using the InterNACHI Log Home Inspection Standards of Practice to insure a thorough, comprehensive, inspection procedure.