non-settling construction method
Our non-settling chink style log homes are crafted with notches at the corners and spaces between the logs are filled with chinking. Our optional engineered non-settling system uses a series of lag bolts to secure, or “freeze”, the position of each wall log.
This proven system has been tested and measured over the course of several years after our homes are finished, and shows no loss in the wall heights. This is a wonderful option for homeowners who want to avoid building methods that allow for settling.
Gone are the days of moss or cement stuffed in the lateral gaps between logs. Advanced formulas allow modern chinking to stretch and contract with the logs as they adjust to seasonal changes in temperature and moisture. Chinking comes in many colors to complement your stain color choice.
Pros and Cons of Settling Vs. Non-Settling Methods
Due to the complexity of modern log homes, construction methods have needed to upgrade. Anymore, log homes that settle are not the most effective way to build. Non-settling log home construction is an engineered system that keeps the logs from moving in relation to the ground. Slip joints, plumbing, settling joints, and more can be wiped out of the design with non-settling construction.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHY DO LOG HOMES SETTLE?
Traditionally log homes were designed to shrink over time to let the logs come down on top of each other creating a tight fit to avoid gaps.
IS THERE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN PRICE BETWEEN NON-SETTLING AND SETTLING DESIGNS?
The system we use to make the logs non-settling can add 10-15% onto the price of the log package; however, those dollars come back to the homeowner during construction by eradicating the need for slip joints, special plumbing, settling jacks, custom stairs and porch roofs… all the things that needed customization to allow the home to settle. In many cases, the overall cost of the home actually ends up being cheaper.
WHAT IS THE ENGINEERED NON-SETTLING SYSTEM?
The non-settling system requires three components. Dry wood to help reduce settling naturally. Steel column that embed into the logs. And lag bolts that hold logs in place and prevent settling.
This system has been field tested and engineer approved.
ARE THERE ANY DRAWBACKS TO THE NON-SETTLING SYSTEM?
The only draw back is that we can’t make chink-less homes that don’t settle because the chinking absorbs the shifting of the logs.
CAN THE NON-SETTLING SYSTEM BE USED WITH SQUARE LOGS? (AKA DOVETAIL CONSTRUCTION)
Yes, our non-settling system pairs nicely with Dovetail construction as well as dovetail cants.
CAN SWEDISH COPE DESIGN BE CRAFTED WITH THE NON-SETTLING SYSTEM?
Yes, however, there will still be chink lines. We use a special product that flexes as the logs expand or contract. The good news is the product comes in many colors and often we can make the chink lines barely noticeable.
HOW DOES THIS NON-SETTLING SYSTEM HELP THE CONTRACTOR AND HOMEOWNER IN THE LONG RUN?
The homeowner will not have to make any maintenance adjustments after the home is built because there are no settling jacks to mess with. As for contractors, the home can be finished out as easily as a traditionally framed home making the project completion smoother.