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Longevity of a Wooden House

Wood is different from other building materials because of its operational characteristics and strength. So, log cabins are aesthetically pleasing and perfect for the environment. Moreover, if you take proper care of these wooden houses, they can last for 100-150 years.

If you plan to buy a log cabin, you must know that it is unsafe due to specific problems. You can prevent several negative processes such as twisting, decay, cracking, and discoloration with advanced technologies.

For example, technical drying makes wood strong for construction purposes. Also, it is necessary to treat a house with protective compositions during construction to make it serve for a long time.

The following are some tips to improve the longevity of a wooden house:

Technical Drying of Wood

While building a log cabin, protect it with special protective compositions during technical drying. It lowers down the moisture content of the wood. The main reasons for drying wood are:

  • Wood Working: During the construction phase, wood absorbs moisture until it reaches equilibrium. As a result, there will be unequal shrinkage of the wood.
  • Wood Burning: It would be best to dry firewood first. Moisture in wood affects the entire burning process with hydrocarbons moving to the chimney.

Avoid Exposure to Rain During Construction

Wood has excellent flexibility. In case your timber gets wet, let it dry properly before using it for construction purposes. Better to minimize its exposure to rain or water.

In this way, you will protect it from warping, shrinking or swelling that usually affects building design.  As it is famous saying, “Prevention is better than cure”. So, preserve your raw material from moisture while constructing your house.

Choose Appropriate Construction Materials

Select the right raw materials for constructing the wooden houses. They are responsible for improving the lifespan of the building. So, make sure to purchase a strong and good quality timber seasoned appropriately.

If possible, consult a professional to check which timber can withstand all weather conditions. Even if you have a tight budget, do not compromise with wood quality.

Apply Suitable Paint or Stain Coating

During construction, seal the raw wood with paint or stain properly. While purchasing the coating, keep weather conditions in mind. For instance, you should buy waterproof protection for a home built in a heavy rainfall area.

Also, do not miss any space while painting. If you rush while coating the wood with paint, you will face problems in the future.

Check Entire Home Once a Year

Though wood is a versatile material, wooden homes need proper care and attention. So, do annual checkups of your house to find any sign of rot or pest infestation. Then, seal the cracks with paint to prevent water from entering into them.

Final Words

Hopefully, the tips mentioned above can help you create a stylish wooden home and improve its longevity. However, plan everything strategically and if you find anything inappropriate, then look for other options.

Taking proper care of your home is vital for it to serve you for a long time.