Insulation of Loghomes and Stickframed homes

November 11, 2022 by
Insulation of Loghomes and Stickframed homes
Loghome.io Incorporated, Alexander Knecht

When it comes to building a new home, it is important to consider the differences between log homes and stick-built homes. These two types of homes have distinct construction methods that affect their insulation and energy efficiency.
 
Log homes are constructed using large, solid logs that are cut and shaped to fit together. The logs used in these homes are typically thicker and wider than the framing lumber used in stick-built homes. Because of the thickness of the logs, log homes typically have higher insulation values than stick-built homes. The logs themselves provide a natural insulation barrier, and the spaces between the logs can be filled with insulation material such as fiberglass or cellulose. This provides a more consistent insulation barrier compared to stick-built homes. Additionally, log homes tend to have tighter construction, which helps to reduce drafts and improve overall energy efficiency.
 
Stick-built homes, on the other hand, are constructed using traditional framing methods. The walls are made of thin, lightweight framing lumber, and the spaces between the framing are filled with insulation material. Stick-built homes typically have lower insulation values than log homes, and the insulation is not as evenly distributed. Because the walls are made of thin framing lumber, they are more susceptible to drafts and air leakage, which can lead to higher heating and cooling costs. To improve energy efficiency, stick-built homes typically use fiberglass batting insulation or spray foam insulation, which is installed in the walls and attic of the home.
 
Our EZE-Panels used for Log homes use a high-efficient insulator, which is placed between the spaces between the logs. This insulation fills the gaps and crevices that can occur in log homes, providing a more consistent insulation barrier. Additionally, the higher the efficiency was when the log wall was cut, the better the thermal insulation to the elements. Another difference between log homes and stick-built homes is the thermal mass. The thermal mass is the ability of the walls to absorb heat and release it slowly over time. Logs have a high thermal mass because they are dense and thick, so they can store heat and release it slowly, which helps to keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Stick-built homes, on the other hand, have lower thermal mass because the walls are thin and lightweight, so they do not store heat as well.
 
Log homes also offer more natural ventilation than stick-built homes. Log homes often have large windows and doors that can be opened to allow fresh air to circulate through the home, which can help to reduce the need for mechanical ventilation. Stick-built homes typically have smaller windows and fewer openings, which can make it harder to ventilate the home naturally. This can lead to an increase in energy costs.
 
In conclusion, log homes offer better insulation and energy efficiency than stick-built homes due to the natural insulation properties of the logs, the tight construction, and the high thermal mass. Stick-built homes, while still energy efficient, are not as efficient as log homes and require more attention to detail and proper insulation installation to achieve similar energy efficiency. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of each type of home construction when making your decision.
 
I would be happy to discuss with you what we can do for you.