You may have noticed over the last couple of months, we have posted the Top 10 most asked questions (with answers of course)!

Today, we thought we’d post them all in one post, for an easy read! Here we go…here are the Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions we receive at Timber Block: The Revolutionary R-30 Insulated Log Home:

10: Electrical!

The electrical is done on-site and is fairly straightforward, as opposed to conventional log construction where it must be done in advance. For the exterior wall outlets, a vertical hole is drilled in the underside of the wall sections just prior to setting them in-place. The circuits are then wired through the floor joists/trusses and fished up into the wall. Your builder will then simply drill, and jigsaw out a rectangle in the wood wall to accommodate the electrical box. For switches or lights, a line can be run up between the wall sections. All the interior walls are conventional 2×4 stick frame construction.

9: Can I Build My Own Timber Block Home?

Yes, there are certainly times when the Timber Block homeowner can do plenty of the work themselves. As your logs are cut, insulated, sanded, pre-stained and stacked in our factory, the home is delivered to the build site by truck, in panelized walls. A Timber Block technician will be on-hand for the wall raising. (The wall raising typically takes about a day or so). Then your home needs to be dried in.

We asked professional builder Ray Venema his opinion of this question.

“A consumer can build a Timber Block log home, assuming they have framing skills to begin. However due to time factors and speed of construction, a novice consumer may elect to handle other trades and rely on a professional to install the Timber Block log home – that takes typically one day to accomplish. Having the correct tool inventory and understanding proper utilization of the crane, directing helpers without knowledge is a receipe for problems. With Timber Block’s guidance and skilled craftsmen, the Timber Block log home in America will carry a lifetime warranty. For one day’s worth of contracting for TB field installation, consumers generally opt for the professional installers.”

Ray says it’s very important the homeowner does his/her research.

“Consumers should interview builders to develop the knowledge and understanding as well as seeking Timber Blocks professional installation advise from their assigned representative. Generally a local home builders association can refer its members of good standing to interview and select based on their skill set. Home builders associations have literature to provide or steer the consumer to information to help them with the knowledge to engage a builder or general contractor. Some consumers act as the general contractor and arrange for all or parts of the construction process to be sub-contracted for. Again, the consumer should have detailed knowledge about the building process, local zoning ordinances, and International Residential Code compliance regulations for each trade. The local code inspector will hold the consumer responsible for code compliance issues and that could become an issue with the sub-contractor, the consumer and the code enforcement officer. Typically the code enforcement officer shows no mercy to the consumer and the project can experience delays that will cost time and money not forseen in advance.”

Ray Venema is a Timber Block Dealer, and former builder of log homes. He is also the 2011 President of the Pennsylvania Builders Association and has 37 years experience in the building industry.

8: What’s Included?*

Complete Wall System

R-30 Insulated stacked wood panels, along with your choice of profile, including round, flat or hand-peeled. All walls are pre-stained in the factory.

Complete Floor System

The complete flooring system in included. Advantech OSB, engineered I joist truss, joist hanger and rim board.

Complete Roof System

You will have the choice of:

a) Shingles, anti bug vented ridge cap, self adhesive membrane in valleys and on the edges of the roof, OSB sheeting with H-shaped metallic clip, trusses, 12’’ fiberglass batt R-40 insulation, vapor barrier, furring, 1‘’X4’’ white pine ceiling T&G.

OR

b) Metal roofing 29 gauge anti bug vented ridge cap, 2’’X3’’ perling, exterior air barrier, furring 1’’X4’’, white pine ceiling T&G. (Optional)

Doors and Windows

Energy star exterior door and windows with low E, argon filled, 20 year warranty and all additional flashing.

-Basement windows and doors are optional

Other

-Structural beams and columns with metal plates and associated hardware

-Trim for exterior doors and windows included. (interior & exterior)

-Pine fascia and soffit with ventilation strip.

And always, with each and every purchase of a Timber Block home, a technician will be on-site for the assembly of the walls.

*Note: Timber Block reserves the right to change items listed. Some items may or may not be included as standard or optional on all models. Please contact us anytime to speak to a Timber Block representative for more details.

7. Is There Technical Help?

Yes, Timber Block provides a technician that will be there the day of your wall raising. He is also there for all his customers before and after.

The Timber Block technician will work as closely as possible with the builder/homeowner throughout the entire building process. He will also provide a construction manual for the builder/homeowner, and go through it with the builder/homeowner to make sure everyone clearly understands the process.

The technician will be onsite when the walls are delivered to coordinate the placement of the walls, and help the builder with the installation of walls, posts, beams and trusses.

The technician will also help with the details needed to complete the wall raising. For example, he will recommend a crane or boom truck, and all necessary scaffolding, tools, etc.

Timber Block prides itself on customer satisfaction. We want to make sure you are happy and comfortable for the entire process!

6. What Maintenance is Involved?

A traditionally-built log home will settle. There’s no way around it. And because of the settling which WILL occur, the log home builder will have to compensate when building the log home. And once settling happens, there will be cracks. These cracks have to be taken care of right away, because there is risk of air infiltration. When the logs of a log home start checking (cracking), this is a big concern. Depending on where the crack is (if it’s on the top part of the log, and it rains, the water will go inside the crack. If the crack faces down, the water will run down, but will still be damp inside the crack).

The answer to this problem is caulking. Caulking = maintenance.

You will also have to worry about chinking. When your logs are stacked, there will be a space between the logs. Chinking will close that space. This is something you HAVE to do. It’s not an option, and chinking can be very expensive! On top of that, if the log home owner wants the chink to stay white, they will have to cover the chinking when staining! Chinking = maintenance.

Timber Block Insulated Log Homes will NOT settle or check. Timber Block’s wood is dried to an 8-10 percent moisture content. This, combined with our patented process eliminates the risk of settling and checking.

Traditional log home owners will also have to worry about bugs, insects, mold, etc….why? Because the logs will never completely dry! (oh, and those bugs love damp, dark places!)

5. How Long Does it Take to Build a Timber Block Home?

The first step is to contact Timber Block. Ask every question you have – we are here to make sure all your inquiries are answered! There are things you will have to do, such as find land (if you don’t already have your land) and a builder. Your builder will be able to make sure to find out everything you need to do to prepare your land for your new home!

You will then figure out your floor plan. Searching through our floor plans – we have dozens of them in 4 different series – will give you a good idea of what you want. You can modify any of our floor plans, or work with our team of architects to create the home of your dreams! A $3,000 will get the floor plans started.

Once your floor plan is completed and signed off, your home will go into production. This is where your logs will be insulated, sanded, stained, thru-bolted and stacked to create the walls of your home!

This process will take a few weeks. In the meantime, you and your builder will be preparing for the walls to arrive (getting the land ready, building the basement, etc)

Then, the walls of your brand new dream home will be delivered! The good news is, most homes – up to about 3000 square feet will fit on one truck! The wall raising comes next: This literally happens in hours! In under a day, you will physically watch your ideas become a reality!

Then, your home will be sealed – or dried-in. This should take about 7-10 days. After that – you and your builder will finish the interior of your home!

Overall the entire building process takes significantly less time than any conventional stick-built construction, and certainly a traditional log home!

4. What is the Difference Between a Timber Block Insulated Log Home and a Traditional Log Home?

The walls of Timber Block homes are stacked in our factory. The benefits are endless because of this. Your logs are cut, insulated, sanded, stained, stacked and thru-bolted in our quality controlled environment. The window areas are cut out for perfect window installation on site. Your walls are then transported directly to the build site, meaning your logs will never sit outside, getting damaged due to weather! Sometimes, with traditionally built log homes, logs can be dropped off on the build site, and sit for awhile, until they can be stacked.

Maintenance – Timber Block logs are dried to an 8-10 percent moisture content. This, together with our system built process eliminates the risk of settling or checking. No caulking or chinking is ever needed – this results in much less maintenance than traditionally built log homes.

Energy Efficiency – Every single Timber Block homes has R-30 wall insulation. Figuring out the R-rating is quite simple: On average, the calculation will be around 1.25 inch of wood per “R”. (depending on the wood, it may vary slightly) For example, with pine, you will get 1.35 inch per “R”. So, if you take a 6 inch log, and multiply that by 1.35, your end result with be R-8. (square log). With Timber Block, we are able to achieve R-30 because the inside of our log is insulated with a high density polyurethane.

Construction time – literally, the walls of a Timber Block home are up in hours. The end build time is SIGNIFICANTLY less than a traditionally built log home – weeks, even months.

3. What is the Difference Between Timber Block and SIPS?

Both Timber Block Insulated homes and homes utilizing a SIPS panel system are highly energy efficient. Many builders who have, and still do, build with SIPS also speak highly of the Timber Block system. Here’s why:

-The exterior wood is sanded and stained in a controlled environment AND attached to the insulation WITHOUT nails. Benefit: no nail breaks in your home (should you choose to use siding in lieu of logs) and of course, no rust stains from those nails.

-Easier installation on the walls system.

-Improved wall strength in the building envelope.

-Similar, if not better, insulation values in the Timber Block wall system (all Timber Block homes have R-30 wall insulation)

-Huge savings in time (and therefore money) with the installation of the Timber Block home.

2. What Does R-30 Really Mean?

It’s quite simple. “R” values are very important when building a home. Not only will high R Values greatly reduce your energy efficiency (in both hot and cold climates) but because of building codes, R values are actually mandatory. So, not only do R values help you save money, but will also maintain the value of your home. Timber Block homes are R-30 in the walls, and up to R-50 in the roof.

1. Why Timber Block?

The answers are endless to this question!

-Timber Block homes are beautiful. Period. When people are building their own home, there isn’t one person that doesn’t have beauty high up on their list! Everyone wants a nice, warm and cozy place to call home – and we provide that with every Timber Block home built.

-Timber Block homes are of the highest quality. Because our walls our assembled in our factory, in a quality controlled environment, plus with our patented system built process, all of our homes are of the utmost quality. Every single log is taken care of. Each are cut and insulated, sanded and even pre-stained in our factory one by one. The logs are thru bolted under 5000 pounds of pressure every 24 inches. And because we don’t deliver the walls until the day of or day before the wall raising, your logs are never sitting around getting beaten up by weather.

-Timber Block homes are energy efficient. All of our homes have R-30 wall insulation, and R-40-R-50 in the roof.

-Timber Block utilizes green technology. Timber Block’s stacked log wall structure provides approximately 50% more insulation than standard homes and 400% more insulation than traditional log homes. With the elimination of “settling” found in traditional home insulation methods, the wall structure maintains the R levels during the life of the product. All of the energy efficiency is realized due to the proprietary formula used in the high density insulation inside every Timber Block log and wall.

-Timber Block homes are environmentally friendly. 40% of the wood is utilized to manufacture the structure, the remaining 60% is utilized to manufacture other components, resulting in less waste.

-Timber Block homes can be built anywhere. Thanks to our efficient flat stacking process, Timber Block homes can (and have!) be delivered anywhere in the world.

-Timber Block homes will not settle or check. Our wood is dried to an 8 percent moisture content (furniture grade). This, along with our patented assembly design, eliminates the risk of settling and checking – something that is a big problem when building most traditional log homes.

-All Timber Block floor plans can be customized. You can start with one of our floor plans, and modify it slightly – or a lot! We also can build from your very own ideas.

-Timber Block homes are built faster. Our wall raisings happen, generally, in less than a day – and dried in within 7-10 days. This saves on construction time!

Questions? Call us 866-929-5647 or email info@timberblock.com

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