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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of wood does 1-866-LOGKITS.COM use in the cabins? 
The walls of the cabins are made of native Wisconsin White Pine, which is the ideal wood due to its excellent durability, strength, and beauty. 

What is included in the package?
The package from 1-866-LOGKITS.COM is all inclusive.  We will provide you with everything you need for your chosen floor plan.  When purchasing a package from 1-866-LOGKITS.COM, we will also supply the pine logs, all weather foam sealant between each row of logs, lag screws and spikes to hold the logs together, wood dowels for log butt joints, a complete set of drawings and instructions.

How does 1-866-LOGKITS.COM ship the cabins? 
The materials for your cabin will be shipped on a flat bed tractor trailer.  This method allows for easy unloading, as well as being the least expensive means of getting your kit to you.  We will arrange shipping for you, using the most economical carrier.  You will need to assist in unloading.

Do I need a building permit?
Not in all locations.  State and local laws vary greatly from state to state.  You should check with local officials concerning the regulations in your area.

How long has 1-866-LOGKITS.COM been in business? 1-866-LOGKITS.COM's, parent company has been building log homes since 1984 with over 600 full log structures built.

What type of logs does 1-866-LOGKITS.COM offer?
1-866-LOGKITS.COM offers a 9” round log, a 5x8 or 7x9 timber log. Round logs are Swedish coped with saddle notch corners. 7x9 timbers have dove tailed corners and 5x8 timbers have butt & pass corners.

Does 1-866-LOGKITS.COM customize their plans? 
1-866-LOGKITS.COM offers many different floor plans, in order to keep prices low, changes cannot be made in the factory.  If the floor plans shown just will not work for you, custom planning is available through our parent company, Meadow Valley Log Homes.

What is the R-Value of the logs? 
Because of the structural mass of the log wall, transfer of heat energy through the logs is delayed. This thermal mass gives them the energy efficiency performance.

Are the logs kiln dried?
1-866-LOGKITS.COM logs are air dried rather than kiln dried prior to final milling. The final drying and shrinkage process on any log is not generally complete until after one full heating season.

How much space is needed above doors and windows to allow for settling? 
We recommend a ¼” - ½” space above all windows and doors to compensate for any settling which may occur. Our log walls settle very little due to the fastening method used. A 12” log spike is driven every 2-3 feet along each row of logs. As the logs dry, they adhere to these spikes and are not allowed to settle. 2x framing is used around all windows and doors. This framing is attached directly to the log ends which helps to further stabilize the log walls. Interior wall studs can be nailed directly to the logs.

Can a log cabin be built on any type of foundation?
Our log homes can be built on any foundation from slab to full basement, cement or wood.  The plans and materials included in your kit will allow you to build your cabin on a post and pier foundation.

How often do the logs need to be stained?
The exterior will need two initial coats using a permeable stain. Most stain manufacturers recommend additional applications of stain every 4-7 years thereafter. The interior of your log cabin should only need to be done once.

Will the logs need to be caulked or chinked?
With 1-866-LOGKITS.COM system, the exterior of your log cabin should be chinked after the first heating season. The interior may also be chinked if desired.

What type of products are recommended for the caulking/chinking and staining/sealing?
Preferably an exterior product specifically designed for log cabin use should be used for caulking and chinking. A high quality permeable stain or sealer is recommended for exterior or interior surfaces which will allow the logs to “breathe” and not trap unwanted moisture. UV protections along with mold, mildew and insect repellents are also recommended for exterior surfaces. 1-866-LOGKITS.COM offers products which meet the above requirements.

Does 1-866-LOGKITS.COM supply blueprints?
1-866-LOGKITS.COM will supply a set of instructions and drawings including the floor plan, foundation plan and elevation. These drawings are not registered but will serve for use throughout your construction.

Are the logs precut?
1-866-LOGKITS.COM does a row by row layout of all the logs used for the cabin. This layout has approximate window and door openings, but exact lengths are cut on site to eliminate any error. Most corner notches (when applicable) are done before the logs are delivered.

Are the logs treated with any product before delivery?
The logs are dip treated in a water soluable solution which helps prevent any mold or mildew growth on the logs. A stain/sealant will need to be applied after construction.

What needs to be done to any cracks which form in the log?
The checking process is natural for any wood species going through the drying process. Each log from 1-866-LOGKITS.COM has been milled from a single length of tree, giving each finished log a center core or heartwood. This dense center heartwood prevents any checking from passing through the center of the log and thus insures structural integrity.

What type of warranty does 1-866-LOGKITS.COM offer?
1-866-LOGKITS.COM will stand behind our products and their workmanship.  We design your log cabin with proper roof overhangs and suggest appropriate maintenance programs.

Can the cabins be moved?
Yes, some of the smaller cabins can be moved depending on the size and type of foundation.

What is the time frame from first estimate to the delivery of kit?
It will take approximately two to four weeks to prepare the kit for delivery.  We schedule our production and delivery on a first come first served basis.

Does 1-866-LOGKITS.COM offer financing?
1-866-LOGKITS.COM does not offer financing but will help with any information and drawings to assist you in securing financing.

How are payments made? 
1-866-LOGKITS.COM requires a 50% down payment with the order, that down payment gets your kit on the production schedule, the balance is due immediately prior to shipment.

What else do I need?
Our log cabin kits are all-inclusive, everything you will need is included in your kit.  Besides the tools you will need to assemble your kit, you will need to get your foundation ready, the standard is a post and pier foundation, however, cabins can be built on slabs, crawl spaces, basements, and even skids.   When we receive your down payment we will send the foundation plan to you so you can get your site ready for when your 1-866-LOGKITS.COM package arrives.

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