Frequently Asked Questions

Are log homes more expensive than traditional, stick-built homes?caldwell_lv_rm

Given the same size and features, the cost of a log home is comparable to any custom-built home. However, people who build a log home usually plan to stay, and therefore invest in higher-quality fixtures and finishing, which can raise the value.

What type of wood is best for a log home?

Different species have different characteristics, and the best type of wood depends on your particular needs.

  • Southern Yellow Pine produces a dense log with lots of grain, remarkable for its high-tensile strength. It is the most structurally sound.
  • White Pine is softer than Southern Yellow Pine, light in weight with a less prominent grain. Typically used in lateral applications, White Pine is usually chosen for its light color and few knots.
  • Hemlock is a moderately hard, lightweight wood. It is usually selected for the aesthetic qualities of its characteristic, uneven grain.
  • Western Red Cedar is a soft and light wood, renowned for its distinctive scent and warm, reddish hue. Cedar is naturally resistant to disease and insects, but is typically used in lateral applications and cannot be hewn.

How much maintenance is needed for a log home?

A log home typically requires less maintenance than a conventional stick-frame home. A preservative treatment – with stain if desired – are recommended as soon as possible after construction is completed. The preservative should be applied to exterior surfaces every four to five years.

Are log homes energy efficient?

The thermal properties of wood make logs great insulators, and the insulation value increases with log diameter and density. Graded logs, kiln drying, pre-cutting, pre-drilling, profiled corner notches, log adhesive, lag-bolt assembly and pre-manufactured window and door jambs make Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes substantially stronger and more energy-efficient than any other type of log and timber system on the market. Contact Barna Log Homes of Pennsylvania and we will share with you a Energy Efficiency study on Log Home vs. Conventional construction techniques.

Can my Jim Barna Log and Timber Home be customized to my needs?

Yes, many of the Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes are customized and even though we have many standard models that might meet your needs as they are, our full-service design and engineering department gives us complete flexibility in helping you design a home that ideally fits your lifestyle.

caldwell_backWill Barna Log Homes of Pennsylvania construct my log home for me?

Barna Log Homes of Pennsylvania has, as an option, the capabilities to dry your home in (under roof with doors and windows installed) on your basement or can provide you a fully constructed home as a turnkey package. We have a complete partner network that provides as little or as many building services as you need. Since we work closely with our partners, they fully understand the Jim Barna building techniques and our quality processes. If you want to build parts of your log home yourself, we will work with you to determine what will be the optimum plan of action.

How much will my Jim Barna Log and Timber Home cost to finish, and how will it compare to conventional construction?

The finished cost of your home will depend on several factors–your location, choice of finish materials, how much of the work you do yourself, etc. But, in every case, your total investment should be about the same as a conventional home built to the same standards and with similar construction methods. Once we understand your home plan, we’ll work a detailed cost estimate in support of winning your business.

Will I be able to obtain financing for my Jim Barna Log and Timber Home?

In most areas, you will have no problem getting mortgage or construction financing from your local lenders. However, in some areas where log and Timber homes are not as common, the lenders may have questions or hesitations. These can usually be answered quickly and easily by examining the log and timber home industry and credentials of Barna Log Homes of Pennsylvania as a company. Although it is usually more comfortable for you to obtain your financing locally, Barna Log Homes of Pennsylvania can help arrange mortgage financing through a number of partner lenders that work with us. Contact us for more information.

Can my Jim Barna Log and Timber Home be added on to in the future?

Yes, whether you choose a full round log, our D-log or the square log, we can match our logs with identical new ones for an addition that will look like part of the original home. We can also help with the design and construction of the addition when you’re ready.

How long has Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes been in business, and how stable is the company?

We began manufacturing our log homes in 1975 and were incorporated in 1976 under the name Barna and Danner Co. Since then, we’ve grown to become one of the largest privately held (Distributor Owned) companies in the industry, with over 14000 homes shipped all over the world. Our control of raw materials, commitment to quality and service with positive sustained growth will continue to insure our financial stability.

Do my Jim Barna logs or timbers carry a warranty?

All log systems manufactured by Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes carry a limited lifetime warranty on the log and timber elements. The details of this warranty can be found in our warranty statement. Please contact us to get a copy of our warranty statement should you require the information.