One big mistakes that log and timber enthusiasts make is thinking all contractors are created equal when it comes to log and timber frame homes. If you really question most contractors, they will admit to you that they ignorant about these types of homes. They know nothing about the large amount of weight that the foundation must be able to bear, the electrical wiring and HVAC requirements, proper insulation, caulking, sealing, chinking, the list goes on and on.
Not hiring the right contractor can lead to a multitude of problems down the road. We know first hand because we have been called by countless homeowners who were at the end of their rope. We have even had homeowners who have said they thought they were going to have to cover the whole house in vinyl siding to keep it from leaking. Make sure that you interview your contractor and ask questions. If at all possible, hire a log or timber frame specialist. It is well worth the investment!
We have also been asked to inspect homes that potential buyers are considering purchasing. If you are looking at buying a log or timber home, the investment of your time and money getting an inspection from a log or timber frame contractor is essential.
We have been told many times, “I only wish that I had hired a log or timber frame builder to look at this home instead of a general home inspector.”
Why a qualified contractor? Because a home inspector doesn’t know log and timber frame homes. They simply don’t know what to look for. They don’t know the general problem areas for homes not built right. A log/timber frame contractor knows what quality work should be expected in these types of structures.
We offer inspection and consultation services at an hourly rate and will give you good sound advice before you purchase a log or timber frame home. Also, if you are having problems with your existing home, we can offer you maintenance suggestions to improve the structural integrity of your home.