If you are considering building a log home, consider members of the Log Homes Council. The Log Homes Council is part of the Building Systems Councils, a council of the National Association of Home Builders. Members are required to participate in the Log Homes Council’s log and timber grading program. It is important to select a log home company that grades and certifies under the grading rules established by the Log Homes Council. This protects you as a customer and ensures that you get only graded logs and timbers when purchasing from a Council Member. This is a critical issue, as the new International Building Code will require grading and building inspectors may reject logs and timbers which have not been graded.
Log Homes Council members must subscribe to a rigid code of ethics developed to ensure well-constructed, code-complying structures and fair business dealings. The Council is a clearing house for complaints dealing with questionable practices and often times mediates customer complaints and disputes. All Council members agree to provide interested persons with truthful and accurate information and educational materials about log home building systems. The Log Homes Council sponsors research and testing of materials to determine structural and thermal qualities. This information has been critical to engineers and architects as they design buildings with log and timber components. Members of the Log Homes Council are also members of the National Association of Home Builders.
In addition to using the Better Business Bureau, using the Log Homes Council is a great way to narrow your search for a log or timber home company. Organizations such as the Timber Framers Guild and the Timber Frame Business Council are also great resources for researching industry companies. Starting your search with the members of these organizations will ensure that you are shopping the best log home companies! See PrecisionCraft’s member profile at the Log Homes Council web site.