Quality products require the highest quality raw building materials. Unlike most log house companies who use locally convenient building materials, Satterwhite has searched the entire North American continent seeking wood with exact characteristics. The log house industry is notorious for endless debates about wood species. But one factor is a constant, regardless of the tree type, and that is moisture content. The simple fact is that living trees have high water content and that the dimensions of wood change dramatically as it dries after being cut. That means that your log home will take time to settle after it is built. By starting with trees that have been killed by natural causes, then allowed to dry over time in arid conditions of the American West, Satterwhite sidesteps all of the issues and costs of working with green-cut living trees. And, it turns out, the natural solution is the best solution for thorough dryness and long-term stability. Besides superior performance, many people prefer building their log houses without cutting living trees.
High in the Rocky Mountains, there are vast tracts of timber that have been killed by periodic beetle epidemics. The beetles kill green trees but do not harm the wood, leaving a tree dead but still standing and sound. There, at the high altitudes, where the humidity is low and the precipitation is mostly snow, trees stand for years, sometimes decades. Over time, this dry climate and natural curing process thoroughly dry dead-standing trees. Dry wood is necessary for dimensionally stable lumber and house logs. The wood that is used in conventional home construction is dried, usually by kiln or air drying. This process works fine for lumber and boards, but with sizable pieces of wood, such as house logs, the results are far from satisfactory. While kiln or air drying logs yield a certain degree of dryness, it's difficult to dry large house logs to the center by duplicating the natural aging process.
All logs shrink, warp, and crack to some extent during the drying and aging process. With Satterwhite logs, the shrinkage and warpage have already occurred before the logs are used in your log house. Their house logs, made from dead-standing timber, are stable. By building with Satterwhite Logs, you get benefits in both in the long run with the stability of your home, and in the short run with labor and freight savings due to lighter weight.
With Satterwhite, there are three ways to buy your log home. You can choose from log walls only so you can build your log home. House logs are the essential ingredient of any log house. Satterwhite sells in single units, essentially a log home lumber yard. The second way to buy is a material package. This is a choice of log home where you build it. They supply the log house package of building materials that are necessary to dry in your log home. The house logs, framing lumber, plywood, doors, windows, etc. Lastly, you can purchase the constructed shell. Satterwhite provides the building materials and labor. Their experienced team will dry in your log home.
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