Time Tested Smart Logs
Observing our log homes since 1977 led us to our present log profile and joinery system, which we call the “Smart Log.” The design is “smart” and has several unique design features which make Gastineau Smart Logs perform above industry standards.
Two Sealing Channels
The single tongue and groove log is a familiar profile in the log home industry, but it has only one seal on the top of the tongue. The Gastineau Smart Logs have two separate sealing channels, one of each side of the tongue. A continuous bead of our exclusive Log Bond adhesive is placed in both channels. One tongue, but two separate sealing areas, make our logs far exceed the industry standard.
When the logs are stacked, the sides of the tongue and groove lock together, reducing the possibility of twisting. On top of the tongue is an airspace which has three purposes:
- It acts as a dead airspace which increases the logs energy efficiency
- The space allows clearance for the head of the log fastener as the walls settle
- The weight bearing surfaces of the log are on both outer edges, keeping the interior and exterior joints tight. It also makes the construction of a plumb log wall quicker and easier.
Pre-drilled For Fasteners
All of our logs arrive at the site predrilled every 16” for the log fastener. This keeps the log fastener vertically straight as the logs are screwed together. It also helps the log fastener head to counter sink into the top log as it is installed.
Better Caulk Performance
All caulk manufacturers state that two-point adhesion is critical for maximum performance of their caulk products. Most caulk failure can be attributed to an application that resulted in three-point adhesion. Our Smart Log profile logs include a machined caulk channel 1/4” high by 1/2” deep. A 1/4” backer rod is placed into the back of the caulk channel and then a bead of caulk is tooled into the channel. The caulk will not stick to the backer rod. This forces the caulk to stick to the logs, resulting in two point adhesion. Thus, the elimination of caulk failure and minimization of maintenance.
At Gastineau Log Homes we believe that using modified random length logs and cutting at the job site to length is quicker, easier and cheaper while allowing the customer the luxury of making last minute changes to door and window sizes or locations. Building log homes since 1977 has proven this to be a fact.
Simple, Quick Wall Construction
You are probably asking yourself how can random length logs be easier? It is because the actual construction process requires less steps and is less complicated than a precut log. We provide you with the jigs and even the router bit needed to duplicate splines when necessary. Combined with our precut door and window jambs, you will discover that erecting the logs is simple and quick.
Our random length logs only have to be cut to length next to a door, window or in the corners. This means the builder only has to handle the logs once. Simply pick the log that is nearest to you, apply two continuous beads of Log Bond, and set the log in place. The builder does not have to presort the logs according to numbers or wall designations.
Another advantage to random length logs is that you can modify doors and window sizes and/or locations at the job site. If you are trying to capture a spectacular view, the location of glass can be critical. Moving a window a mere 6 inches can make the difference between being able to see the view from your bed or looking at the window trim.
Gastineau Log Homes has a minimum of six Construction Seminars annually. These are designed for both the home owner and the builder. Let our construction experts show you how easy our system is to construct. Contact your sales representative for the dates of our upcoming seminars.
Standard Log Profiles (8″ wide x 6″ tall)
Tall Log Profiles (6″ wide x 8″ tall)
8″ x 8″ Log Profiles (8″wide x 8″ tall)