Log homes are becoming popular again in the South. In the late 1800's more than 50 percent of all dwellings were constructed of logs. But by the mid- 1930's wood siding homes had become the norm, with less than 1 percent of new homes constructed of logs. Wood siding homes usually were better constructed becasue they were built to be permanent rather than temporary.
Today, home builders are discovering that log homes can provide attractive, long- lasting shelter, but that they also have insect, wood rot and exterior finishing problems if improperly constructed and maintained. Also, heating and cooling costs can be higher for log homes as compared to conventional homes. To be assured of satisfaction with the final product, potential log home owners should be aware of possible problems so that they can be prevented.