Laminated vs Natural Solid Logs

A house constructed of Laminated Timber logs is the best choice for anyone looking for the natural beauty of timber construction whilst avoiding the problems associated with traditional milled logs.

Minimal Shrinkage

Traditional solid logs shrink by approximately 10% as they dry out, causing cracking and the formation of gaps. The main settling period takes up to a year with further shrinkage of approximately 1% occurring after this. Since solid timber is generally air dried and each log has varying moisture levels, each log dries at a different rate.

This affects the quality of construction and thermal insulation of the structure. Doors and windows cant be installed until shrinkage has taken place as there is a very real danger of damaging them. Laminated logs are pre-shrunk during the production process. Further shrinkage will not exceed 1%.

Laminated Logs do not Warp

Anyone that has experienced building a house of solid logs knows that the logs warp overtime. Laminated logs do not warp for the following reasons:

  • They consist of several lamella’s (layers) with the timber grain running in opposing directions.
  • High quality glues strengthen the log making it able to withstand the natural process of the timber warping.
  • The individual lamella’s are kiln dried, therefore the laminated log does not change its form.

Laminated Timber does not require internal finishing

Solid timber walls are generally finished with internal linings. This requires additional time and money. The natural appearance of laminated timber is sufficiently attractive and therefore does not require internal lining.

Laminated Timber has Greater Thermal Energy Conservation

Due to the unique joints and strong glues used in the laminating process, our laminated logs make the penetration of air impossible. Unlike solid logs that have a tendency to warp and crack when drying which lowers the thermal advantages of the timber logs.


All timber houses require appropriate maintenance, and laminated log houses ensure that you only have minimal maintenance and the associated cost compared to solid timber logs. Because solid logs shrink and crack additional insulation and filling of gaps is required regularly. Laminated logs only require a coating of antiseptic solution 6-7 years after construction.

The initial cost of laminated logs is more expensive than solid logs due to the manufacturing process and the high quality of our product. However the time taken to construct your house is lessened, there is no requirement for internal wall linings, energy savings and lower maintenance will cancel out most if not all of the price difference.