We are about to embark on a very exciting chapter of log home construction – the weather-tight phase! Weather-tight and dry-in are terms that can be used interchangeably. Essentially, these phrases mean that the inside of the home will remain dry from now on.
In order to officially accomplish the dry-in phase, windows and doors must be installed. Let’s talk about this.
Openings for windows and doors
As you may recall from previous articles, our logs are pre-cut for window and door openings. What that means is when the logs are stacked, the rough window and door openings are naturally formed. It looks like this. Builders love this feature because the pre-cutting of these areas saves potential costly mis-cuts on the job site.
Paul Flury, the builder of this Rhode Island log home, will follow detailed construction drawings that define exactly where and how each window and door should be installed.
Name-brand components for windows and doors
As a standard in every Timberhaven weather-tight package, you will find name-brand windows by Andersen and exterior doors by Therma-Tru. We also offer Weather-Shield windows as an alternative option to Andersen products.
Also as a standard, you will also receive exterior door hardware, screens and grilles, 2x window and door bucks and trim, and the metal elements you need to mount the doors and windows. No running to your local hardware store to pick up materials that are needed to complete your log home.
Preparation and Installation
In order to prepare the rough door and window openings for installation, bucks are installed and squareness is confirmed. Then the windows and doors are partially set with galvanized nails. Next the builder ensures the units are level and plumb then permanently fastens them to the frame with the provided hardware. Fiberglass insulation is inserted between the jambs and bucks and at top and bottom voids. Once installed, the areas look like this.
The builder repeats this process until all of the windows and doors have been installed. Now the weather-tight log home is ready for trim and the next phases of interior log home construction.
The excitement is culminating. Can you feel it?
Check back next week for more…