Personal Protection: Overhangs, Gutters & Porches

Okay this is not a very exciting topic, but overhangs, gutters/downspouts and porches are important elements to include when designing your log home.  Keep reading...

  • Overhangs are typically wider-deeper on log homes compared to conventional housing to protect the logs from rain water, especially the corners.  Most are at least 2 feet or wider and are effective at keeping rain water off your log walls.
  • Gutters and downspouts in our humble opinion are must haves and here's why. Not only does it prevent rain water splash-up on your bottom rows of logs which can extend the life of your stain finish, but also reduces the potential for log rot.  They also move rain water away from your foundation wall when you use buried drain tile connected to your downspouts.  Can you guess how much volume of water runs off a 1,500 sq. ft. roof during 1" rainstorm?  The answer is surprising, 935 gallons, half an inch is 467 gallons!
  • Side porches are great features for any log home and offer added protection for your log wall from the elements - rain, snow and sun.  Not only will your stain finish last longer under a porch but its a functional outdoor space that adds flare to your design.

During your preliminary design phase consider these important features for your log home.

By The Leelanau Log Home Company LLC

www.leelanauloghomes.com