Salvaging and Recycling from Vintage Log Homes

vintage salvage home photo
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When it comes to homes and home accessories, recycling and salvaging can be good for both the environment and your budget. But when it comes to log homes and other log structures, the use of repurposed timber can be costly compared to alternatives such as log-like steel siding.

If you’re considering building or renovating a home or cabin with salvaged timber, but are concerned about future maintenance expenses, give TruLog™ a call at 970-646-4490 to learn more about our unique system. TruLog steel siding provides the look of an authentic log home with improved energy efficiency and no maintenance worries.

Salvaging Vintage Log Cabins

In many places where new residential and business developments are being constructed, vintage log cabins, timber-frame barns, log mills and other timber-based buildings must be torn down. These structures can yield recyclable goods including:

  • Hand-hewn logs
  • Lumber frame beams
  • Antique wood flooring
  • Vintage wood mantels

Stoves, doors, building hardware, furnishings and other home accessories may also be salvaged from old log homes and timber-frame barns. These materials are often resold—and frequently at considerable expense—for new building projects or renovations of existing log structures.

The Costs of Building with Salvaged Timber

If you’re considering building or renovating with traditional logs, there are two primary costs to keep in mind: the cost of construction and the cost of future maintenance. Both are significant expenses.

We have previously discussed the costs of restoring a log home, which can run tens of thousands of dollars. Many people also overlook the expenses associated with maintaining a log cabin, which may cost thousands of dollars annually. Salvaged timber can also be weathered, and even with new sealant antique logs may not have long lifespans or provide much in the way of insulation and protection.

TruLog offers the rustic charms of an authentic log cabin with modern advantages that include increased durability, improved energy efficiency and a maintenance-free design. And if you’re seeking to incorporate recycled items, a TruLog exterior can complement salvaged home flourishes like flooring, fireplaces, doors and interior timber beams.

To learn more about the innovative, maintenance-free TruLog system or to request a sample, please contact TruLog online or call us at 970-646-4490. TruLog is based in Loveland, Colorado, but we ship nationwide and work with installers in states that include Colorado, Wyoming, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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