When getting into log cabin sales business, you always become more than just a salesman. You become an advisor, someone who your client relies on for information. With a lot of clients, especially if it’s their first time buying a log home, questions can get pretty repetitive.
In this post, we want to focus on several key questions your clients may ask about log cabin production. And specifically, materials they ought to choose for their log cabin kits. After 27 years in business, we at Eurodita are deeply familiar with urgent questions presented by our partners. We work hard to answer all of them in a timely fashion. Here, we will share our experience of most common questions in regards to materials used in building and decorating a log cabin.
Type of wood
We covered this topic extensively in our post about the types of timber used in contemporary log home designs. In a nutshell, it’s a very common question that comes from almost every customer. These questions reach us through our partners and we are well and ready to answer them.
We use, in our opinion, the most reliable timber of Northern pine. Usually harvested in Siberia or Scandinavia, these trees are slow-growing and have low resin content. This results in a strong and extremely durable wood of light colour.
If you plan to select a different log home supplier, this is the first question you ask so you can deliver the right information to your clients. Options vary depending on the regional specifics. Some more southern regions perhaps favour cypress trees, others opt to use walnut or oak, depending on what latitude they’re situated in.
Regardless, this question comes up often. And the main reason for it is that customers want to know if your bespoke summer houses, camping pods or any other structure is durable and sustainable. You can therefore introduce your clients to the type of wood used in the production and present them sources of where this wood comes from and how it is replanted.
Another very common question that comes up. Not just the style of the roof itself, but tiles used as well. At Eurodita, we always opt for a sloping roof where we can. This type of roof stops rainwater from building up on top and causing damage. We recommend this option for all our bespoke summer houses, bespoke garden rooms, bespoke log cabins and so on.
For glulam log cabins and garden rooms we do use flat rooftop designs, but always make them slopped. If your client requires your consult on roof options, here are several key things we recommend as well.
For bespoke log homes, we often recommend the hip to gable style roof. It basically means there is a highest point ridge in the middle of the roof and it slopes downwards from there. These types of roofs also come in separate styles.
First is classic, with a slope between minimum of 19 degrees and all the way to 42 degrees. Then we have a pyramid shaped rooftop, where all 4 sides of the roof slope down and meet in the middle as a peak. Lastly, there’s the Dutch style rooftop that slopes gradually as opposed to pyramid or classic style. This type of roof is the best if your client wants to optimally use a loft space.
Next to discuss with your client are the roof tiles. For glulam summer houses, sheds and garden rooms, it’s best to pick tuin – otherwise known as roof felt. It’s a classic material used to finish timber buildings.
For bigger buildings like log homes and glulam houses, we recommend the option of tiles. They can be sheet, metal or plastic tiles. All are valid options for good price and quality ratio. More expensive are the natural tiles. They’re usually made of slate or other stone and can get pricy, but if your client can afford it, it’s great looking option.
Paint type and colour
Another topic we covered extensively in a separate blog post. To sum it up, from this point on, your job is to inform the client on extra work that will be needed after the production and set up. Alternatively, if you provide all-inclusive construction work, you will still need to walk them through all the steps and picking of the paint.
For glulam timber framed houses, the steps are always as follows: primer, first coat and finisher. With finishers, you will want to include your client as much as possible, to determine the final primary colour of the house and its details. This part is where you will need to guide your clients the most and pick the type of paint that will last long and fit the colour pallet.
At Eurodita, we do not personally insulate the log houses we produce. However, we can and do prepare bespoke timber houses for insulation procedures. As you place your order with us, we will include insulation prep into all your orders.
When discussing insulation with your clients, it’s good to have a log cabin manufacturer that is able to prepare the log home for insulation. This procedure usually happens if your client is looking to buy a log home as a permanent dwelling or looking for a bespoke summer house build. In any case, it is usually a larger construction or a seasonal choice.
If you will be looking for the bespoke log cabin companies as your partners, make sure to ask them these questions as well. The materials used in log homes that you sell to your clients must be of highest standard so you can trust that you’re selling the best possible glulam log house. If you want to know more about opportunities with us as your partners, visit our Partner Program page. We have also covered the ways you can choose the best log home manufacturer as partner in our previous post. Good luck!