Comfort System 5 Log Wall
Manufacturing your log home in a way that protects your investment. The Comfort System 5™ log wall does just that. A technically superior log construction system that prevents air and water from infiltrating the structure by using dado end joints - no inferior spline system used. Our team of design engineers developed the Comfort System 5™ — a unique, structurally graded log system that features:
- Air-dried cedar logs — Milled with an overhanging drip edge to whisk rain down and away from your home.
- Tongue-and-groove joinery — Provides a mechanical barrier to the elements by preventing air infiltration through the walls and helps to keep your logs walls straight and true during construction.
- An internal foam gasket barrier — Acts as an additional line of defense to ensure your home against moisture and air infiltration.
- An external foam backer rod — Fits into the profile of each cedar log, which is grooved to accommodate it. This provides a non-adhesive surface so the caulking, which acts like an elastic band that expands and contracts with the wood, will stick only to the upper and lower wood surfaces of the groove.
- Perma-Chink Energy Seal exterior caulking — Specially formulated to fit in the 1/4" groove on the exterior surface of our logs to protect your home from elements like rain and wind, which can cause problems with air and water infiltration. A thoroughly tested blend of acrylic polymer that dries to form an elastic, durable surface, Perma-Chink requires little-to-no maintenance. It is perfectly textured and colored to blend beautifully with the natural tones of a Ward Cedar Home, and it can be stained just like the logs.
In addition, with butt-and-pass corners, invented by Bruce Ward, logs alternately extend past one another instead of the square log ends butting against the face of each other. End logs fit together in a tongue-and-groove fashion with foam sealant, backer rod and caulking providing superior protection.
Ward was the inventor of the interlocking "butt-and-pass" corner and log joinery system. Instead of the square log ends butting against the face of each other, logs alternately extend past one another. Each log fits together in a tongue-and-groove fashion, with the foam sealant, backer rod and caulking providing superior protection.
White Cedar is an extra cost option with many companies, which usually sell the local-type pine in their package. It is Ward's only species offered and, if you compare accurately, Ward's package prices are competitive with theirs. You can have the quality and durability of cedar from Ward and still have it price comparably to other lower-cost woods.
Northern White Cedar has several characteristics that make it the best wood species to use for log home construction, including:
- high natural resistance to rot or decay
- the most natural resistance to insects
- the best insulation value per inch
- more dimensionally stable than most woods
- doesn't warp, crack and twist as much as other woods
- easy to work, cut, plane and nail
- a beautiful light color, with small brown knots
Cedar's characteristics are widely known. In fact, one of the three model building codes in the United States allows the use of cedar anywhere the use of pressure treated lumber is required.
Don't just take our word about all of the reasons to use Northern White Cedar. Do some research yourself. Look at cedar and pine log homes that are three to five years old. Talk to the owners about each. Visit the library and study the wood technology books. And reputable sources such as Log Home Living Magazine state that cedar is "Highly resistant to decay" and is "A finer grade of wood." You'll quickly decide on the value of cedar for your home too!
Here is a Breakdown of Wood Species Used in Log Homes.
The premier pre-cut purlin roof system is created from the finest handpicked spruce logs, which are peeled by Ward craftsmen and sized to specification for each individual home. Pre-cut gables are pre-erected at our manufacturing facility and then disassembled to insure the angle of each log has been perfectly cut. Ward also offers the option of pre-assembled conventional truss roof systems for customers preferring traditional flat or vaulted ceilings. Conventional rafter roof systems are also available.
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