We’re often asked why Southern Timbercraft invests the time and expense in kiln drying the wood accents and architectural elements that will be used in the homes we build. The answer is simple. We want to produce the most stable and durable home possible for our customers.
We wanted to share with you seven simple reasons we kiln drying.
- Uniformity and stability. Kiln-dried logs are “pre-shrunk” before milling to create a uniform and stable timber that experiences less settling and tighter joints. Years of experience have taught us how to create a building method to account for minor changes in the wood.
- Fewer checks. Careful drying in a controlled environment minimizes checking (cracking), which occurs in the kilns, before milling and during final construction.
- Grading Accuracy. After kiln-drying the timbers, trained inspectors can grade defective timbers out. Timbers selected for use in your home are stamped by our certified TPI grader.
- Kills Pests. Heat from kiln drying will destroy any fungi that cause wood decay, as well as any insects, their eggs or larvae.
- Stops Sap. Most pitch in the wood is crystallized during kiln drying, preventing “sap” from seeping to the surface after the home is constructed.
- Smooth, Durable Finishes. Interior and exterior finishes can be applied immediately following construction for more convenient and immediate protection. Applications may absorb deeper and last longer.
7. Lighter Timbers. It’s estimated that thousands of pounds of water are removed from a typical home with timber architectural details and wood components during kiln drying, significantly reducing the weight of the logs. Two people can handle even the longest timbers during the construction process. You can expect stability and durability from our homes. Kiln drying is one of our choices that makes a Southern Timbercraft home your forever home.