Product Review                  

May 24,  2004

Amerlink Log Homes

               ♦  Cheyenne I

               ♦  Cimarron

               ♦  Carrington I

               ♦  Lakewood

               ♦  Walton III

               ♦  Cascade

               ♦  Carolina I

               ♦  Provo

             

Some AmerLink™ Models

AmerLink Log Homes has a home for every dream and every budget.  Below are eight Featured Designs from the AmerLink Log Homes planning guide, to help you narrow in on some basics…vacation or primary home, one or more stories, price, and square footage. 

 

You can make personal modifications to their standard plans or go further, provide them with your ideas so they can design your dream home!Your ideas are welcome at AmerLink Log Homes…but for now, here are a few of theirs…

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AmerLink™ Cheyenne I

A modified A-Frame, the Cheyenne comes in two models – the Cheyenne I w/1,420 Sq Ft living area, and Cheyenne II w/1,226 sq ft., on two floors.  The series offers three bedrooms, kitchen, great room, as well as a bath on each floor, and an optional deck.

 

See floor plan details below.  Regional configurations of states are listed at end of model series.

 

  

         Cheyenne I                                                Floorplan      

 

Retail Price

      ● Eastern Region $49,495

      ● Western Region $54,795

      ● Southeastern Region $47,995

 

877-216-5647     for GLSFC members

800-872-4254     for general questions

800-872-4254 ex. 409   technical questions about construction

 

loghomeinformation@amerlink.com     www.amerlink.com

 

 www.amerlink.com/glsfc/

 

AmerLink™ Cimarron

Perfect for the empty-nester with a sense of style, the Cimarron offers luxurious log home living. Entertaining is made easy with the spacious great room that opens onto both a large deck and covered porch. The oversized master bedroom suite and guest room provide you, and your guests, with separate, and very private, space.

 

The Cimarron has 1,990 Sq Ft living area, a 224 sq ft porch, and a 576 sq ft – 2 car garage

 

See floor plan details below.  Regional configurations of states are listed at end of model series.

 

  

               Cimarron                                                 Floor plan

 

Retail Price

      ● Eastern Region $71,195

      ● Western Region $78,795

      ● Southeastern Region $69,095

 

877-216-5647     for GLSFC members

800-872-4254     for general questions

800-872-4254 ex. 409    technical questions about construction

 

loghomeinformation@amerlink.com     www.amerlink.com

 

www.amerlink.com/glsfc/

 

AmerLink™ Carrington I

The large great room, featuring a cathedral ceiling, and covered porch on all sides provide gathering areas for family and friends both inside and out. The master bedroom suite features a large walk-in closet, whirlpool bath and separate shower. Three additional bedrooms are provided for as well as a comfortable sitting room in the second floor loft..

 

The Carrington comes in three models:  I, II, and III, all with slight variations in floor plans and sq footage. The Carrington I shown below has 2,956 Sq Ft living area and a 1,274 sq ft porch.

 

See floor plan details below.  Regional configurations of states are listed at end of model series.

 

  

             Carrington I                                             Floor plan

 

Retail Price

      ● Eastern Region $92,995

      ● Western Region $102,895

      ● Southeastern Region $90,195

 

877-216-5647     for GLSFC members

800-872-4254     for general questions

800-872-4254 ex. 409    technical questions about construction

 

loghomeinformation@amerlink.com     www.amerlink.com

 

www.amerlink.com/glsfc/

 

AmerLink™ Lakewood

The Lakewood encompasses a design particularly suited for use as a modest vacation home. Though small in size, the Lakewood offers its space in all the right areas - an open living, dining and kitchen area and a large covered porch on which to enjoy those peaceful vacation mornings and evenings.

 

The Lakewood has 720 Sq Ft living area and a 192 sq ft porch.

 

See floor plan details below.  Regional configurations of states are listed at end of model series.

 

          

              Lakewood                                              Floor plan   

 

Retail Price

      ● Eastern Region $29,695

      ● Western Region $32,895

      ● Southeastern Region $28,795

 

877-216-5647     for GLSFC members

800-872-4254     for general questions

800-872-4254 ex. 409    technical questions about construction

 

loghomeinformation@amerlink.com     www.amerlink.com

 

www.amerlink.com/glsfc/

AmerLink™ Walton III 

the Walton III provides the traditional log home look with the wide wrap-around porch and three front dormers. This three bedroom plan features a first floor master bedroom suite, large kitchen and combined living/dining area that's both spacious and cozy.  An open ceiling over the family room lends an aura of grandeur.

 

The Walton Series has five models; the Walton III shown below has 1,950 sq ft living area and a 455 sq ft porch       

 

See floor plan details below.  Regional configurations of states are listed at end of model series.

 

   

                 Walton III                                              Floor plan

 

Retail Price

      ● Eastern Region $67,095

      ● Western Region $74,295

      ● Southeastern Region $65,095

 

877-216-5647     for GLSFC members

800-872-4254     for general questions

800-872-4254 ex. 409    technical questions about construction

 

loghomeinformation@amerlink.com     www.amerlink.com

 

www.amerlink.com/glsfc/

 

AmerLink™ Cascade

Part of the Alpine Series, the Cascade features a prow front with lots of glass as well as an open living room and loft/balcony from which to enjoy the view! This four bedroom plan also features a formal dining area and three full baths.

 

The Cascade has 2,142 sq ft total living area and an optional deck.

 

See floor plan details below.  Regional configurations of states are listed at end of model series.

 

  

                     Cascade                                           Floor plan

 

Retail Price

      ● Eastern Region $66,795

      ● Western Region $73,895

      ● Southeastern Region $64,795

 

877-216-5647     for GLSFC members

800-872-4254     for general questions

800-872-4254 ex. 409    technical questions about construction

 

loghomeinformation@amerlink.com     www.amerlink.com

 

www.amerlink.com/glsfc/

 

AmerLink™ Carolina I

A traditional log home look, the Carolina I has four bedrooms, three full baths and an oversized Great Room just off the kitchen that functions as a dining or leisure area.

 

The Carolina Series has four models; the Carolina I shown below has 1,272 sq ft living area and a 272 sq ft porch     

 

See floor plan details below.  Regional configurations of states are listed at end of model series.

 

   

                  Carolina I                                           Floor plan

 

Retail Price

      ● Eastern Region $42,395

      ● Western Region $46,895

      ● Southeastern Region $41,095

 

877-216-5647     for GLSFC members

800-872-4254     for general questions

800-872-4254 ex. 409    technical questions about construction

 

loghomeinformation@amerlink.com     www.amerlink.com

 

www.amerlink.com/glsfc/

 

AmerLink™ Provo

Another traditional log home look, the Provo is designed for use as a modest vacation home. Though small in size, the Provo also offers its space in all the right areas - an open living and kitchen area which can easily handle dining arrangements, and a bedroom and full bath.

 

The Provo has 416 sq ft living area.

 

See floor plan details below.  Regional configurations of states are listed at end of model series.

 

              

                      Provo                                              Floor plan

 

Retail Price

      ● Eastern Region $21,095

      ● Western Region $23,295

      ● Southeastern Region $20,395

 

877-216-5647     for GLSFC members

800-872-4254     for general questions

800-872-4254 ex. 409    technical questions about construction

 

loghomeinformation@amerlink.com     www.amerlink.com

 

www.amerlink.com/glsfc


About AmerLink™            

AmerLink, Ltd. manufactures and sells log home packages (or "kits") from a standard line of over 70 residential models and also offers commercial designs, barn packages and outbuildings. 

 

The company was founded in 1982 by current CEO Richard Spoor and remains privately held by Spoor (owns about 90 % of the shares) and a variety of small shareholders, most of whom are employees, dealers or relatives of the founder.  AmerLink's president is Larry Guyette. 

 

AmerLink, Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of weather-tight log home shell packages.  More than 2,500 customers have built AmerLink log homes since the company’s founding in 1982, making AmerLink one of the top five log home manufacturers in the United States.  They have a standard line of over 70 residential models and also offer commercial designs, barn packages and outbuildings. 

 

AmerLink, one of the top 5 log home manufacturers in the U.S. is located in a rural, campus-like setting on over 80 acres near Rocky Mount, N.C.  In the mid '90's, the company established relationships with nationwide “log home friendly” lenders in order that customers have ready access to construction and permanent financing at competitive rates and terms.  In 1999, AmerLink launched its construction division, AmerLink Construction Company, to provide buyers with quality shell erection services and the comfort of having one company responsible for both the log home shell package materials and the erection of those materials.

 

The company features an experienced and loyal staff, a large base of satisfied customers and an enormous sales lead base that is continually updated.  These plusses, along with a location which features both a high traffic count (90,000 vehicles per day) and room for growth (over 40 acres dedicated to the plant and future expansion), makes AmerLink the hub, both now and in the future, of truly international log home manufacturing, construction and sales entity.


Special offer for GLSFC members

Order your AmerLink "Get Going Kit", featuring our 148 page full-color Planning Guide of over 70 designs at a special price for GLSFC members--only $10.00--that's $4.95 OFF the regular price! Log on to our special GLSFC members website www.amerlink.com/glsfc or call toll-free 800-872-4254  (and tell us you're a GLSFC member.)


Special Discount Offer for Purchases
As corporate supporters of the GLSFC, AmerLink Log Homes is pleased to offer Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council members a 25% discount on any AmerLink Log Home package!  Check it out at http://www.amerlink.com/glsfc/

   1.Prices reflect White Pine log and log siding material kiln-dried to a moisture content of 19% to one inch below the surface.

   2.Prices listed are applicable for Original Classic, Contemporary Bevel, Double-Four Bevel and Notch Lap (no chinking) log styles in the 8/6

      log size.

   3.Please call or see our Planning Guide for our Lifetime Limited Warranty.


Regional Configuration for pricing

Eastern Region USA(AR, CT, IL, IN, LA, ME, MA, MI, MS, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI.)  CANADA (Labrador, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Ontario.)

 

Western Region USA (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, IA, KS, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY. CANADA (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Yukon.)

 

Southeastern Region USA (AL, DE, DC, FL, GA, KY, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV.)  This price list also applies to all international shipments (except Canada with a F.O.B of Rocky Mount, NC.


AmerLink Warranty

Lifetime Limited Warranty

What Is Covered: All log wall materials manufactured by AmerLink when used in conjunction with a residential structure are warranted to the original purchaser to be free from defects in manufacturing and workmanship for the lifetime of the original purchaser.

 

What AmerLink Will Do: Under this warranty, AmerLink will repair or replace the defective item at its discretion. This warranty does not cover the natural characteristic of some wood to check, warp or twist. AmerLink shall not be liable for labor, installation or shipping costs related to repair or replacement, or damages resulting from improper handling or installation. To the extent permitted by law, AmerLink shall have no liability for any consequential or incidental damages caused by defective materials, and have no further liability except as expressly stated herein.


AmerLink Log styles

AmerLink log homes are offered in six distinct log styles.  The Original Classic Log, featuring a rounded exterior and flat interior, truly says “log home.” Most log styles are available in any one of our four log sizes (8/6, 8/8, 12/6 and 12/8). AmerLink is known throughout the log home industry as one of the most, if not the most, price competitive companies in the business. The company is also know for its commitment to the use of high quality materials. The log wall and matching log siding material are a key element of your log home package. We grade every piece in accordance with the standards established by Timer Products Inspection, an independent timber grading agency.


Material Specifications

                                  

STANDARD LOG HOME WEATHERTIGHT SHELL PACKAGE

 

1.  Pressure treated sill plate and sill sealer for perimeter foundation

The sill plate is a pressure treated 2x6 while the sill sealer is a 5-1/2” x 50’ roll of fiberglass insulation.  The sill plate is affixed to the top of the foundation wall around the entire building perimeter and attached with anchor bolts (not provided - installed by the foundation contractor).  The sill sealer is installed beneath the sill plate (between the sill plate and foundation wall).  If a termite shield (not provided) is utilized, it is typically installed on one end below the sill sealer (and sill plate) and extends down, behind and beneath the log skirting with the other exposed end bent on an angle away from the foundation wall.

 

2.  Conventional first floor framing with bridging

Floor framing typically consists of 2 x 8 or 2 x 10 (dependent on span - very small structures may utilize 2 x 6’s) joists and dropped girders.  Girders are typically doubled or tripled 2 x 8’s or 2 x 10s.  Sufficient materials are also provided for a double band parallel to the floor joists (the rim joists) and a single band perpendicular to the floor joists.  Joists generally rest on top of the dropped girder(s) and the pressure treated sill so joist hangers are rarely needed; where they are called for, AmerLink includes them in the package.  Metal bridging (“X” strap) is also provided for installation between floor joists when joists are 16" OC and consist of 2 x 8s or 2 x 10s - in other cases, solid blocking material is provided for bridging.

 

3.  3/4” locking plywood with construction adhesive

The 3/4” locking plywood forms the underlayment (or sub-floor) for the first floor system.  The construction adhesive (provided in tubes, like caulking) is applied to the top of the joist/girder below and each sheet of plywood is then nailed down.  The locking feature of the plywood, together with the construction adhesive, makes for a very tight fit and helps prevent the annoyance of squeaking floors.

 

     The AmerLink package does not include basement support posts (lally columns or other) or basement stair systems.

 

4.  Log skirting

2” nominal thickness log siding, typically two courses in a style and species to match the log wall materials, is provided to cover the exposed band of the floor system.  Log skirting does not provide for a notch and pass type corner system overhang.

 

5.  Track ‘n lock logs (choice of eight log styles)

The “track ‘n lock” description refers to the double tongue and groove joinery system, which makes setting the logs in place atop each other a relatively simple process.  Logs are milled to the specified profile (the log style) and shipped in random lengths, typically up to 14’ - 16’ lengths for Eastern White Pine and sometimes longer for Western Red Cedar.  Logs are not precut (unless the customer has selected that option) for window/door openings or corner connections and are not predrilled for lag screws, dowels or electrical (regardless of whether or not the precut option is selected).

 

White Pine logs are kiln-dried, unless the customer opts, prior to delivery, for an equivalently air-dried product, cured in our yard to match or exceed the kiln-dried standard of average moisture content of 19% to one inch below the surface.  Western Red Cedar logs, which naturally air dry more quickly than White Pine, are available only in an air-dried. 

 

With the introduction of the Notch Lap log style, the actual number of log styles available now numbers twelve;

     a.  Original Classic D 8/6 log

     b.  Contemporary Bevel 8/6 log

     c.  (Contemporary) Double Four Bevel 8/6 log

     d.  Chinked (Rough Sawn Face) 8/6 log

     e.  Chinked (Smooth Face) 8/6 log

     f.  Double Round Classic (Frostline) 6/8 log

     g.  Classic D Frostline 6/8 log

     h.  Contemporary (Bevel) Frostline 6/8 log

     i.  Notch Lap (Rough Sawn Face) 8/6 log

     j.  Notch Lap (Smooth Face) 8/6 log

     k.  Notch Lap (Rough Sawn Face) 12/6 log

     l.  Notch Lap (Smooth Face) 12/6 log

 

Special log size upgrades (8/8, 12/6, 12/8) further increases the number of offerings.  Log sizes (i.e. 8/6, 6/8, etc.) reflect the nominal dimensions of the raw material with the nominal height shown first followed by the nominal width (or thickness).  The milling process generally reduces the log height by 3/4” and the log width by 1/2”.  Because of the availability of larger material, AmerLink requires that the premanufacturing payment for orders specifying 8/8, 12/6 or 12/8 logs be paid ninety (90) days prior to delivery (the 25% deposit/premanufacturing payment option does not apply to such orders); this is to be noted on the Sales Agreement.

 

Logs are provided only for the perimeter of the building’s first floor; logs are not provided for second story walls, dormer walls, and gable end walls or, in most cases, garage walls.  The number of courses is dictated by the log size ordered - 13 courses for nominal 8” log heights, 18 courses for nominal 6” log heights and 9 courses for nominal 12” log heights.  Each package also includes a starter plate (2x4 for nominal 6” thick logs or 2x6 for nominal 8” thick logs).  The starter plate is installed on the sub floor below the first log course and is necessary (except for 9 course walls with nominal 12” log heights) to achieve at least a 7’11-3/4” first floor ceiling height (alternatively, a top plate can be placed above the final course below the joists above).

   

Every AmerLink log wall system incorporates the “Weather Link” System, a joinery system that utilizes an integral (part of the actual log wall member, not simply tacked on) double tongue and groove, integral drip edge (except Chinked log style), double row Polyfoam gasket, caulking (acrylic sealant) and 8”, 10” or 14” lag screws with washers (predrilled for and countersunk on site).  Lag screw length depends on the log size - 8/6 or 8/8 logs require 10” screws, 6/8 logs require 8” screws and 12/8 or 12/6 logs require 14” screws.

        

6.  Window and door buck lumber and window extension jambs

Buck lumber is either 2x6 (for nominal 6” thick logs) or 2x8 (for nominal 8” thick logs) material.  Initially installed on all four edges of a window or door opening, only the two bucks along each side remain when the window is installed (and those are to be nailed to the logs with a slip joint to allow for settling).  The bucks provide both a nailing surface for window/door installation and a base against which to insert shims to bring the window/door plumb.  Extension jambs are 1x4 material, which, after ripping down to size as necessary, is installed along the interior side of the bucks to bring the window jamb even with the interior log wall.

 

7.  Insulated Low E double-hung, awning, angle bay, casement, cottage and special  Windows per plan with snap-in “colonial” wood grilles and screens (where Applicable)

All insulated windows feature 5/8” insulated glass (other companies may offer windows with only 1/2” insulated glass).  Snap-in wood grilles are included with all double-hung windows (i.e. ALH-1, ALH-3, etc.) but not with awning windows (i.e. ALH-4), casement windows (i.e. ALH-14), picture windows (i.e. ALH-8), or the picture window portion of window combinations (i.e. ALH-5).  All windows, except picture windows, include screens.

 

Each window (except circle heads) is trimmed, by AmerLink, on the exterior only, with rough sawn 5/4” x 4” boards in a species to match the log wall materials.  In addition, drip cap material (preformed brown aluminum in 10’ lengths) is provided.  Drip cap is typically installed by inserting one end into a kerf cut into the log/log siding above (cut made on site); some bending of the preformed material is necessary for this type of installation.

 

8.  Solid wood or steel insulated exterior doors

Exterior doors are solid fir (F-1 only), solid pine (i.e. F-5, F-944, F-2020, etc.) or steel insulated (i.e. E-1, E-5, etc.).  Steel doors with glass inserts (i.e. E-5, D-92) feature-insulated glass with steel grilles on the outside; these grilles are not removable.  Snap-in wood grilles are included with all other doors, which include glass (i.e. F-5, F-620, MCSW-1, etc.).  All wood doors with glass have insulated glass except the F-318, F-618 and F-2020 doors, which include single pane glass.  H-303 sidelights are included in either wood or steel to match the door(s), which they flank.

 

     Door hardware consists of hinges only, locksets are not provided (the MTS-1 does include an unkeyed flip lock).  Patio sliders (MTS-1) and courtyard swingers (MCSW-1) include screens; no other doors include screens and no doors include storm door units.  Exterior door trim (5/4” x 4” rough sawn, species to match log wall materials) is provided for on site installation - no interior trim is provided.

 

9.  Interior partition framing

2x4 framing (16” centers) with single bottom plate and double top plate is provided for all interior partitions shown on the plans.  For plumbing walls (those walls which must accommodate drainage pipes), 2x6 framing (16” centers) and plate material is provided.

 

10.  Second floor system with 3/4” locking plywood for 1-1/2 and 2 story models

 The second floor system, when applicable, is similar to the first floor system (see #2 and #3 above) in all respects except four.  First, wherever possible, interior partitions are made bearing walls, thus replacing girders in those areas.  Second, where girders are necessary, flush girders are called for and joist hangers are provided for joist/girder connections.  Third, plywood sheathing is not provided for areas shown behind knee walls (walls under the eaves, typically 5’ or greater in height, which generally define the boundary of minimum headroom).  Fourth, stair systems consisting of 2x12 stringers, 2x4 temporary treads for use during construction and 1x8 risers (none of this material is precut) are provided where reflected on plans.

 

11.  Gable end truss or framing per plan

For areas utilizing trussed roof systems, a gable end truss, featuring framing uprights and, if applicable, a cut out for a gable end louver, is provided.  Gables for other areas consist of 2x4 framing on 16” centers.

 

12.  1/2” insulated sheathing and matching log siding for gable ends, dormers, and Second story walls

In addition to insulated sheathing and log siding, 2x4 framing on 16” centers is provided for all the exterior walls of these areas.  Insulated sheathing is a 1/2” asphalt impregnated cellulose material which provides a backing for log siding installation; at the corners of second story walls, T wall bracing is provided for extra wall rigidity (where windows/doors interfere with T wall bracing installation, 1/2” CDX plywood is provided).  2” nominal thickness log siding (to match log style and species of log wall materials) is provided as exterior siding - material to match any notch and pass style corner overhang below is not provided with the standard package, 2” x 4” and 5” corner boards are provided instead.

    

13.  Prefabricated wood roof trusses or conventionally framed roof system per plan

As is apparent from the roof system identifications listed on the “Precut Prices, Estimated Loads, Roof Systems” sheet, most standard models feature stick, or conventionally framed, roof systems.  Shipping is the primary reason for the distinction; prefabricated roof trusses both take up more space, by volume, than conventional framing materials and larger trusses can lead to requirements for special trucks, for wide load permits (from every state the truck passes through) and, possibly, escort vehicles.

 

Where trussed roof systems are provided, in part of whole, trusses are designed and engineered (by an outside vendor) and typically consist of 2x4 material for top and bottom chords and webbing, all of which is joined together by metal truss plates applied under pressure.  Trusses typically take the place of all components of a conventionally framed roof  (i.e. rafters, ridge, collar ties/ceiling joists).

 

Conventionally framed roof systems typically consist of 2x6, 2x8 or 2x10 rafters (depending on span), a ridge beam (or pole) that is typically one multiple larger than the abutting rafters (i.e. 2x10 ridge for 2x8 rafters) and 2x6 (or larger, depending on span) ceiling joists or collar ties.  Collar ties are featured in open ceiling areas (i.e. cathedral or vaulted ceilings) while ceiling joists are used in areas where a flat ceiling is called for - both are an important part of the system as, in the absence of a structural ridge, they prevent the rafters from pushing the front and rear walls out of plumb.

 

All AmerLink plans, either standard or custom, are designed for a 40 lb. live load.  In other words, the structural roof system is designed to carry 40 pounds of loading per square foot of load above and beyond the weight of the roof materials themselves (known as the dead load).  This typically equates to the weight of snow or ice or the force of wind.  If additional loading must be provided for (i.e. heavy snow or wind load areas), the system can be designed, generally at an extra cost to the buyer, to accommodate such higher loading requirements.

 

14.  Plywood roof sheathing

 All buildings feature 5/8” CDX (exterior grade) roof plywood along with aluminum“H” clips (only with buildings with rafters/trusses on 24” centers), which are installed at all joints to provide a more rigid surface.  Many of AmerLink’s competitors substitute OSB (oriented strand board) for plywood roof sheathing, a material that many builders (and some state code agencies) consider inferior.

 

15.  Asphalt impregnated felt

15# asphalt impregnated felt is installed over roof plywood to provide a waterproof underlayment for the shingles.  The felt paper also protects the roof plywood from the weather while shingles are being installed.

 

16.  20 year warranty self-sealing roof shingles

The shingles are fiberglass, 3 tab and self-sealing.  The tabs help prevent curling and provide a ready made guide for shingle reveal (the length of each shingle which is exposed) while the self sealing feature serves to better hold the shingles to each other, making for a more waterproof roof.  The original manufacturer warrants the shingles,, for 20 years if installed properly.  However, this warranty requires that the shingles be installed only on roofs with a pitch at least 3 in 12 (a 3:12 pitch).

 

17.  Barge rafter and gable end overhang (12” standard)

A 2x6 barge rafter (rake) is covered by the one-piece rough sawn 2x8 fascia.  Together with 2x4 lookout nailers (or “ladders”), this system provides the standard 12” gable overhang.

 

18.  Fascia, soffit and vent system

Fascia is a one piece rough sawn 2x8 (species to match log wall materials) installed at the rafter ends (tails) or along a barge rafter (rake).  Soffit consists of 3/8” rough sawn Pine plywood and is typically installed in a straight return fashion (straight back to the house wall from the fascia rather than back up along the angle of rafters); 2x4 nailers are provided and affixed to the house wall to provide a surface to nail the soffit to - nailers are also provided for periodic installation along the soffit run.  Aluminum vent strips (typically along eave walls only) are provided.  The vent strips are installed within the soffit (soffit must be cut out on site) to provide, in conjunction with the gable end louvers and/or roof vents, ventilation over the fiberglass insulation to prevent condensation.

 

19.  12” - 16” standard eave overhang

Standard eave (along the walls running the length of the building, i.e. perpendicular to rafters) overhangs are typically 16”.  However, steeper pitches feature a shorter 12” overhang in order that the overhang does not extend below the top level of windows and doors.

 

20.  Gable end louvers and/or roof vents as required

Where opposing gable ends are exposed, are not extremely far apart and the interior features no ceilings open to the peak, wood gable end louvers are provided for installation at the very top of each gable end.  When the home does not meet the above criteria, roll vent material is either provided in substitution for or in addition to gable end louvers.  The roll vent is a flexible, porous nylon product which allows air to pass through freely.  It is provided in 10-1/2” x 50’ rolls and is installed at the ridge and below ridge cap shingles.

 

21.  Porch posts

Porch posts are 4” x 6” x 8’, are typically installed @ 6’6” to 7’6” centers, and provide support for the carry beam and porch roof above.  Support posts to grade (to the ground) are not provided.  Porch posts are rough sawn and are either White Pine or Western Red Cedar.

 

22.  Porch carry beams and roofing per plan

  6” x 6” rough sawn carry beams (White Pine or Western Red Cedar) ring the perimeter of porches and, with the porch posts below, carry the load of the porch roof.  Porch roofing typically consists of 2x6, 2x8 or larger rafters (depending on span), 2x4 or larger ceiling joists (again, depending on span), 5/8” plywood sheathing, 15# felt paper, 20 year warranty shingles, one piece 2x8 fascia (species to match log wall materials), 3/8” rough sawn plywood soffit and aluminum vent strips.  Porch ceiling material is not part of the standard package.

 

23.  Step flashing for dormers

Flashing (12” x 50’ rolls of natural aluminum) is provided for both true valleys and for areas where the roof meets exterior walls. 

 

24.  Drip Edge and Gutter Apron

The Drip Edge (Gutter Apron is a synonymous term) is brown aluminum, preformed to fit under roof shingles and over the fascia.  Drip Edge is provided in 10’ lengths.

 

25.  Urethane foam for corners, windows and doors

Expandable spray foam (in cans) is provided to more effectively seal areas at corner joints and around windows and doors.  Some builders and homeowners prefer to use fiberglass insulation (not provided) around windows and doors as the expandable spray foam, if over-applied, can exert pressure on the window/door frames.

 

26.  All required nails, spikes, and 10” lag screws with washers

Nails are provided in a variety of sizes and types (roofing nails, finished nails, etc.) for use in the installation of all lumber provided with the shell package.  Spikes are rarely, if ever, provided.  Lag screws with washers are used to attach each log to the one below (typically on 30” centers and doubled at corners).  Lag screw lengths will be 8” (for 6” nominal log heights), 10” (for 8” nominal log heights) or 14” (for 12” nominal log heights).  When slab foundations are used, the lag screws for the starter course will be 6”, 8” and 10” respectively.

 

27.  Double row Polyfoam gaskets and acrylic sealant

Polyfoam is 3/8” square, with adhesive on one side, and comes in 25’ rolls.  Polyfoam is installed atop the tongues on the logs (or in the groove for Contemporary, Double Four and Notch Lap log styles) in a continuous run.  The AmerLink joinery system features approximately 1/8” relief between tongues and grooves so that the polyfoam is not flattened totally, thereby maintaining its “memory” and springing back if the gap widens.

 

Acrylic sealant (caulking) is provided in a color meant to match either Pine or Cedar and is applied in a continuous bead on the log surface along the outside tongue (or groove).  Acrylic sealant is also applied in the holes predrilled for dowels before the dowels are inserted.

     

28.  Hardwood dowels for vertical joints and corners

Dowels are 1” x 9” and are installed at all log wall vertical (butt) joints, including corners.

 

29.  5/4” x 4” and 5” corner boards (for Contemporary and Chinked log styles)

Corner boards are rough sawn, are actually 2” x 4” and 5”, and are provided in a species to match the log wall materials.  They provide a finished look at the corners of those houses not utilizing the notch and pass corner system.

 

30.  Illustrated Construction Manual

The AmerLink Construction Manual and Supplement to Construction Manual are provided and sent with the initial Customer Information Packet (mailed after order approval).

 

31.  Up to 5 sets of Final Blueprints

Final Blueprints (@ 1/4” scale) consist of four elevations, floor plan(s), foundation plan (with first floor framing instructions noted), second floor framing plan (where applicable), roof framing plan, building section drawing and standard details.  Prior to the drawing of Final Blueprints, the customer is provided with Preliminary Blueprints (consisting of a front and one side elevation and floor plan(s) drawings for approval and return.


The Log Home Market

At almost any given time, the log home industry in the USA is comprised of some 300 manufacturers ranging in size from single digit annual sales to numbers in the many hundreds.  The typical AmerLink prospect is committed to the idea of a log home, thus eliminating all other types of construction on their own.  And, that typical prospect is generally considering just 1-3 other log home manufacturers out of a fairly stable group of 10-15 competitors. 

 

The direct to consumer approach is augmented with a nationwide Builder/Dealer network of more than 60 builders.  These Builder/Dealers account for 25%-30% of AmerLink’s log home sales.  In addition, this network provides experienced log home builders for those customers looking for a builder.

 

AmerLink is known throughout the log home industry as one of the most, if not the most, price competitive companies in the business.  The company is also known for its commitment to the use of high quality materials. 

 

AmerLink’s international market has extended to include Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Turkey, Greece, much of Western Europe and several islands in the Caribbean.  International sales have typically represented 5%-15% of total sales.

 

Since their “modern” reintroduction in the early 1960’s, log homes have increased in popularity, and acceptance, at a steady, and sometimes remarkable, rate.  As buyers have recognized the benefits of log home living, lenders, code agencies and building departments have updated their requirements and standards in recognition of those same benefits.  Thus, many of the hurdles the log home industry faced in its early years have been removed, making it simpler and easier for more and more buyers to realize what, for most, has been a long-standing dream.

 

                                                           

7991 Beasley Rd.

                                                                                                                 Whitakers, NC 27891

                                                                                                                 800-872-4254

www.amerlink.com

 

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