The East Coast suffered a big blow from Superstorm Sandy, but it wasn’t an isolated weather disaster, just the latest. "We get a storm of the century every two years now,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo commented, Sandy left thousands homeless, prompting the need for new housing in its wake.
If that means rebuilding devastated areas with the same flimsy houses popping up practically overnight in developments all over America and if Governor Cuomo is correct, then we’re looking at rebuilding every two years. Instead, why not build homes that will withstand nature’s knockout punches for the next hundred years or longer? Rebuild with log homes.
Over the past 23 years, I’ve documented dozens of cases of log homes withstanding earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes where stick-built houses all around them crumpled. The most impressive example came from a log builder in Slidell, Louisiana, after Hurricanes Katrina. He sent pictures showing one of his log houses that was swept off its foundation into the neighbor’s yard but remained intact.
Besides being made from solid wood, a material stronger than steel, log homes have walls held together by super-duper fastening systems engineered to resist rack and shear and other forces that snap ordinary houses to pieces. And in a flood, log homes float.
I recall a newspaper photo from the late 1980s that showed an intact log home rafting down the Connecticut River after a flood lifted it off its foundation. It eventually snagged on a bridge support, and was hoisted out by crane and returned to its site.
There was also a Virginia woman who told me that whenever a blizzard or other windstorm comes through, how safe and secure she feels inside her log home. That’s a reassuring feeling when Snowmageddon, Derecho or Frankenstorm is bearing down on you.
The worst that happens is you might lose power. Big deal. Light a fire in your sturdy stone fireplace, curl up next to it in a sleeping bag and enjoy a good night’s sleep, knowing that when you awake your log home will still be standing, even if your neighbors have all been lifted up to Oz.
Doesn’t that make a lot more sense than rebuilding your home every two years and worrying the whole time in between?