If you currently live in a log home or are considering owning one in the future, you may be wondering about security. While deadbolts and quality locks on doors and windows are important, it’s always best to supplement your protection with a cutting-edge alarm system.
What type of alarm system is right for your log home?
Log homes can certainly be equipped with high-quality alarm systems. However, a hard-wired system may be considerably more difficult to install in a log home. This type of system is connected by running electrical wiring in walls, under carpets and behind baseboards and in walls. It can be extremely challenging to conceal wiring after a log home has been built. Running wires around baseboards can be unsightly, and, thus, an unattractive option for homeowners.
However, hard-wired home security systems are becoming obsolete. High-tech wireless systems are becoming the new industry standard, and are ideal for a log home. The components communicate using radio waves, much like a Wi-Fi network, removing the need for heaps of hard-featured wires.
Is your log home a primary residence?
Many log homeowners use their property as a vacation house or part-time residence. If this is the case, it’s important to approach home security with that information in mind. If nobody is going to be occupying the home for extended periods of time, it’s important to bolster your protection even more. Your insurance provider may even require you to take certain steps to make your log home insurable.
Subscribing to an alarm monitoring service is the most effective way to secure your property while nobody is there. Monitored security systems are linked up with a command station, where trained personnel are staffed around the clock to respond to any alarm signals. With this type of security, you can have the peace of mind that your log home is always under vigilant protection – even when you’re not there. Most high-profile home security companies, such as ADT or Protection 1, offer monitored protection for a price that most homeowners can afford.
What other hazards do you need to look out for?
Unfortunately, burglary isn’t the only threat to consider when evaluating your home security needs. Fire, flood and high levels of carbon monoxide are other hazards worth thinking about.
However, it’s a common misconception that log homes are more susceptible to fire than standard frame houses. In fact, the exact opposite is true – a well-built log home is actually more naturally fire resistant. It not only takes longer for heavy timber to catch fire, but also to completely burn.
What other steps can I take to secure my home?
Along with installing the appropriate alarm system, there are a number of other steps you can take to ensure the overall safety of your log home. Listed below are some tips to consider:
- Install 1-inch Grade 1 deadbolts on all exterior doors.
- Make sure your property is well lit. Consider installing motion-activated floodlights near first-floor entryways and programming an electronic timer to randomly turn your lights on and off when you’re not there.
- Do your best to remove hiding places for intruders, especially if your home is in a densely wooded area. Make an effort to trim trees, shrubs or any landscaping features that could provide cover for a criminal. As a general rule, you should trim hedges to a height of no more than three feet.