Log Home Repair
Homes also has many years of experience in log home
Log Home Repair Services provided by Country Log
As with any home, address issues as
soon as you notice that maintenance is needed to the exterior of the home. The
longer an issue is left untended, the more likely it is to become a larger, more
costly problem. The adage “The best defense is a good offense” is apt in this
situation. Annual maintenance and timely repairs will help to keep your log home in
sound condition for many years.
Exterior Log And Wood Side
Whether your house is a log home or a
wood sided home, the appearance of the wood can be rejuvenated. Being able to bring
your house’s exterior from a deteriorated state to an attractive and new looking
aesthetic will provide years of protection to the wood and protect your house from
the elements and possible damage.
We are proud of the reputation for quality restoration
that Country Log Homes has earn over the
We have restored many wood sided houses and log homes
and the results are
dramatic and quite stunning.
Annual Maintenance on Log or Wood Sided
Annual maintenance helps to
preserve your log home’s exterior and prevent degradation
of the wood from becoming major issue. If issues are dealt with as
they occur, a homeowner is able to control costs and the home
retains its value. Restoration of a log home can be costly,
although is considerably less expensive than rebuilding. Once you
have had to go through a restoration, you will want to prevent
Cleaning the exterior on an annual
basis is critical in allowing you to properly assess the condition
of the exterior of the home. The cleaning solution recommended by
many stain manufacturing companies is a light bleach and TSP
(trisodium phosphate) mixture. Spraying the solution onto the house
using a backpack sprayer allows for an even distribution. Once it
is sprayed, a gentle brushing (if required) will remove the dust,
pollen, spores etc from the wood.
After brushing, a rinsing with a
garden hose or very lightly with a pressure washer takes care of
the dirt and debris. Once the house is clean, the condition of the
stain can properly be assessed. Did the water bead up on the
surface of the wood when cleaning? If so, the stain is still viable
and good to go for another year. If the stain has faded and water
does not bead up - it is time for a maintenance coating of
Ensuring the stain product is
applied to a properly prepared and clean surface is vital to the
viability and longevity of the protection that the stain gives the
Homes offers maintenance services for homeowners
who prefer to have this done professionally.
Chinking is a process of sealing the
gaps between the logs in a log home and will stop wind, rain and insects from
penetrating your home, possibly causing the logs to rot. In addition, especially
when combined with the use of backer rods, it will provide insulation for your
home. This will reduce drafts and save money on heating costs.
So what exactly is chinking? Chinking
is latex, mortar textured, sealant applied between the logs. It is able to stretch
and contract with the natural movement of the logs during the different seasons.
Unlike old style chinking, it will not pull away from the logs as they move. This
used to cause cracks that allowed bugs and water to get into the logs.
Not only is chinking a practical way
of keeping your log home thermally efficient, it can be very aesthetically
pleasing. Whether you want to brighten the interior with a light color, outline the
logs in a contrasting color, or simply seal the walls with a color that blends in,
there are a variety of different colors available to achieve the look that you
want. When applied properly it can pay off many times over in the comfort,
preservation, and resale value of your home.
One of the most important steps in
log home chinking is ensuring that the logs themselves are sound and properly
cleaned prior to application. The surface has to be prepared correctly so that the
chinking material will adhere to the logs correctly.
Once the logs are prepared, the gaps
need to be examined to check the size of the gap. Larger gaps will need foam backer
rods put in place before the chinking is applied. The chinking is then applied by
using a chinking pump.
This application is a skilled
process and should only be undertaken by someone who is qualified.
Chinking is an
acrylic elastic chinking joint sealant. Log Jam Chinking will
give your log home the traditional, historic look of mortar
chinking. Log Jam
Chinking stretches and compresses
as logs shrink and swell, up to 100% of its original joint size.
Log Jam has excellent memory. That means it can absorb movement
over and over again without tearing, pulling away, or looking
the majority of the movement log homes experience occurs during the
first few years, Log Jam is guaranteed to absorb log movement for
10 years. Log Jam tightly grips to all species of wood (including
oily woods like cedar) and most stains. Log Jam Chinking has a 1
hour fire rating and is the only chinking product on the market
that is UL approved.
"Our main log house at the Port Perry Museum
was getting so that it was not safe for people go
through any more. Six logs were in desperate need
of repair, and most of the old cement chinking was
falling out. I contacted Country Log Homes and told
them what need to be done. Now our 150 yearold
cabin is open for business again. Excellent
Culture & Recreation Department of Parks,
Recreation, & Culture, Township of
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