A lot of people may have inherited log homes that are already several decades old so it is always a good idea to restore to bring it back to full health and beauty. Some old log homes have the benefit of using rare wood that might no longer be readily available today. It’s equally important to look for ways to keep your home clean and free of damaging elements. In the long term, you might be able to pass on the structure to your kids and grandchildren. Read more about the processes and determine which company will best work for you.
Log Chinking and Caulking
Chinking and caulking are sealing processes that will prevent leaks and other inconsistencies in the structure. You can avoid moisture, mildew, grime, draft and dust by doing the method properly. Most experts say that gaps between logs that measure 3/4 inch or less will need to be caulked. Gaps that measure larger than 3/4 inch will need to be chinked. There are various products that will seal the gaps properly and keep everything intact for many years. Large openings can be fixed by a backer rod. The result will be a flat surface that allows the chink to stretch accordingly if it is applied the right way.
Maintaining Interior Comfort
Log homes that are well-chinked and caulked are easier to cool and heat and will provide ultimate comfort regardless of how weather conditions outside might be. The sealant processes and products will also keep gaps found between log arrangements, doors and windows intact and maintain comfort and the right temperature throughout the home. Checks, cracks and leaks should not be filled with caulk.
As the logs move over time, the caulk will start to fail and you will notice cracks and hairline marks in the caulk and wood. Water can then easily set in and destroy the structure. Rotting can follow. Checks can still be filled but only if these are minimal. Checks that run into a corner, door or window, which compromises the comfort inside the structure should be filled accordingly. Always inspect the cracks and checks every 3 months or so. You can also apply protectors to the checks to let the logs breathe naturally.
Protect the Home
Exterior logs will have to be brushed and cleaned every month or so. The foundation below the eves should be properly cleaned. The logs can also be washed and kept from of dirt, dust and grime using a pressure hose. You can use a pressure washer to hose down damaging agents and elements, but keep the pressure low to avoid damaging the logs and removing sealants and protective agents. You can also treat the logs using a preservative. You can ask professionals to reseal and restain. Check corners and posts, as well as other parts of the house that are constantly exposed to snow, rain and sunlight.
In some cases, you might need to remove a part of the log or the entire log itself to be replaced by a new one if mold and rot has gotten to most of the parts. It’s important to look for the right suppliers. In most cases, you will have to ship the new logs to your location which will cost you a certain fee. You can also talk to log home builders and contractors to help you find the right suppliers, depending on the repair and restoration to be done. Consider the processes to be applied and what tools and equipment you will need for the best results. Complete restoration can take a few weeks up to many months depending on the extent and size.