Log Home Caulking & Chinking - Fannin & Gilmer County, GA
Caulking and chinking your log cabin home is important to keep it sealed and protected. Water, air, and bugs are just a few of the things that would love to get inside your log home. Whether it’s a new log home or an old cabin, having a professional log home restoration contractor caulk and chink the logs can help keep moisture out, prevent insects from entering in and increase energy efficiency. It is common for logs to expand and contract with temperature and humidity as it’s a natural trait of wood. Over time, this contraction can lead to gaps allowing air and water penetration. This is where caulking and chinking come into play. The small openings are caulked, while the larger gaps are chinked.
When it comes to chinking and caulking, it’s best to hire a professional log home restoration contractor to ensure the application is installed properly. You’ve probably seen log cabins where someone made a mess of caulking, maybe using silicone, or trying to fill all the tiny cracks in the logs. We’ve even seen improper caulking lead to the creation of wood rot in logs!
Another point to keep in mind is that the way we apply our caulking is very different from painting companies. They gun the caulk in, then smooth it out in order to fill the crack and allow for cutting in a sharp line on the caulk joint. On the other hand, we realize that every bit of our caulking is going to be visible even after the stain is applied, and we have to apply it with that in mind. We tape off where necessary, tool our joints with rubbing alcohol to smooth them without moving them around and removing the caulk, and treat them as part of the finished product.
The use of “backer rod” is critical to sealing up joints that are larger than ¼” wide. If “backer rod” isn’t used, the caulk is typically used to fill up the void instead. What’s wrong with that? Well, if the caulk joint is too thick, or deep, it loses it’s ability to stretch. When that happens, like when you fill a check in the log full of caulk, very soon the caulk pulls away from the upper or lower portion of the crack. Now water can enter into the narrow gap, but the caulk keeps it from draining back out and drying up, leading to rot.
Finally, a quick word about using silicone sealants on your log home. Don’t! Silicone does not bond well to wood, and can be pulled out in long strips after a short period of time. If you have any on your cabin, you’re much better off removing it than leaving it in place.
Again, if the job is done professionally, the chink and caulk can help to keep moisture and insects from entering your log home. This can also significantly decrease the amount of energy loss from gaps between the logs and around doors and windows. We use a thermographic camera and a blower door system to test log home for energy loss and air intrusion. Ask us about this service when we come to do an estimate for you.
Our team of professional cabin restoration technicians have been trained in the art of tooling our caulking and chinking joints to provide a smooth and uniform look. Peak Log Home Care is a full-service log home restoration contractor company in Fannin & Gilmer County, GA. We have over 15 years experience chinking log cabin homes of all ages, sizes and styles.
Log Home Chinking & Caulking
We offer full-service chinking and caulking to ensure efficiency and protection from the elements for your log home.
From Blue Ridge to Ellijay – we serve customers throughout Fannin & Gilmer County, GA.