Replacement Logs - We Use Dried Cedar Logs
||We firmly believe in the old adage "do it right the first time". If a given log home has log rot, then clearly it was not done right the first time. The cause of the rot may be inherent to the design of
the home and not something we can reasonably change.
This is why we use wood that has inherent rot resistance properties for our replacement logs.Labor is by far the most expensive part of replacing a rotten log. Yes, premium materials such as cedar logs do add to the cost of the project, when you consider the fact that you will only have to replace it once - it is a savings in the long run.
We replace rotten logs in log homes and cabins with Eastern and Western red cedar and tamarack. We use these species because of their natural resistance to rot and decay. The Western cedar that we use is imported from the West coast of Canada. Western red cedar is our primary log of choice, not only because of its rot resistance, but this particular species grows long and straight. Some logs we buy are over 120' long with diameters of up to 40" on the butts.
The Eastern or “white” cedar and tamarack that we use come from various places in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We use these logs for buildings constructed with smaller logs. These two species grow deep in swamps and are mainly logged in the winter because swamps are more accessible during these times due to the ground being frozen.
We purchase these local woods throughout the winter months. We always peal the bark off our logs in the spring and let them dry under cover for at least a year before we use them in a building. All of our logs are harvested sustainably, using the "best practices" in terms of modern logging.
Our logs have either been kiln dried or seasoned under cover for at least a year. We can make the new logs blend in with the old with a mixture of stains applied to the logs (see matching stain to existing logs).
To learn more about why logs rot, click here.
We WARRANTY our replacement logs against rot.
See how we replace rotten logs. Click here.
Contact us for help with your log home or cabin restoration needs. Toll free 1-877-378-4403.