Sometimes logs rot because they can’t breathe. This story illustrates the importance of proper care and maintenance of log homes.
Large pine logs make beautiful log homes. The Gerdes’ residence near St. Cloud, Minnesota had rot on their log home due in part to the lack of gutters and a relatively short overhang on the roof. The original part of the home was around 20 years old. An addition was put on in 2005; the rot was in the addition.
We met with Terri and Jeff in in the fall of 2013 to assess the problem with their log home. After talking a few times on the phone about the log rot problems, we made a plan to do the repair in the spring of 2014.
Part of the reason these logs rotted was due to what we call a “film-forming finish”. By this we mean that with as little as two coats of a stain like Sikkens, the logs became too well-sealed. What’s wrong with that?
When logs are sealed too well, they can’t breathe, and moisture can get trapped inside the logs. Too much moisture can lead to problems with rot and decay. So what can be done?
While working on this project, our crew was dodging rain almost the entire time. We cut out the crowns that had rotted, making sure to get all the rot removed. We treated the fresh wood with a concentrated borate treatment to provide some protection from future rot.
The real “art” in doing this type of log home restoration is scribing the replacement logs so they fit well with the original logs. If not done properly, gaps can create space where moisture can make its way in and then you are facing future repair costs.
Despite the weather we were satisfied with the results and so were the owners.
This is what the customer had to say once the project was complete:
The work looks good and we liked your crew. They were fun to have around! We’ll miss them!”
Let Edmunds & Company do the work on your log home or cabin. You can trust our expertise – we have been doing this type of work for decades! Call 715-373-5744 or contact us.