Keeping a log home sealed up is important. The joints between logs need to be sealed in order to prevent air leaks but moreover – they need sealing because of moisture.
The problem – Failed Caulking
Caulking fails for a number of reasons including:
- It was of poor quality and the material simply failed. This is not the place for skimping on cost. Use quality log home caulking.
- It was applied on a surface that was not prepped correctly. -i.e. there was loose finish or dirt on the log surface.
- The logs are compromised in some way due to rot or the foundation is failing and causing undue stress to the log wall.
What can be done?
Re-caulking or re-chinking is the solution here. Prepping the logs prior to application is important and this includes removing loose debris from the logs, making sure a quality log home finish is applied and installing a foam backer into the joints. Once the prep work is done, new caulking or chinking is applied using a bulk loading caulking gun and smoothed out carefully to create a consistent seal between the caulking material and the logs.
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What’s the difference between caulking and chinking?
The basic difference between caulk and chink is that chinking has fine, sand particles added to it. This sand makes the appearance of the chinking dull or “flat”, and in the same way that aggregate adds strength to a concrete slab, the sand adds strength to the chinking material.
If you have cracked or failing caulking – call Edmunds and Company. We can help.
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