Log homes often have decks that are supported by log posts. The bottoms of these posts are vulnerable to rot. If you are considering building a deck onto your log home, here’s one idea to help you prevent rot.
To prevent rot: Providing adequate airflow under and around your log columns or posts. This is the best way to protect log posts from wicking up water and eventually rotting. Using kiln-dried cedar logs for posts is another way to prevent rot because cedar is the most rot-resistant wood to use where the logs are directly out in the weather. Edmunds & Company uses a combination of techniques to prevent decay in these exposed and vulnerable posts.
- A stand-off base is installed to allow airflow around the base of the post
- A borate treatment is used on particularly rot-susceptible areas of the posts to further insure against decay