Log home problems can include log rot underneath windows. There are certain areas of a log homes that can be vulnerable to rot. Some obvious ones are when logs ends (crowns) stick out beyond the drip edge of a roof. It is easy to see how they could be susceptible to rot because of all the exposure to moisture.
One area that may not be so obvious is underneath windows. There are a number of factors that contribute to this. First and foremost, if the windows are not properly flashed when they’re installed, water can seep underneath and cause rot. This is not easy to tell when looking at a home after it has been built. Therefore, it is important to always check these areas during your routine inspection of the logs.
Another factor that can lead to problems are logs with spliced joints under windows. Often these joints can lead to rot. Windows don’t soak up water, but this fact, coupled with a spliced log joint just below the window, can set the stage for excessive moisture to get into the surrounding logs.
It’s best to avoid potential problems by taking extra care during the construction phase of a log home project. A best practice, for example, is to have a continuous log underneath all windows. If that’s not possible, keep a close eye on these spliced joints, making sure they are caulked properly and are protected with a quality stain.
Log home maintenance requires owners to be aware of what the potentially vulnerable areas are on their log building and take preventative measures before they become repair problems.
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