Cracks in your logs can cause some serious problems. However most cracks are nothing to worry about. It is natural for wood to crack or check as it dries and this is actually part of the charm of a log home. It’s that rustic, weathered look that makes them unique.
How can you tell if checks or cracks in your log home are a problem? To ascertain whether or not the checks are a problem, consider the following:
Are the checks over 1/4″ wide?
Are they on the up or top side of the log surface?
Are they in vulnerable places such as around windows, doors, where a deck is attached, etc?
If the answer is “yes,” then the checks or cracks may be a problem, or become a problem in the months or years to come.
THE SOLUTION: REPAIR CRACKS
Stuff flexible backer rod such as SOF rod into the check up to about 3/8″ from the surface.
Consider using painter’s tape to mask off the surface of the log to prevent caulking from smearing onto the surface of the log, creating a mess to clean up.
Apply a good quality, siliconized latex caulk (not pure silicon) into the check, bringing it out close, but not even with the surface of the log.
Skim off the excess caulking with your finger or a putty knife, making sure the caulking makes a strong, consistent contact with the top and bottom of the crack.
Remove tape if it was used.
There are similar issues that can signal a need for new chinking and caulking such as drafts and cracks in caulk. For more information on chinking and caulking your log home click here.
Drafts or air leaks in your logs?
It is not uncommon for log homes to develop a problem with air leaking into the interior. They can become drafty. With cold winters and hot summers, it’s important to keep air leaks to minimum for the comfort reasons.
But there can be an even a bigger issue when it comes to air leaks… they can turn into water leaks as well and this can lead to rot.
Edmunds & Company can help you figure out where those often-illusive leaks originate and we can resolve the problem.
Air leaks and log buildings are not a good combination
The solution to leaks – fill the gaps
Leaks, whether they are air or water leaks, are holes in the building what should be fixed. Large gaps need to be filled with chinking. Determining whether or not it is worth the expense of chinking your logs depends on if you use your log home as a cabin only in the summer or as a year-round, heated home.
No matter what, if your logs are leaking water, something needs to be done sooner rather than later. This is a much more serious issue than air leaks.