Rotting logs around decks are a common reason to replace logs on a log home or cabin. In these photos, an old deck has been removed and log dry rot damage is revealed.
Unfortunately, this kind of log decay/rot can happen largely without notice or awareness by a log home owner because it is happening out of site. For this reason – it is important for log home owners to be aware of this potential problem.
If your deck is built at or above the bottom log on the house, then care needs to be taken to insure the log won’t rot. The first step is to access what sort of flashing (if any) exists between the deck and the log wall. You would be surprised how many homes we have seen where flashing is an issue. It either was never done, or it was done incorrectly.
Click here for a PDF of how it should be done.
Now that you know the way to flash a deck to a log house or cabin, you can compare this to your flashing. If your flashing is inadequate, then it needs to be fixed. There are a number of creative ways to retrofit deck flashing that does work. The bottom line is that you WILL have log rot problems, IF you do not flash your deck properly.