Restoring log homes is something of an art. Replacing rotten logs requires skills in scribing, geometry and a developed eye for restoration.
This log home sits overlooking the Mississippi River in Wisconsin near Red Wing, MN. We were hired to work our magic on it. The home had been painted for 10 years and the owners wanted the old paint blasted off and a log home stain applied. The fact that the home had been painted rather than stained contributed to their problems with rotten logs.
One of the corners had a considerable amount of decay or rot. On most log homes, the ends of the logs or crowns are vulnerable to decay because they usually stick out further, which means they are exposed to a lot of moisture over time. This is one reason that roofs with large overhangs are a good feature to have on a log home or cabin.
Certain design features in log homes can work against the health of the logs. This stack of crowns is an example of that because of the way it was built. The joints or scribes were actually inverted. Its hard to describe but basically this caused water to sit in the joint and pool there. It was a recipe for disaster from day one.
Over the years, Edmunds & Company has developed the technique for replacing rotten crowns (corners), and our crews have years of experience doing this type of work. On this job, the entire corner needed to be restored from the bottom up six courses of logs. It was a substantial repair job, and the customer wanted people with a high level of ability working on their home. They wanted it done right – the first time!
Our crew cut out the rot and then treated the fresh wood with a concentrated borate treatment for some added insurance against future rot. The art of scribing logs to fit tightly together takes lots of practice. It truly is a puzzle with the added challenge of having to shape each piece before putting the puzzle back together.
The other important service this home needed was having the paint blasted off and a quality log home stain applied. The photos above demonstrate what an amazing transformation can take place when a log home gets the proper restoration “make over”.
If your home has problems with rot, give us a call at 715-373-5744 and we can work closely with you to develop a plan of action to restore it back to its original beauty.