Replacing rotten milled logs in South Range, Wisconsin is the type of project we have lots of experience doing and the homeowners were happy with the results. This house near Superior, Wisconsin had a number of rotten logs on this gable wall. This is a good example of how half-logs can be the best solution when it comes to replacing logs in a log wall.
The home was built around 1994. It’s not unusual for a log home of this age to develop some problems with rot. The rot underneath a window seemed like it would be tricky to repair. The owners wanted to make sure that their home would remain in good “health” so they contacted us to take care of a problem they could not solve themselves.
We stopped by the home to assess the situation and identify which logs needed replacing. Since this was a “kit built” log home, the logs were basically the same size and shape. Replacing them meant making sure the new logs fit in well with the original ones.
The solution was to mill our own logs on our lathe, which is kept in our log yard. We work with Brian Seago, owner of Logs to Lumber out of Marengo, Wisconsin when we need milled logs. View a video of the lathe in action. Mizer lathe for milling logs
We hauled them to the site and started the replacement process. The crew removed the rotten section using chain saws and chisels. This is one of the services we specialize in – skillfully replacing logs so that you can’t detect the replacement logs from the original ones. After all the rot was removed, the “fresh wood” was treated with a borate treatment to guard against future rot.
The original pine logs were very vulnerable to decay because that is the nature of that type of wood. Our many years of experience have led us to use dried cedar for our replacement logs because cedar is naturally rot-resistant. This means they are typically more durable than the original pine logs often used in a kit-built homes like this one.
We are so confident in our replacement logs that we offer a 10 year warranty against rot, provided the stain on them is properly maintained.
If you have any type of problem with your log home or cabin, give us a call at 715-373-5744. We can help.