Replacing rotten logs in this Webb Lake, Wisconsin home was an important part of its restoration. This 75+ year old home had stood the test of time, but over the years it had developed some rot. Like many log cabins, it was nicely situated on a lake, but unfortunately, like many cabins built in this era, the lower logs were too close to the ground, making them susceptible to rot.
Our goal when working on any log home is to maintain as much of its original design as possible. In the case of this log home, it was determined that it would be best to make a change in the picture window. The problem with the bowed wall underneath the window was resolved by removing one of the bays and filling in with new logs. This allowed for more structural support for the other two windows.
This cabin had rot caused by lack of “freeboard”, which means the logs are too close to the ground. This allows water to splash off the ground onto the logs, and over time, they often rot. One solution to this problem is to put some sort of slab or foundation along the wall to get the lowest log up higher, but this is not always a practical solution.
The owner chose to have Edmunds & Company replace the rotten logs with kiln-dried cedar logs. Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, and using fully dried logs means they are stable and will not shrink or shift. One thing we often recommend when there is a lack of freeboard is to install gutters where possible to keep water from splashing onto the lower logs.
People often ask if cedar logs will blend in with their original logs after staining. The answer is “yes”. We have used them for years with great success.
To learn more about this or if you would like an estimate for replacing rotten logs on your cabin, give us a call at 715-373-5744. We have over 40 years of experience!