Edmunds & Company are the log home problems solvers; rotten crowns removed are no problem for our team! Log home problems come in all shapes and sizes. Some are easier to solve than others.
When Marc Emery approached Edmunds & Company about the numerous rotten crowns (log ends) on his home in Cambellsport, Wisconsin, he knew he had significant rot and was looking for an affordable solution.
This log home had what is known as “real log siding”. The siding is approximately five inches thick and it was applied to a framed home. The main problem was that the corners (crowns) were all rotting out.
Sometimes it is difficult to figure out the reason logs rot on a log home, but in this case, the first thing we noticed was that the crowns were allowed to extend outside of the drip line of the roof. Rain fell directly onto these corners. Over time, the excess moisture caused the logs to rot. About 50% of the logs in each corner were rotten. Since the crowns were more ornamental than structural, it meant there was more than one way to solve the problem.
The owner wanted to save money on the project and still protect the corners from future rot. We came up with a solution that involved removing all the crowns and replacing them with vertical cedar logs in each corner. This accomplished two things:
- It removed the rot
- It reduced the potential for future rot because it brought the profile of the corner inside the drip line so that rain was no longer falling directly onto the corners.
Though this did change the look of the home to some extent, it solved a problem at a reasonable cost.
Edmunds & Company has over 40 years of experience solving all types of log home problems. If you need some expert advice, call us at 715-373-5744. We can help.