The benefits of owning a log home far outweigh the cost, but there are many details that you must be aware of in order to maintain a log home well. Chinking or caulking is one of those details. While it may seem intimidating, we find a good way to determine this by the following rule of thumb.
If the seam width is ¾ of an inch or less, you should use caulking. Generally speaking, caulking is the right choice for a very narrow seam application. For an energy seal to blend in with the wood surface and not be easily seen, caulking is also your best bet. Many caulking products are designed to have a light texture and accept stain to blend the sealant in with the surrounding wood. A caulking product is an excellent choice for sealing your log home around doors and windows. It should also be used to seal butt joints, corners, and junctions between log walls and other surfaces such as beams, roof lines or framed walls.
If the seam width is larger than ¾ of an inch, then using a chinking product is definitely the best choice. Additionally, chinking is ideal to use when sealing up the junctions between wood walls and concrete and brick or stone features. A chinking product usually has a heavier texture that looks a lot like concrete mortar.
Using products by this rule of thumb will allow them to keep up with the movement and shifting of your log home. However, it is important to consider the log profile, joinery types and many different surfaces that make up your log home.
A log home that is properly caulked or chinked is significantly more energy efficient than one where it isn’t maintained. Not only that, gaps around windows and doors can make your log home extremely uncomfortable. One must also take caution to ensure that the chinking or caulking is installed correctly as it can lead to log rot. Contact our office to find an expert that will help you figure out what exactly to do for your log home!