There are a number of reasons why log rot will begin. Often incorrect building procedures or a poor choice of stain can cause log rot. Improper over-hangs and decks built onto log walls combined with a predominant shaded area can quickly lead to log damage. Proper precautions must be taken in these situations to avoid having a negative impact on the exterior of your home. In some instances, log rot threatens the structure of a home and must be repaired. Log replacement can become very expensive so it makes sense to perform preventative maintenance on a regular basis.
Most over the counter stains from your local home improvement stores are insufficient to protect logs and siding. Some contain a resin which seals the log and prevents moisture from escaping. It will start to deteriorate your logs from the inside with no signs of rot visible from the exterior. Often, the only indication of a problem is darkening of the log and stain. At that point, the extent of the rot can’t be fully known until work begins to remove the rotted material.
Mold can also form, posing a serious health hazard and it is often observed that rot attracts insects which feed or nest in the rotted wood. If you need to restore an existing home, let us assist you from start to finish. After repairs and replacements are completeed, we will prepare a scheduled maintenance plan to ensure your home’s durability and looks.
Log replacement is a learned craft that takes years to perfect. It takes a very steady hand and precise craftsmanship to hand-scribe and cut into your home. It all starts with choosing the right log home specialist for your repairs.
When looking for log rot, the first areas to look are the overhangs and areas around windows and logs that are close if not touching the ground. Log rot is very sensitive in these areas especially where water splashed onto logs.
When we are finished with repairs, we always do our best to clean up the debris and put it in an area that you have chosen.