Log homes have a personal charm and style. If you are planning to construct a new one or are already staying in one then it is crucial to get familiar with the common repair problems you can possibly experience.
Every log home does not struggle with all issues mentioned below but it is wise to keep eyes open and handle them as soon as they develop. With timely attention you can ensure to keep your log home looking and functioning at its best for years to come.
Cypress log homes are chemical free and need less maintenance. They are best material that resist insects and decay. If you are planning to build one than make use of cypress wood as the home will last for generations.
The possibility that the logs used in building your home are not totally dried, so they possibly shrink. In addition, moisture makes wood contract and expand. All this results in gaps over years. Chinking means sealing off gaps between logs to keep wind and moisture out from entering the home.
Consistent expansion and shrinkage can cause cracks in the chinking. The solution is to replace cracked chinking, so as to maintain integrity of home structure and keep it energy efficient.
Wood can experience rot over years, especially if they are not lifted from ground. In addition, they can be exposed to splash-back of overhangs and decks, as the gutters may not be in proper working order. This can be expensive because the rotted logs will need replacement.
Take steps to ensure that gutters drain properly and foundation gets proper protection even the lowest logs are covered with protective finishes.
Check in logs
Due to shrinking cracks or checks get developed in the log. It is normal but you need to keep an eye as the cracks can get enlarged allowing moisture penetrate deeply within the log, which can rot.
Lack of flashing
Flashing helps to keep the moisture outside your home or collecting around logs where roof, decks, and chimneys are attached. If ignored there can be a buildup of moisture, which can even enter home attic. Thus, the internal areas can get infested from mold development that can hamper interior air quality.
Termites, carpenter bees & ants, beetles and bugs pose great risk to log homes. The insulation foam in the ceiling and within the logs themselves get eaten. Thus, weakening the building structure and rooting the possibility of rotting. If you detect insect activities then engage a professional exterminator.
Direct sunlight is also an issue because over years the finishes can break down rapidly. When finishes vanish, your log home’s protection capabilities against climatic conditions lessen. This can ultimately cause rotting. Use anti-reflective finish regularly, so as to maintain protection level.
Poorly draining roof
The first defense line against moisture, snow, and rain is the roof. Incorrectly designed, flashed as well as drained roof can cause multiple common issues along with wood rot. The roofs have to extend far enough, so as to avoid back splash. Even make sure the roofs are pitched properly for best drainage. They must have sufficient gutter system as well as flashing for consistent home protection.
Take proper care of your log home, so as to enjoy staying in it for long!