Log Home Specialty Services
Half Log Replacement, Rot Repair Work for Log Homes, Siding Rot & Trim Replacement & Rotted Deck Board Replacement in NC, SC, southern VA
No one wants it to happen, but occasionally rot will infect logs. It doesn’t have to mean the end of your dream home, but the expense of rot repair work for log homes can vary from inexpensive to expensive if let go, so you will want to make all rot repair work a top priority.
If you have rotted logs to repair, fear not. After having the rot repaired it is extremely important to address and correct the issue that led to the rot to begin with.
Here are some common conditions that promote rot:
- Bare UV degraded logs left uncared for over many years of continued weathering on the harshest sides.
- Leaky gutter or down spout that allows water to run down the logs, most commonly seen on log ends.
- Large checks or cracks on the up-facing part of the log that collects and holds rainwater, organic debris like pine needles and bits of leaves, and dead bugs.
- Garden sprinkler systems spraying the walls of the house create not only rot issues but can leave mineral stains on the logs that are almost impossible to remove.
- Horizontal beams log surfaces, or deck boards that allows water to sit on the surface and be wicked back into the house.
- Log ends, also known as purlins, or ridge beam that extend past the protection of the roof.
- Vegetation or flower boxes holding moisture next to the walls and any earth in contact with the logs.
- Porch or deck floors attached to the bottom log instead of spaced properly to allow for water drainage up against the home.
- Exterior faucets that are drilled through logs and not properly sealed or interior leaking plumbing.
- Paint used on the logs instead of a quality log home finish that is permeable.
- Wood digesting insect infestation. It is common to see them go hand in hand, so to speak.
Some of these conditions are easily remedied but many require a professional to do the work. It’s very important to make sure the conditions that promoted the rot and the condition that created the rot are both corrected before you try to restore the rest of your log home or log cabin.
An excellent technical reference for rot can be found here: http://www.forestpathology.org/decay.html
Contact our office for your consultation, we’ll be glad to assist you.