LogDoctors have found over the years that log homes fall into two basic categories. Those that are log chinked and sealed when first built and those that are log chinked and sealed five years down the road.
The log home manufacturers and log wrights work at cutting extremely tight packages, but logs have typical wood properties that allow them to expand and contract with temperature and humidity. Over a period of time a log can shrink as much as 30%.
This natural movement will allow air and water penetration over time which translates into extra cost in heating and cooling. In some cases, this fluctuation of the logs in your home can result in rotten or damaged logs and even insect infestations. Chinking is a flexible sealant that is used to seal the joints of log homes. No matter what type of log property you own, it is important to use chinking, a synthetic mortar, to keep the log joints sealed.
To identify the leaky areas of your log home, our energy evaluation team uses various pieces of sophisticated equipment to identify where the leaks are in the structure and remedy these issues. Feel free to give LogDoctors a call for more information.