Chinking alone is not enough to seal your home. Learn from the pros with these sealing and finishing tips for log homes.
Whether or not you are sealing and/or chinking a new or existing log home, you will need to consider whether it is compatible with the stain and then make sure it is applied correctly for the best seal and energy savings.Chinked or chink-less walls benefit from today’s flexible sealants and chinking that are formulated to seal gaps to bond to stained wood. Backer rods and caulks are used in larger cracks to provide even greater protection from the elements. These products are available in a large variety of colors to match your exterior stain, or in the case of chinking, may contrast with the color of the logs for a striking effect.
Chinking. Chinked style log homes are intentionally built with a space between each course of log work. This space is filled with a backer rod and then chinking is applied both inside and out. Modern chinking has great adhesion and elastic properties, allowing it to expand and contract as the logs move.Many of today’s products are unaffected by ultra violet rays, are resistant to chemicals, salt spray, water vapor and mildew, and have low thermal conductivity. Chinking is applied in many ways; from as simple as a using a spatulas to as mechanical as a chink pump that can apply yards of chinking in a short period of time.