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"We bought our log cabin four years ago. It was a total wreck from years of neglect - carpenter ants/bees, water damage/staining from leaking roof and skylights, etc. But it was six beautiful acres with a private lake one hour from the city... Before we made the decision to tear the house down and start over, we met Ian and his team.

They literally "camped out" in the house for six weeks and totally stripped/stained and resealed the entire house! Four bedrooms, two full baths, great room, kitchen, hallways and the entire outside- including a wrap around deck- was refurbished and protected. And Ian has stayed in touch every year. He just checked on us and this past summer re-sealed the home’s exterior.

The house is our weekend refuge from our insanely, busy workweek. We are there almost every Friday night. The stress just melts away as we pull onto our road and see the perfect house up on the hill overlooking our lake. It's great to know we have someone like Ian if we have any issues. He's always reachable and does a great job!"

Judith Sampson

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Log Chinking for Log Homes & Cabins

Log home chinking can be done during construction or years later to keep the interior warm and airtight. Chinking conserves energy and protects yourlog home from insects and log decay. Modern latex chinking is long lasting and involves little maintenance. Applied properly, Chinking can enhance the comfort, preservation, and resale value of your home.

Performance Log Finishers is an authorized as a contractor by leading chinking suppliers and uses advanced chinking materials to seal the open gaps between logs to eliminate heat loss and air infiltration. Advanced acrylic chinking adheres to logs and stretches to maintain a tight seal by following log movement.

Considerations Before Chinking

  • Log Preparation: Log surfaces must be clean, dry and free of foreign material. In needed low-pressure washing or corn basting may be needed.
  • Very hot weather and high humidity or very cold weather can impact application of chinking.
  • Two Point Adhesion is required to maintain a seal while retaining the ability to stretch and contract with log movement. Chinking and sealant products must be applied in a manner that allows good adhesion to the two wood surfaces. This requires use of backing materials.
  • To maintain a good seal and allow log movement you must create an adequate sealant reservoir. The larger the sealant joint width, the less likely log movement will exceed the sealant’s capabilities.
  • Elastomeric sealants can blister when applied over an inappropriate surface such as certain previously applied sealants, improper backing materials or a hot surface. Selecting the correct backing material is critical for proper sealant performance.

The Right Tools For The Chinking Job

Only the highest quality tools are used to chink your log home.

  • Grip Strip and Backer Rod in various sizes for all types of log styles.
  • Hot knives and blades for cutting expanded polystyrene (EPS) board.
  • Large and small applicator bags.
  • Manual and air powered bulk loading guns and accessories.
  • High quality caulking guns.
  • Powered chink machines for large jobs for professional contractors.
  • A wide range of trowels and spatulas.

Chinking is time-consuming and requires expertise to apply correctly.Theexperienced Performance Log Finishers team members say chinking can be one of the most important tactics for protecting log homes. Contact Performance Log Finishers to learn more about chinking your home by calling 800-781-2551 today.