Log Home Repair
Damage to the walls of a log home usually comes from constant exposure to moisture and direct sun. In these areas, stains and coatings wear out quickly, leaving the logs unprotected. Periodic maintenance is required to keep the logs solid and in good condition.
Some areas are naturally vulnerable due to excessive weathering. These areas can include:
- Porch sills and posts
- Log corners and overhangs
- Logs that get water splash-back from a bulk head or a deck
Sample Log Wall Repair Job
Below are pictures of another recent log home repair job. In this home, the entire log corner was damaged by water runoff caused by improper gutter installation. As you can see, all of the compromised corner logs have been removed, replaced and refinished.
In this home, rainwater from a roof valley directed water onto a log corner for a period of over 20-years. This constant abuse had damaged the integrity of the corner to the extent that the logs now must be replaced. All of the damage occurred before the installation of corrective gutters.
In the the first photo, we are investigating the extent of the damage to determine how much of the corner needs to be replaced.
Next, we have removed the entire log corner. Notice that the corner of the building is supported by the upper log courses and requires no additional temporary support. Logs will be removed back to the window.
The wall logs are now replaced with fresh material shaped to match the size and cut of the existing logs wall. Notice that the new, upper wall logs are woven with the existing ones. This creates a strong corner, and makes the repair almost undetectable.
Once the repair is done and the logs are stained the corner looks almost like new. We completed this repair job in four days.
Keep in mind that this is an extreme situation caused by unusual log wear over a prolonged period of time. With routine preventative maintenance all of this work could have been avoided.