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Log Home Chinking

The Keys to Successful Caulk Joint Design

To chink or not to chink… one of the big log home questions.  Obviously, if your home design demands chinking between logs that are not coped to accommodate each other, or your logs are stacked  in such a way that chinking is required to complete the weather seal, you have  no choice.  But oftentimes chinking can be a design accent – not a requirement. In either case, chinking must be applied properly to last through the years and adapt to the temperature changes and movement of the logs.

Whether you DIY or hire a professional to chink your home, you need to know how this process works.  If chinking is not applied properly it will separate from one or more of the surfaces to which it is applied and require that the job is repeated years befor it should be necessary.  Jeff Cremer of American Log Homes authored one of the best articles on chinking that I have ever seen. 

Jeff writes… Two key elements are essential to effective caulking. First, the caulk used must form a “wet” seal, one that adheres to the wood surfaces rather than just filling the gaps between them. And second, it needs to be elastic (a quality sometimes referred to as “memory”), either stretching or compressing as the shapes of the logs themselves subtly move through natural expansion or contraction.

The article includes many photos such as this one above graphically illustrating the right way and the wrong way to apply chinking.  If chinking is a decision you are faced with, you will not want to miss reading the full article here, “Log Home Chinking – The Keys to Successful Caulk Joint Design“.

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