To make a cabin stand out, we often use a method known as chinking. This is that large white band you will see between the log courses. The walls seem to have a striped appearance, providing the cabin with a unique look while also protecting the home from the howling wind noise. Logs are normally cut by hand and smoothed to provide a complete look and match the contours of the logs beneath. A log cabin certainly has a lot of personality, but the logs are not going to match one another perfectly. Using chinking is the best way to create a tighter fit. If the logs rest upon one another, there can be large gaps and an uneven surface, which becomes a major eyesore.
In the past, chinking was a simple clay mixture of sand, mud, lime, and thatch. Thanks to advancements in building, the process now uses an acrylic compound that will expand or contract to the wood. Chinking is the best way to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home. Our method of will involve using the right blend of material between the wood logs to help seal out drafts while giving the home a unique look.
We use a specific acrylic compound that is designed to seal out drafts and prevent your home from dealing with wind noise and other outside elements. Older homes often need repair to help the cabin remain strong and steadfast against the weather. Chinking is needed to help insulate the home as well, reducing your energy costs. One way to tell if your home is in need of repair is to look at the material and see if it pulls away from the logs and cracks. When the logs settle into place, it is common for the material to shift and move, which can cause it to fall out, leaving your home vulnerable to the elements and pests. If you need chinking repair or installation in Island Park, ID or West Yellowstone, MT… contact Blue Heron Design-Build today!