Damaged Logs Mean Trouble
Logs need specific kinds of repair when they have been damaged by insects, mold, fungus, and/or decay. Depending on the level of damage, we can put a stop to minor damage that, gone untreated, will cause more expensive repairs in the future. Then, if needed, we will repair damaged logs and chinking.
Three Most Common Problems Causing Logs to Fail:
MOISTURE ~ UV DAMAGE ~ INSECT INFESTATION & BIRDS (WOODPECKERS)
In most instances, it is moisture that starts the deterioration process, but the common causes of
deterioration are usually triggered by the following conditions:
- Shrubs or trees too close to the structure
- Logs (especially log ends) exposed to rain water run-off
- Dark areas where snow builds up
- High concentration of sunlight without proper surface protection
Once moisture penetrates the logs, insect won’t be far behind. UV stress is another common problem. Without proper protection from the sun’s rays, the logs will breakdown, become brittle and, once again, become a perfect habitat for insects.
When replacing a log or multiple logs you must use the same type of wood that the existing logs are. That way it stays uniform to the remaining structure. Once the log is replaced we make sure that the problem has been taken care of . We will do our best to match the stain on the new log with the existing stain on the logs. However because of exposure to the elements the other logs have been exposed to it maybe impossible to match 100%. If there is a considerable difference it maybe necessary to stain the entire area so that the repair has a seamless effect.