Offices In Canastota, New York and Tampa, Florida
AP Log Home Services LLC Uses only the best chinking which includes Perma Chink and Log Jam
Chinking is a flexible textured compound formulated to fill in spaces between the logs to stop airflow and prevent water and bug damage.
Gaps around windows, doors, between log courses and in the corners can rob your log home of efficiency and comfort. Also failed chinking or caulking is one of the main causes of log rot and water damage.
Some buildings are designed to be chinked or caulked and for some, it becomes necessary over time.
Basically what we are doing when we chink or caulk is filling the gaps between the logs or between logs and windows, doors, foundations, roof lines and other areas where we want to prevent air and water from making its way into the log building or cabin.
Chinking and caulking both rely on latex polymers for adhesion.
The basic difference between caulk and chink is that chinking has fine sand particles added to it.
This sand makes the appearance of the chinking dull or "flat”, and in the same way that aggregate adds strength to a concrete slab - the sand adds strength to the chinking material.
Chinking is the best way to seal the joints between the logs on any log home. This material adheres much better than traditional caulking. Chinking can be used in lines that are from 1/2" to 6" or more wide. If the lines we want to seal are less than 1/2" in width, we usually recommend traditional caulking.
Many times it is necessary to install foam backer behind the line of chinking. This foam rod insulates the line as well as breaks the bond in the center of the line, allowing for more flexibility of the chinking material.
An often over-looked area as far as chinking goes is the transition between the windows and the back side of the trim of the windows. If left un-sealed, these cavities become places where water and air can make its way into the home.
The other reason to fill these cavities is that critters (bats, bees and mice) love these areas and find it a fitting home or way to get into your house.
Chinking comes in about eight different colors - from white to a rich grey (like mortar) and from light tan to dark brown (like brownie mix). The choice of color is mainly a personal choice of the homeowner. In general, if the logs are small (calling for many lines in between them) it is best to stick to a color of chinking that best matches the stain color on the logs.