Chinking

Chinking from ProLog Restorations Inc

By: ProLog Restorations Inc  12/07/2015
Keywords: Log Homes, log home restoration, Log Home Maintenance

Chinking is the mortar-like material used between the logs that stops air, insects and moisture from infiltrating the structure. With the help of a backer rod, it also helps insulate your home. With a wide variety of types and color available, chinking is often used as a design feature, with colors chosen to contrast or compliment the wood and create a desired look. In the old days, chinking was a mixture of clay, lime, and sand and anything else that could be sourced locally to help hold the mixture together. The downside of that style of chinking was that it hardened to a point where it was non-elastic, and ended up pulling away from logs and cracks, leaving gaps and allowing water and insects free access. Today chinking is made of an acrylic, elastic compound that adheres to the logs and can stretch and contract as logs settle and move seasonally. It can be used for new construction and can be applied to restoration projects to seal gaps and ensure that the homes are sealed soundly for many more years.

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