Log Repair and Replacement
We have repaired and restored hundreds of homes, cabins, and other log structures throughout the United States. Logs needing replacement can be matched using the same method and building style and precision as the original building. Sometimes there are problems with the bottom logs due to structural problems. We can assist you with a redesigned foundation to keep these problems from happening again.
How To Spot A Rotting Log (Advice from the Log Doctor regarding Log Home Repair)
Use a hammer and walk each logs full length, tapping on it. You will need a ladder to tap on the upper logs. Don't forget to tap on the logs directly below the windows! They are one of the first ones to show signs of rotting. If there is a hollow or bad exterior you will experience a different sound. This is not always a fool proof way to locate rotted logs, but it works 90% of the time. Once a problem log is located, place a piece of masking tape to mark it for repair.
Another method is to simply look for the gray weathered look or insect holes.
Log ends are also spots for log rot, especially if they stick out past the overhangs of the house. Water splashing down off from the roof onto the top log starts a waterfall effect that can cause the whole corner to rot. Some times you can see them going bad first from the hollow spots forming in the log end.
Please check out the article “Inside Look” on our “Featured Projects” page for more information on how and where to look for rotting logs. Then “contact us” to get a quote for replacement.
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