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Chinking for Log Homes

If there’s one thing that all log home owners know and understand it’s a quality job done right. Your log cabin is beautiful and you want to keep it that way for as long as you can. That’s why right from the start of your build you need to make sure the log chinking is on point. In the old days, cement and mortar chinking for log homes was the norm. However, with today’s advances in chinking products and technology, there’s no need to use the old methods that are outdated and dysfunctional. 

Today’s log cabin chinking requires a superior product, and is best done with triple stretch chinking material. If you want that classic mortared look with a vastly improved seal and half the work time, then triple stretch chinking is the right product for you.

Get the best log chinking

Log chinking is the application of a substance to the joints between the logs. In the old days, anything and everything was used for log home chinking. Chinking products ranged from mud to horsehair to sticks to rocks. We’ve come a long way since those days. Chinking products are applied to log homes in order to keep the elements at bay. Without the proper log cabin chinking, wind, snow, bugs, and other elements from the outdoors can find their way into your home. 

What are the Advantages of Log Cabin Chinking with Triple Stretch?

Log home chinking is much more advanced than it used to be, and triple stretch chinking is evidence of how far the science has come. Aesthetically and structurally speaking, triple stretch chinking is much better than its competitors. Here are a few ways that triple stretch sets itself apart from the competition.

Adhesion
 
With standard chinking materials there is a risk that the chinking won’t set right during its application. Cement - one of the first chinking products - would set fairly well but had a tendency to crack and peel away very easily. Even newer elastic chinking can pull away from the logs. This has been known to happen even on homes that have been properly prepared for new chinking to be put on.
 
Triple stretch chinking, on the other hand, has a superior adhesive quality that isn’t found in other chinking products. While other materials can pull and tear away, triple stretch will stick to the joints when first applied and will not let go. 
 
Tight and Durable Seal
 
Chinking is used to seal your home from the outdoors. Other chinking products have a reputation of creating a seal for the first little while but deteriorating after the first shift in the home. Log home chinking needs to be tight the first time.
 
Using triple stretch chinking for log homes means that you are creating a lasting seal between your home and the outdoors. With triple stretch chinking, a strong and resilient seal is made between the logs, which will protect your home from weather extremes, bugs, and other elements that you’d rather be kept outside.
 
Highly Elastic
 
The old chinking materials such as cement, mud, twigs, and rocks all have the similar properties to today’s traditional chinking products: they don’t move very well with the logs. Logs tend to shift during a stiff breeze and temperature swings. These shifts cause stress on the chinking, and because traditional chinking isn’t designed to shift it tends to pull away from the area it was meant to protect.
 
Triple stretch chinking, on the other hand, is specifically engineered to move, contract, and expand with the logs as they move. And while other elastic brands may hold similar properties, triple stretch chinking will remain as flexible as it was the day it cured onto your home. 
 
Fast Drying and Firm
 
Having a log cabin means wanting to spend as much time enjoying it and as little time fixing it. Log cabin chinking has always been a tedious and time consuming task, and traditional chinking is to blame for it. 
 
If you are looking for firmly tooled chinking and a faster drying cycle, triple stretch chinking is the way to go. The chinking begins its drying process 20-30 minutes after it’s applied and is very nearly dried in 7-8 hours. While the curing process still takes a week, you can rest assured that the chinking product won’t slump, be sticky, or look bubbly once completed.
 

Various Colors and Textures

Log homes are meant to have character. That means they should look vibrant, colorful, and well textured. Unfortunately, if you choose traditional chinking products you are stuck choosing from a small color and texture set. There’s little room for variety when chinking your home with traditional and competing elastic chinking materials.  

Triple stretch log cabin chinking gives people the opportunity to give their home the look they want. From semi-smooth to rough, log home owners are able to mix their chinking how they see fit in order to get the texture they want. Triple stretch also has a wide variety of colors that allow the homeowner to give the exterior some character. The log chinking can have the old mortared look or it can blend in with whatever color of logs you may have. Triple stretch is also designed to make sure that color doesn’t fade over time, which will only add to your home’s character. 

The application of triple stretch chinking is actually fairly simple. In the old days it would take a full day to apply and reapply the chinking in order to create a proper seal. Today, with the proper equipment, you’ll be able to finish the job within the day.

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Chinking Tools

The tools you’ll need to apply the log chinking can all be found very easily. You’ll need:

 

  • Chinking product: this comes in 10.3oz cans, 30oz cans, and 5 gallon pails
  • Applicator: this looks like a caulking gun used on windows, There are applicators that can hold the smaller cans and a larger version that you can add chinking to manually
  • Backing rods: These go in between the joints and the chinking itself in order to ensure the proper adhesion and elongation. 
  • Chinking expands quite a bit so it will need some stability
  • Trowel: use this to smooth out the chinking once it’s applied

 

Preparation
 
Make sure the logs are dry before attempting to apply any log home chinking. The chinking product won’t stick to wet logs. The same goes for logs that have mill glaze: if the logs are ‘shiny’ they will need to be sanded down before any chinking is applied.  It’s also important to take the weather into account. Extreme cold and heat will make chinking for your log home difficult. 
 
Application
 
Take a backing rod and secure it in between the joint. Then pump some chinking onto the surface, following it with a trowel to smooth the edges. Excess log chinking can be removed with soap and water, but once it’s dried you may have to use a solvent for it to be removed. Once this process is complete, the chinking product will begin the drying phase. This phase takes between 7-10 hours initially, while the curing phase will take a week at least. 
 
Storage
 
If you are planning on keeping the chinking for use at a later date, make sure to keep in in a cool dry place. For 5 gallon pails, place a small layer of water on top of the product, cover the product with plastic, and firmly seal the lid.
 

How is Triple Stretch Chinking Better than its Competitors?

Log home owners are always looking for the best way to keep their home looking as good as when it was first built. This task becomes difficult if the chinking products don’t do the job they were designed to do. If the protection that is advertised isn’t provided, the chinking product has failed. 
 
Triple stretch chinking is a superior product to other chinking products for a variety of reasons. Listed below are some common things that can be avoided entirely with the use of triple stretch chinking.
 
Pests
 
With traditional chinking products or other elastic log chinking materials, there is always a risk of cracking along the seams. These cracks can be small but their significance is much bigger. When there are breaks along the chinking, you create small openings for wildlife to enter into your home. These could be mice, beetles, worms, or termites - all of which you probably would rather not have in your home.
 
When you use triple stretch chinking for your home, you don’t have to worry about any of these pests making their way into your cabin. The triple stretch creates a tight seal on the home upon first application and it becomes very difficult for anyone to remove. Having triple stretch chinking for your log home means keeping all of those small insects and animals outside where they belong.
 
Temperature
 
If you live in your cabin year round, you know the benefits of having a nice warm dwelling as the snow falls or a place to cool down in the summertime. With traditional log cabin chinking products however, your cabin may not be keeping as warm as you’d like it to be. Other elastic log chinking products and traditional chinking tend to do poorly in extreme conditions and tend to pull away from the logs and create pockets for air to flow through. These pockets are what let the warm air escape in the winter and the cool air escape in the summer. This is not only a nuisance to you and your family but also your wallet, as these pockets caused by faulty chinking are driving up your energy bills.
 
Triple stretch chinking for log homes is designed to cling to the logs and hold the air - warm or cool - inside the log home where it belongs. With triple stretch log cabin chinking, you don’t have to worry about the heat leaving your home or extra money leaving your wallet. The chinking is much more energy efficient because of its tighter seal on the home, which will keep the heat and AC bills low at the cabin. 
 
Elements
 
During a powerful storm, you hope that your log home is up to the task. After all, it was constructed using large heavy logs and steel. However, low and behold, your log cabin springs a leak and there’s a draft after the last bout of storms. This can be blamed on chinking product failure. 
 
The elements are kept at bay after the first application of triple stretch log cabin chinking. When storms spring up, and a powerful wind pummels the home, the logs tend to shift and bow. Traditional log home chinking can’t handle big shifts in the logs, so cracks form and the chinking fails. These failures result in leaks and drafts around the log home, and another application of the lesser chinking material. Triple stretch chinking products are designed to handle such shifts and will move with ease with the logs during turbulent storms.  As long as you use triple stretch log cabin chinking you won’t have to be concerned with a leaky home again.
 
Exterior
 
Curb appeal with a log home is easy to attain, and log chinking takes a big role in improving that appeal. It is always a tragedy to see a log home that simply looks unkempt but that is always inhabited. The logs look alright but the exterior looks shoddy and in disrepair. It’s unfortunate to see a log home in such a condition.
 
With triple stretch chinking for log homes, you don’t have to worry about the aesthetics of your exterior ever looking anything but marvelous. The chinking product itself is able to be mixed into whatever texture you like and comes in a myriad of colors to suit the look you’re going for. With only one application needed, you’ll be able to make your log home look its best for years to come with little to no effort. Avoid becoming the “shoddy cabin” but using triple stretch log home chinking.
 
 
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