Sealing a log house
Sealing log houses is an important process because it helps preserve the building's appearance, extend its life, and improve energy efficiency. Since log houses are built with natural materials, sealing helps reduce air gaps that can cause heat loss. A properly sealed log house keeps heat inside and also reduces heating costs. In addition, a properly sealed log house helps to create a better indoor climate by preventing drafts and maintaining an even temperature inside.
The wooden surfaces where the sealing materials are installed must be clean and dry. Do not apply sealants to waxed or oiled surfaces. Also, old filling materials and stains on the log can interfere with the sealing material and spoil the appearance. If in doubt, test the material on a small area first.
Check out log house sealing products:
Perma-Chink is a flexible, textured log home chinking that seals the open gaps between logs to eliminate heat loss and air infiltration. Even though it looks and feels like traditional mortar, it's not. Perma-Chink is a pure acrylic that adheres to logs and stretches to maintain a tight seal by following log movement. Perma-Chink resembles traditional masonry mortar and is available in different packages and in a wide range of colors.
Energy Seal is one of the most popular sealants in our product range. Even a single layer (sealed inside or outside) makes a log house completely weatherproof. Energy Seal is a flexible sealing material that, after application, practically disappears into the log house finish today to its textural composition. It also "plays along" in the subsidence of the house thanks to its unique stretchability and elasticity. It is easy to use and professionally finished, and the end result blends in with the wall and matches the wood stains. In fact, Energy Seal adapts so well to the structure of a wooden wall that most people don't even notice that the wall is sealed.
Woodsman is a highly flexible sealant designed for use throughout the home. In addition, the product offers good protection against insect damage, cold air and moisture. When insulating a prefabricated log house, Woodsman is an irreplaceable sealing material. It adheres to all materials, including wood, metal, glass, concrete, ceramic tile, marble, glass, and more. Woodsman can only be washed off the log surface with soap and water.
Check Mate 2 is specially designed for filling cracks in logs. Check Mate 2 is an elastic waterproof sealant that prevents both water and air from entering cracks. It has good color retention, UV and weather resistance, and good resistance to mold and mildew and airborne pollutants. It is especially important to fill the cracks that open upwards, because water can seep into them. If these cracks are left unfilled, wood rot can start. If your house has old cracks that are at risk of wood rot, be sure to apply Shell-Guard RTU wood preservative to the log crack before Check Mate 2.