Log Home Rot and Insect Restorationbill2019-04-18T00:27:43+07:00
Rotted logs are unattractive but more importantly they can compromise the structural integrity of your home and in severe cases,even cause collapse. Once rotting has started it will spread quickly through your logs so do not delay! Call West Coast Restoration today at (360) 961-3220 if you suspect a rot problem.
The good news is that if caught and handled early on we can repair the damage and with ongoing maintenance your home can be rot free forever! Replacing and repairing logs is a difficult process that requires skilled professionals. Do not attempt to do this on your own.
We always identify the underlying problem and resolve it before restoring and resealing your logs. Do not be fooled by a company who will fix the appearance but not the cause of the problem. We will identify causes and recommend solutions such as extending your eaves or installing gutters if necessary.
The areas most likely to become rotten are checks (cracks in the log), gaps in butt joints and generally the logs along the ground. There are many types of rot that can affect your logs, here are the most common:
Mildew: most often found in rooms with running water, is powdery and range in colors
Brown Rot: this is the most common cause of decay in log homes, it starts by forming white spots that turn brown and can cause the wood to become soft and disintegrate
Dry Rot: similar to brown rot but is found in dry wood, still requires moisture to spread
White Rot: makes wood look bleached, often found in hardwoods
Soft Rot: shallow rot found in extremely weathered wood
Pocket Rot: looks like white specs on a log’s surface
Caring for wood to prevent rot is the most important step:
Maintain a good sealant
Maintain chinking to avoid gaps in logs
Be sure your home has good overhangs and working gutters
Insect Infestation Solutions
If your log home has a breathable stain then you are susceptible to insect infestations. We recommend applying a borate solution into the logs to prevent a bug problem from starting. Please note that rotten logs attract bugs so be sure to handle rot issues quickly.
If you have an insect infestation, we will use media blasting to clear them away and then apply a termicide, insecticide and fungicide solution. Your home will then be resealed with a breathable sealant with bug additive.
“My deck looks marvelous! Can’t wait to have my house done. Workmanship is great and I absolutely love it!”-Hillary T. Wright
“You did a wonderfully professional job on restoration of our back deck and front porch. They look better than new! We also appreciated your neat and timely workmanship. It has been a pleasure working with you!”-W. Jane Maddox
“Bill not only approaches his work in the most professional way, he clearly understands what it takes to protect wood in the northwest environment. Bill chose the best products for our deck, and made sure the decks were all properly prepared before application.”- Matt & Elinor McGarry