When finding new chinking products for your log home, you have many, many options. Whether you are chinking the whole cabin completely from scratch, or you are just repairing some old chinking that has become damaged, there are many different products that you will need. There is an extensive market for these types of products, with several brands to choose from. Here are some tips for choosing the best log home chinking products.
Before you can chink your logs, you will need to treat them with a finishing solution. There are many types of log finishing stains, and which one is best for you will depend on your priorities. If you want something that is readily available and easy to apply, an oil-based stain will be your best bet. If you want something that is more breathable and durable, choose a latex stain (available in either solid colors or semitransparent acrylic versions). For those who want the natural look of the log to come through, choose a varnish – although you should be aware that they are very high maintenance and prone to peeling.
Your chinking will need to be applied to a backing rod, especially if there is more than a quarter of an inch between your logs. Most retailers that sell chinking will also sell backing rods. Grip Strip is the most common type of backing rod, and it is generally considered to be the easiest to use. It repels water and grips the logs so that everything is secure. Another type of backing rod is SOF rod. This type of rod is very flexible and is perfect to install in smaller joints, as there are custom sizes made to fit them. There are also closed cell and open cell backing rods. Closed cell rods are very firm and sturdy, whereas open cell rods are softer and more pliable.
After you have applied your chinking, you will need to use a tool to smooth it down and mold it to fit the spaces between the logs. There are a few different tools you can use for this. Before using a chinking tool, you should lightly mist it with water. Common tools are a mortar or a foam brush, but you could also even use a rubber spatula or a knife.
Most importantly, you will need to choose the brank of chinking or sealant that you will be using for your log home. The standard for log chinking today is synthetic compounds that are made to be flexible, waterproof, and durable. They are preferable to old mortar because they do not crack or crumble, and are made to withstand heavy amounts of wear and tear. The difference between most brands of chinking is their texture and their color. Most chinking comes in several different colors to match the color of your logs. If you are feeling adventurous, there are also many recipes online for how to make your own chinking.