One of the most interesting aspects of log cabin kits is how long they can last depending on the quality of construction, building materials and care taken on the wood itself.
In some cases, a log cabin can survive for decades, sometimes even centuries if they are taken care of and depending on environmental conditions even a cabin that has laid dormant for some years can be restored and look beautiful in the process.
Here are some top tips when restoring your log cabin.
The key to whether a cabin restoration is going to be worth the money is to check the structural integrity of the logs themselves, especially at each corner where the wood needs to be at its strongest.
If there are signs of infestation, decay or major damage, it might be the case that these parts need to be replaced instead of being restored.
It can often depend on the age and structural support the log provides, so if you are uncertain, get in touch with an expert who can inspect the logs and make a judgement about what work needs to be done.
When it comes to replacing decay in a log without replacing the entire log, there are typically two routes to go down, depending on whether you want to use epoxy or not.
Wood splicing is the first step and involves cutting out the decayed portion of the log and replacing it with a plug of new wood that has the same pattern and direction of the grain as the original.
If you need to return a log to its natural strength or are worried about potential moisture damage, one potential option is to cut out the damaged or decayed wood and replace it with epoxy, which can strengthen the decayed log.
Author - Martin Corby
Posted - 02 Nov 2021
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