The J.T. Unique/Cozy Cabin Outfitters section of our website shows not only are we a builder/remodeler, but we also offer a unique product called themed décor packages. Basically our themed décor packages offer a blend of rustic log, timber and trim materials which give you the materials to turn any room into a cabin look. […]
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Basically our themed décor packages offer a blend of rustic log, timber and trim materials which give you the materials to turn any room into a cabin look. The three package styles we offer allow you to customize the look to suit your individual décor tastes.
But within those package descriptions we also mention something our readers may be unfamiliar with called “chinking.”
Chinking before and after
Simply put chinking is a a water-based, flexible and durable sealant used to seal the joints between the logs of log homes. Historically chinking was a mix of a variety of materials which included clay, sand, mud or lime, and it was applied to keep the wind from coming in between the logs.
Visually speaking chinking is the broad white band you see between logs on a log home. It makes the walls look as though they are striped.
These days chinking is used to create a seal to prevent dust, wind or water from penetrating the logs. It also improves a home’s energy efficiency by reducing heat loss.
Chinking’s elasticity allows it to contract and stretch when the logs move, preventing the chinking from cracking, peeling or pulling away from the logs.
On exterior applications chinking ensures the logs remain protected with little need for maintenance.
But you may be asking why it’s used on interior decor packages, such as ours…
An authentic log cabin look has a space between each log. Chinking is one of the hallmarks of a handcrafted log home.
On interior applications, such as our themed décor packages, chinking is used for aesthetic purposes to retain the authentic look of a traditional log home. Our interior applications require no sealing from water or weather, but we still offer the service (mind you it’s included free with our décor packages) to retain the authentic appearance.