January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! One of the best ways to cut energy costs on an existing log home is to seal the joints with backer rod and caulking.
Logs and large timbers have thermal mass, which allow them to retain and radiate heat well in the winter. No doubt, log cabins are cozy! They can become uncomfortable, however, when daylight is seen between the logs or through the corner notches. If daylight is visible, then air can undoubtedly pass through, and that's when uncomfortable drafts will be coming into the home. If cold drafts are coming in, then warm energy is escaping out. That means it's time to caulk!
Insert a foam backer rod into the gap between the logs and seal the joint with a caulking designed for logs, such as Log Builder or Conceal Textured Caulking. Mist with some water to lubricate, then smooth out with a putty knife or spatula.
Cutting Your Energy Costs in a log home is as easy as squeezing a caulk gun trigger!
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