Chinking

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Chinking Joint

Chinking is a flexible sealant that is used to seal the joints of log homes.  No matter what type of log property you own, it is important to use chinking, a synthetic mortar, to keep the log joints sealed. We offer several reliable chinking products. 
 
At Schroeder Log Home Supply Inc., we believe in offering high-quality products for affordable prices. That is why our selection of chinking products is the perfect choice for anyone who owns a log home. When it comes to chinking log homes, you know that the job must get done right in order for your home's log joints to be properly sealed. Even if you know what you are doing, you need the right supplies to ensure reliable results. With our selection of products, you will have several terrific options to choose from Perma-Chink Chinking and Log Jam Chinking.
 
Chinking joint width of your logs should be between 1/4" and 2" and four times the anticipated movement. For chink joints 1" or more, the depth of the joint should be 3/8" to 1/2". The depth of chinking joints less than 1" wide should be half the width but no less than 1/4". Chinking joint depth should be 1/4"-1/2". See Backer Rod and Chinking Part 1 and 2 for more information.
Browse our inventory for additional details regarding our products. If you would like to learn more about chinking, contact Schroeder Long Home Supply Inc. today!
 
Chinking FAQs
Can I stain before chinking? When applying Perma-Chink or Log Jam Chinking and using a water based stain, the chinking may be applied before of after staining. If using oil-based log finishes like NatureColor Base or Recoater, WeatherSeal, Woodguard, or WR-5:
  • Apply chinking over one coat, and then apply a second coat of log finish the following year.
  • Before chinking, wait at least 21 days after staining to allow for cure time. Outlast Q8 Log Oil can be chinked with a urethane caulking after 30 days. If using a water based chinking wait 60 days in warm weather (Summer) and 90 days if cooler or Spring/Fall. Paraffinic oils like in X-100 can cause adhesion failures.
Do I need Backer Rod? Yes, if chink joints are greater than 1/4". See Backer Rod and Chinking.

Chinking Application Temps - What does the temperature need to be to apply chinking? See Surface Preparation.

Chinking Blisters - How do I prevent them? Click here for details.

Chinking Tools - What can I use to smooth out my chinking?
People use various kinds of chinking tooling devices. Butter knives, rubber spatulas, and foam brushes like the Paint Wand are used. The Paint Wand, kept damp, works well for Log Jam chinking.


How Much Chinking Do I Need?
See our Chinking Calculator.

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