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All homes have pests. Log and Timber frame homes have specific pests that like to chew up wood, or burrow inside. For many pests, Perma-Chink Systems offers specific products to treat the wood, aimed at preventing damage from pests.

 

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Despite our best efforts, sometimes problems devlop in wood that requires some more serious work than just stripping the finish or applying a new topcoat. Wood decay does happen, and it can be repaired if caught early enough. Perma-Chink Systems offers two-part epoxy products, M-Balm and E-Wood, to repair damaged logs.

If you're looking to restore your home's beauty through taking the wood down to bare wood and applying a new finish, we can help you with that, too. We offer S-100 and StripIt, environmentally-friendly water-based strippers.

 

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Perma-Chink Systems offers wood preservatives designed to protect your home from insects and wood rot. Below are our Tech Tips for our preservatives, along with some general product knowledge on storing procedures.

 

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All About Wood Decay      

Perma-Chink Systems namesake product, Perma-Chink, is the leading sealant for log homes. We've extended the same performance and quality of Perma-Chink in our other sealants, Energy Seal and Woodsman.

Below are our Tech Tips for all our sealants, including our Chink Paint, which provides an excellent solution refresh old, but sealed, chinking.

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Tech Tips For Chink Paint

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Perma-Chink Systems have the best stains for log and timber homes. While we tend to call our stains "finishes," most consumers are used to the phrasing of "wood stain." Why the difference? The quick answer is that stains permeate the wood, while finishes form a film over the surface, protecting the wood. If you want to know more about the difference, our tips below can answer your questions.

The Tech Tips are grouped below by how our system works. Like most things in life, success is determined by a strong foundation. So the first section contains information on getting your log or timber home ready for the finish of your choosing. Following the surface prep section, we've consolidated information about our finishes for both exterior and interior. The final section is dedicated to known issues with log and timber homes that all homeowners have to deal with, regardless of which finish they choose.

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Tech Tips For Moisture, Mold, & Wood Issues

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From Peter H. Miller, Traditional Building:

 

Not every great leader was born with wealth and privilege. In fact, some of the greatest U.S. presidents came from the most humble of abodes. Today we take a look at some of our favorite presidential birthplaces.

 

1) Abraham Lincoln

Arguably one of the greatest leaders in our nation's history, Abraham Lincoln could not have come from a more humble beginning. This one-room cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky, measured only 16 ft. x 18 ft., had a dirt floor, a stone fireplace, and a single window.

 

2) Dwight Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in this simple 2-story frame house in Denison, Texas. He was the first U.S. President from Texas--although he didn't know that until he was an adult. Eisenhower's family moved to Kansas when he was 2 years old, and he had no knowledge of his Texas origins until a local school principal named Jennie Jackson contacted him and asked if he was related to the Eisenhower family of Denison. Once Eisenhower's mother confirmed that it was indeed his birthplace, Jackson set about raising funds to buy the home, which was then donated to the city of Denison. It is now operated by the Texas Historical Commission, and is a designated Texas Historic Landmark.

 

3) Bill Clinton

William Jefferson Clinton, our 42nd president, was born in the small town of Hope, Arkansas. He lived in this modest house in Hope with his recently-widowed mother and her parents until he was 4 years old. It was in this home that Clinton first learned about social equality, justice, and a commitment to serving others from his beloved grandfather.

 

4) John Adams

John Adams, the second president of the United States, was born in this Quincy, Massachusetts saltbox house that was built in 1681. This historic American colonial structure still stands in its original location, surrounded by the six acres of land that Adams' father--a prominent deacon--bought soon after his birth. Adams lived in this house with his family until the age of 29 when he married Abigail Smith.

 

5) Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant's parents paid $2 a month to rent this tiny home in Point Pleasant, Ohio. Grant was born in this home, but lived there less than a year--his family moved to Georgetown just prior to his first birthday. Today, this site is a historic house museum operated by the Ohio Historical Society, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In July we are celebrating National Log Home Month. During the month of July, log home manufacturers will honor America’s log home heritage by hosting home tours, log raising demonstrations, log home building seminars and more. There are many different sizes and styles of log home construction to suit any homeowner's vision.

 

Here we present the TOP 15 Log Home Manufacturers, and invite you to visit their websites and see what they have to offer. Each manufacturer is outstanding in quality of craftsmanship, and this is not a ranked list.

 

1. Satterwhite Log Homes

 Satterwhite Log Homes

 

2. Rocky Mountain Log Homes

Rocky Mountain Log Homes

 

3. Honest Abe Log Homes

Honest Abe Log Homes

 

4. Golden Eagle Log Homes

Golden Eagle Log Homes

 

5. StoneMill Log Homes

StoneMill Log Homes

 

6. Hearthstone Homes

Hearthstone Homes

 

7. Woodhaven Log and Lumber

Woodhaven Log Homes

 

8. True North Log Homes

True North Log Homes

 

9. Blue Ridge Log Cabins

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10. Sierra Log Homes

Sierra Log Home

 

11. Katahdin Log Homes

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12. Appalachian Log Homes

Appalachian Log Home

 

13. Fairview Log Homes

Fairview Log Homes

 

14. Wildwood Log Homes

 

15. Strongwood Log Homes

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