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Chinking - the material used to fill the spaces between logs in a log house

Roche Jaune Chinking owned and operated by alexa calio - offering log and timber frame chinking and caulking, as well as blasting, staining and thermal imaging with 20+ years experience. Welcoming out of state jobs as well as projects in british columbia.

I will tell you with total certainty, the balance and uniformity

of the temperature throughout the house has been markedly improved since the rechink. We have 11 temp controlled zones which used to have a 10 degree variation from one zone to the next, that's no longer the case. 

Tim Stultz

Jan 2021

Thank you for your professionalism! You are a dream to work with.

Kraig Koschnick

Feb 2020

I was  amazed at all of the work that went into the caulking in the difficult to reach places up near the roofline (and also in the easy to reach areas).  Thanks for the hard work you all did to give my mom's home many more years of longevity

Mike Sand

Aug 2021

Hi, Alexa!!  Just wanted to let you know that we had a recent guest who is a rep from Sashco. He was very impressed with our cabin and the beautiful work y'all did. We get compliments all the time!!

Marilyn Segeberg

Sept 2021

A Brief history of chinking

If you've ever toyed with Lincoln Logs or built a bonfire using the "log cabin" method, you'll be well versed in the structure of a stacked log home. What some folk may not recognize is that a log structure is not built with logs that fit perfectly together. Rather, the logs sit tight only at the notching points, with room between the log length traditionally referred to as the "chink". Wood expands and contracts regularly with changes in temperature, they can twist, bend, and flex while serving as your beloved structure so this spacing is crucial. But now you've got a ventilated stack and winter winds are starting to creep in. Time for an insulating substance to fill those gaps while allowing your logs to breathe! In the hay day, you'd find homesteaders shoving cloth, chicken wire, home-made mortar, cement, and just about the whole kitchen sink in those gaps, calling it "chinking". While it may have filled the spaces open to the elements, it didn't allow for log flex and wouldn't keep the critters or flies at bay. Thanks to polymer science and hundreds of years of recipes to learn from, you can seal up your home or structure with a substance that'll tick all those boxes! Our modern day chink! 

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