Chinking is equally the process of filling the narrow gaps between logs with sealant, and the elastic material used to fill those openings. The natural form of a log is irregular, so any gaps between logs need chinking to maintain the components and vermin outside. Space can also be left between placed logs to allow for expansion and contraction due to temperature and moisture changes.
Shiflet Group Architects
In log home construction, the timbers are never placed on top of another. Space for expansion and contraction is always contained, and chinking is a flexible sealant.
LLC, Zook & Clark Architects
The timbers in log construction can be run through a saw to create vertical, horizontal surfaces, such as these milled logs. The chinking is that the infill between the logs.
Teton Heritage Builders
The chinking within this home was employed to round, peeled logs. Chinking needs to be watertight, long lasting and flexible, allowing for the logs’ expansion and motion.
The McKernon Group
Chinking is implemented very much enjoy the caulk used to seal doors, windows and plumbing systems in a traditional home.
Originally chinking materials were whatever was available nearby, such as combinations of moss, clay, oakum, mud, straw, plants and horsehair.
Modern-day structure employs silicone or polyurethane chinking, which can be textured, painted or tinted to enhance its appearance.