Looking for help with this horrible problem, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
My second floor bedroom has a balcony. The logs run through the entire house and go through the exterior wall to outside, where it's holding up the balcony.
One of the end logs I've discovered is rotten, clear up to the cabin wall (outside)
I'm afraid if the rot continues not only will my balcony fall but it may rot all the way in until my second floor may be compromised!
I've contacted the builder that build the cabin and he is at a loss.
Now I am searching the WWW for a solution.
If anyone has gone through this before, I would love to hear from you.
Thank you in advance.
Eek! Those rotted logs are no fun. Thankfully, there are log restoration pros who handle this kind of thing regularly. It's not cheap, but they'll know how to go about it correctly without compromising the structure itself.
From your profile, it looks like you're in VT. Here are a couple names of people near you who would be happy to talk to you:
American Log Home Care - based in Mendon, MA but do work all over the New England region - Dan or Dave Allaire - (508) 478-9606
New England Log home Services - based in Westminster, VT - Bradly Hamilton - (802) 463-4708
Homestead Blasting - based in Hudson, NH - Brian Russell - 978-314-9821
Keep in mind: some of these things may qualify for insurance coverage. You'll need to check with your insurance provider. Log replacement is expensive, but worth it to save the home.
Hope that helps! Good luck with your project.
--- Charis w/ Sashco - 800-767-5656 - email@example.com
Thanks so much, I'll give them a shout!
It’s actually called a cantilevered balcony or deck.. when your log floor joists run past the exterior wall of your log home to create an exterior deck.. and yes if they continue to rot not only will the deck fall away but the interior floor joists could also fail.. there are pictures on my page of log homes I’ve repaired that have this kind of damage....there are several ways to go about repairing this problem... repairing to original is the most expensive and difficult but the best option in my opinion...
You can fix the exterior deck joists to the exterior wall and add posts like in this repair of two second story decks that had rotted away in Yosemite west..ca... or you can replace the affected floor joists at least all the way across to the next load bearing wall to keep it truly cantilevered... but it will require removal and replacement of 1 or 2 log wall courses on the exterior log wall...