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Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • What is Lifeline Ultra-7?

    The most durable exterior stain that Perma-Chink Systems has ever developed, Perma-Chink Lifeline Ultra-7 has emerged, unsurpassed as THE premier long-lasting finish. This one coat, transparent wood finish was developed to make your life easier. Rigid testing using multiple sources of exposure in the harshest of weather conditions (think frigid to sweltering,) across the country proved the superiority of Lifeline Ultra-7, even exceeding tester expectations. Lifeline Ultra-7, with its state-of-the-art resin is unsurpassed when it comes to adhesion to wood. This resin creates a flexible and tough seal without bubbles, gaps or holes forming as in the lower quality finishes.

    It’s water-resistant but similar to Gore-Tex®, allows for trapped moisture to evaporate from your logs. This superior finish will continue to resist damage from UV rays, color fading and loss of adhesion. Maximize the performance of your Lifeline exterior wood finish with Lifeline Advance Clear top Coat, and you’ll save big on maintenance time and expense


  • Welcome to Timeless Woodcare

    Welcome to Timeless Wood Care Products!  Since opening in 1991, we have worked hard to earn the reputation of delivering the very best quality products at great prices and providing outstanding customer service.  Having over two decades in the business of keeping homes in excellent condition, we have mastered the ins and outs that help best serve the needs of our customers while saving them time and money.

    Your project, whether a weekend endeavor or something on a grander scale is important to us. We are here to support you, from start to finish! 98 percent of our inventory is manufactured in the US. Centrally located in Norton Shores, MI, most orders are shipped the same day, assuring you of an expedient delivery.  For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards.  Because your order is important to us, we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

    Our job is to remain on the forefront of the log homes supplies industry, testing and evaluating new products to ensure that you will have the very highest quality products for your home.  Whether you’re starting out new or preserving an existing home, our job is to supply you with the best products available and save you time and money by restoring, preserving and protecting your existing wood.  Why not give us a call today?  We’ll be happy to send you one or several of our informative and easy to understand How-To guides to get you started.  Welcome home!

  • The Thermal Efficiency of Chink Joints

    In today's economy energy efficiency is a subject that most people are aware of including log homeowners and those people contemplating the purchase of a log home. With this in mind we occasionally get asked about the R value of our chinking and/or backing materials since many people assume that they provide some insulation value to the exterior walls. In point of fact neither thePerma-Chink nor the backing material contributes any significant insulation value to a wall. Whatthey do is eliminate outside air infiltration into the home. This has a much greater impact on the overallenergy efficiency of a home than adding a minor amount of insulation to a wall.

    The next question is what can be used in the void between the exterior and interior chink joints toincrease thermal efficiency? Surprisingly the answer for many situations is nothing. Look at Diagram1, it is a cross section of a typical stud bay without any insulation in a stick-built home.

    Diagram 1

    During the winter the outside wall gets cold while the inside wall stays warm. The air next to the insidewall heats up and rises to the top of the bay. This sets up an air circulation flow where the heatfrom inside the home ends up warming the outside wall thus increasing the energy usage within thehome. During the summer the circulation flow is reversed and the hot air next to the outside wall endsup warming the inside wall. The objective of placing insulation between the studs is to eliminate this aircirculation flow. But what is there in insulation that reduces the conductivity of heat from one side to theother? Surprisingly the answer is air. Air is a very poor thermal conductor. The prime objective in mosttypes of insulation is to entrap air in small cavities so that it can't circulate. However the matrix thatholds these small air cavities does conduct heat. Since some insulation matrixes conduct heatbetter than others, it's what differentiates the R value of the various types of insulation likefiberglass, cellulose, styrene foam, etc. But it's the dead air spaces that do the work.

    When we take a look at the cross section of a chink joint, Diagram 2, what do we see between theexterior and interior backing materials -- dead air space. For chink joints less than three inches widetrying to gain thermal efficiency by filling the void between the outer and inner log surfaces is futile andmay even be self-defeating. Perhaps if you have a six inch chink joint and live in Alaska it may beworthwhile to insulate this space since it is large enough and temperature difference between theexterior and interior surfaces great enough to start an air circulation flow pattern. But if you live in amoderate climate zone and have a two to three inch chink joint it's probably not worth the cost and effort.

    Diagram 2

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