We often get questions about using mixed materials on our homes. This has been a staple of the log and timber home industry for many years, and while some companies have this technique down to a science, others struggle.
It seems like a simple enough question. Can I use log and timber together with stone and concrete materials? While the answer is almost always “Yes!” there are a few things to consider, and a few more to avoid. Below are some typical examples of what to do, what not to do, and a few methods we have employed over the years.
Concrete or stone must not touch untreated wood products. This can’t be stressed enough. If a log or timber support is to rest on, or be supported by, concrete material, and especially if used on the exterior of the home, you must keep the two materials from touching. There are several products on the market today specifically designed for this purpose. Products like Post Pal, and Timberlinx’s A475 Connector are designed for this purpose. The Timberlinx connector requires an additional standoff, and acts more as an uplift protection, while the Post Pal is more of a traditional connector made of steel plate. You can also make the connectors (Figure 1.).