How To Keep Your Log Home Looking New

Posted on: 26 June 2015

A log cabin can be a great way to showcase your unique style. Whether in the mountains or the suburbs, log homes have a warm and cozy feel that many love. As with any other building material, homes made of logs require regular maintenance to continue looking their best. 

Maintenance

While log homes are comparable to homes built with other materials in energy usage and other aspects, they do come with their own set of concerns. The most important part of caring for your log home is caring for the finish of the logs to avoid damage from insects, rodents, water, and UV rays. Neglect of the wood finish may cause it to wear prematurely, exposing the bare wood to these elements.

Washing

Twice a year, wash the exterior of your home with water. This can be done with a pressure washer or by hand. Washing will remove bugs, dust, bird droppings, and any other undesirable contaminants. Once you have given the exterior a good wash, allow it to dry for two to four days. 

Staining

Look for weak spots in the stain of your wood when you again have a dry surface. With oil-based log stains, look for spots that are turning blonde. This is where the stain is wearing off, and you should apply one or two more coats of stain in these areas.

If you have a latex-based wood stain, you should look for areas that are losing their glossiness. Dull areas in the finish will require an additional coat of clear maintenance stain.

Restoration

If you have recently purchased a log home that was not well-maintained, you may need to have the surface restored to get the wood back to its original beauty. While this is more expensive than regular wood care, it can get your home in the right shape for you to regularly care for it. It's also good to know a bit about the process of restoring your log home to motivate you to care for it well.

Cost and Time Investment

Restoration of an average sized log home can run in the price range of $20,000-$40,000. The reason for this high pricing is the amount of labor that goes into a full restoration of your home. 

The outside of the home is first cleaned and allowed to dry.  Then the current stain must be removed and new stain added. New stain is usually applied with two or three coats, with a few days' drying time allowed in between each session. Finally, if caulking needs to be added to joints or chinks in the wood, this also takes three to six days to cure. The full process can take anywhere from three to six weeks. 

Whether your log home was recently restored or is brand new, remember to take good care of the exterior of your log home. This will save you time and money, and keep your home looking fabulous.

For professional restoration help, contact a company such as Joe Pine Builders Inc.

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