Keep your dream looking Beautiful!!
Maintaining your Log and Wood Home
You have worked hard to achieve your dream, now it's crucial you take the right steps to make sure this lasts for generations. Similar to an oil change in your car...you can either do small, simple, inexpensive maintenance or you can replace your engine. Choosing high quality products helps ensure you're not doing 2-3 times the maintenance needed. REMEMBER: About 75% of a log/wood project is labour. Using poor quality products or products not designed for logs homes is a bad idea.
Finishing a Log Home Steps
Step 1. Prep
Preparation is the most important part!
The most critical part to any project is the prep that goes into it. It can be tempting to take shortcuts here, but that usually results in regret. There are several different ways to prep a log home depending on the condition of the logs and if we are going over another coating or working with a raw log. Speak with one of our specialists and they will help you determine the best method for your particular project.
Step 2. Preserve
Preserving your Dream
We want your home to last multiple lifetimes. Log homes can easily last hundreds of years if they are properly maintained. Before you get to the staining and sealing, it is important to take this opportunity and apply some preservatives to keep the rot and bugs away. This is a very important, inexpensive and easy step to do, don’t miss it!
Step 3. Stain & Clear
Preserving your Dream
Log and wood homes that are left unprotected will deteriorate and rot. Water, sun, wind and snow must be protected against. A proper maintenance cycle will keep things simple and inexpensive….waiting too long can result in needing to remove the entire coating before staining. Each home gets different exposures and challenges and requires individual attention. Speak with one of our specialists and set your home up for success with a proper schedule.
Step 4. Chink and Seal
Seal it up!
Keeping water, wind and bugs out is incredibly important to the enjoyment and longevity of your log or wood home. Logs go through extreme forces that make keeping joints tight challenging if not impossible. Proper log caulking or chink stretches and moves with the logs while keeping the seal. Be sure not to use silicone or spray foam on a log home and be cautious when choosing a stain to ensure that you will be able to use chinking and caulking on your home.
You will hear us tell you to chink and seal last after you have stained. In most cases this is what should happen as when some of the water runs down the wall from the tooling process, it stains a raw log. This then requires sanding & can be a big job. Stain first & you can wipe it off with a rag instead.