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.
CPR® Log Cleaner and Brightener brings your logs and wood back to life. CPR cleans and brightens bare logs and wood, and restores luster and vibrancy when used for routine log home maintenance. It’s a gentle log and wood home cleaner whose oxygenated bleach formula won’t weaken wood fibers. It effectively kills mold, mildew and fungus, while also removing dirt, dust, pollen and other surface contaminants. Use CPR in conjunction with power washing or media blasting to perfectly prepare wood surfaces before staining, or apply with a pump sprayer and rinse with a hose for routine maintenance..
Use these helpful tools so finish sanding won’t wear you out.Osborn® brushes are the efficient and easy-to-use alternatives to everyday sandpaper. They make quick work of removing wood fuzz (called felting), and are gentle yet effective when used on hand-peeled logs and delicate wood fixtures that require a light touch. Osborn® brushes are also excellent for wood and log homes that must be prepped entirely by hand. Use these helpful tools so finish sanding won’t wear you out. View More Info
Use these helpful tools so finish sanding won’t wear you out.
Sashco’s Buffy Pad system are the efficient and easy-to-use alternatives to everyday sandpaper. They make quick work of removing wood fuzz (called felting), and are gentle yet effective when used on hand-peeled logs and delicate wood fixtures that require a light touch.Use these helpful tools so finish sanding won’t wear you out.
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!
Cobra Rods’ unique combination of copper and boron is potent yet safe.Cobra™ Rods borate wood preservative rods help you prevent wood rot before it starts. They are necessary only in highly exposed logs and timbers that are easily prone to moisture and insect infiltration, both of which can compromise the structural integrity of your log home. Cobra Rods prevent rot and keep wood-ingesting insects from taking up residence... Cobra Rods’ unique combination of copper and boron is potent yet safe. North American utility companies trust Cobra™ Rods to extend the life of their wooden poles. Imagine how your log and timber home will benefit! View More Info
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.
Protect your Stain and LogsYou’ve applied Capture® Log Stain and your log home is now the perfect color – the one you always dreamed of. Now it’s time to apply Cascade® Clear Top Coat to help keep your log home in picture-perfect shape for years to come. Cascade’s sheen brings out the depth and character of the wood grain while minimizing color shifts in the Capture® Log Stain. Its easy-to-apply water-based formula makes routine maintenance simple and headache-free, so you get to spend more time enjoying log your home, not working on it. Stain Calculator & View More Info
The best part is that Transformation Siding and Trim won’t peel.Wood siding can be beautiful, but it usually screams “high maintenance.” Get Transformation Stain® Siding and Trim and give your ears the silence they deserve. Based on a stain formula that was originally created to withstand the extreme requirements of log homes, Transformation Stain® Siding and Trim wood siding stain is no stranger to high performance. It moves and flexes with the wood to maintain a protective coat that remains beautiful over time. The best part is that Transformation Siding and Trim won’t peel, which makes maintenance easy: a light power wash, followed by another coat of stain, and you’re done. Stain Calculator & More Info
Welcome home to Symphony Interior Clear Wood Finish®. It’s music to the eyes.
Enjoy the clean glow of wood with Symphony® interior clear wood finish. The wood of a finely-crafted cello creates a distinguished resonance, just as Symphony® works in harmony with the unique character of your logs and wood to reflect an atmosphere of cozy warmth and elegance. Symphony’s elastic yet scuff-resistant formula means hassle-free cleaning... Eyes can focus on the relaxing ambience, not on gathered dust. Welcome home to Symphony®. It’s music to the eyes.
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.