We visit many log homes throughout the year. One thing you start to notice is the lack of maintenance on most of these homes. This can be disheartening for most customers when they ask for a proposal on maintenance and receive a proposal for the restoration of their log home because the existing finish was beyond maintainable condition. The truth of the matter is that this could have been avoided if proper maintenance was performed consistently.
Sometimes this price is lower and sometimes it can be higher it just depends on how the log home finish and sealants weathered over the past couple of years. Some owners may find themselves needing maintenance every year on select hotspots around the home in order to keep the stain performing to its fullest.
You can learn more here about log home maintenance.
What is Log Home Maintenance?
Log home maintenance is the overall upkeep on a log shell to ensure there is proper protection from damaging UV radiation, water damage, air infiltration, and insect and rodent intrusion. Maintenance also ensures the log cabin looks the way it did the first day it was finished.
One part of maintenance that really helps to extend the life of stains and sealants is a yearly wash of your log home. This removes any surface contaminants such as dust, pollen, bird feces, and insect remains (webs, egg sacs, skeletons, etc.) that will wear the finish prematurely.
Washing the home is also a good time to locate any areas of failed caulking or chinking and provide an overall assessment of the condition of the log home stain to get an idea of what walls or areas need a maintenance coat of stain.
A good way to assess the condition of a log home finish is to wait for the building to dry after being washed. Once dry you must understand what type of log home stain is on your building. If you have an oil-based stain you should be looking at the knots and checks on the walls.