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Log home maintenance does not have to be a headache if you set up a routine maintenance program. Log home owners should consider the maintenance of their log home to be a continual project. Re-applying stains and touching up a little caulking or chinking every couple of years is an absolute necessity for most log home owners. Below you will find some tips for maintaining your log home.

  • Walk around the perimeter of your log home once a year.
  • look to see if you have any new checks that need to be filled with caulking material.
  • Examine any high moisture areas for possible water damage. If rot is present, use a wood restoration product to remedy the situation.
  • Look for any small holes created from wood boring insects.
  • Look to see whether your log stain is faded.
  • Lightly clean your wood before applying more stain material. the idea is to remove any dirt, dust or debris from the surface of your wood. the new stain material will only be as good as the surface that it adheres to.
  • Use a quality log home stain. the better the stain material, the less maintenance your logs will require.
  • Log home stains should last about 3 years on the southern exposure of your log home and 4-5 years on the other sides. the better surface preparation you do, the longer your stain will last.
  • Fill all checks and cracks that are 1/4″ or greater. This will prevent water or bugs from getting in your home.
  • Look for any tears in your chinking. This can happen from poor initial application of chinking or excessive movement of your wood. Fixing the torn chinking can be as easy as re-applying more chinking material to the existing chinking. Most chinking materials ad here to themselves.

Keep a very close eye on your finish on the exterior of your home. Take pictures when the finish is new, so you can remember what it looked like. Look for any slight signs of greying or discoloration, especially on the upper curvature of the logs. This will be where failure typically starts, as the upper curvature of the log can reach temperatures of 170 degrees and up in the warmer months. This part of the log is on a more direct angle with the sun and can get U.V. sunburn quickly, especially if the current finish does not have enough U.V. inhibitors in it. This is the most common area for finish failure to start. As soon as you see these subtle changes beginning, plan on getting a re-stain done soon! What you don’t want to do is wait too long, because then there will be too much wood cell damage to re-stain over it, as you would then be staining over what constitutes unsound wood. If you do that, more than likely your new stain will fail. It is much better and much cheaper to stay on top of the maintenance of your log home.