How to Maintain Your Log Home

Maintain Your Log Home Investment

It’s important to maintain your log home. It’s likely your biggest investment, so you need to protect it.
Let’s talk about what to maintain, when and how things need to be done.

Exterior Stain Protection

  • You spent a considerable sum of money on your dream home. So, don’t skimp on one of the most important areas — the exterior!
  • You can choose from numerous products on the market to protect the exterior of your home. But choose wisely. The top end of the product range will give you 3-5 years before you have to reapply a maintenance coat, depending on where you build and the weather exposure. However the least expensive product will cost you more in the end as you will be reapplying stain every couple of years.
  • Remember also that the stain is designed to protect against Ultra Violet (UV). Therefore, the lighter the color you choose, the less UV protection, and the more frequently you will reapply.

When to Reapply Stain

  • Why do it? UV rays are woods worst enemy. As stain ages it breaks down letting in the UV rays that penetrate and attack wood fibre and inviting water damage.
  • If your stain is intact it will help counter those effects. Fresh stain not only looks good but it is a relatively inexpensive way of protecting your investment.
  • The simple answer is to use a garden hose ( not a power washer) and hose down your logs 2 or 3 times a summer, this keeps them clean and relatively dust free, dust attracts the UV rays which in turn breaks down the stain. . When the water is applied if the droplets bead up much like polish on a car the ‘All is well’. If the water runs off then you know it is time to reapply your stain!

What to Do about Cracks in the Exterior Walls

  • If cracks are on the underside of the rounded profile of the log, you don’t need to do much from a maintenance standpoint. But you may wish to fill those for cosmetics.
  • If, however, they are on the upper side of the log, you’ll need to fill the cracks to stop water and dust infiltration.
  • Run a bead of ‘Log Builder’ (made by Sashco) into the crack to seal it from the elements. If the crack is really big, put in a strip of ‘Backer Rod’ (a round foam strip that you can find in most hardware stores) to take up most of the space, and then apply the log builder.
  • Here are a few product suggestions:
    • Sikkens Oil Based
    • Permachink Water Based
    • Sashco Water Based

By following these simple steps you will keep your home looking beautiful for years to come.

Contact us for more tips on the best ways to maintain your log home investment.