Wood is durable and strong, but it’s not invincible. Wood is a natural material and is susceptible to natural forces. Here are some tips to help protect the wood components of your log home.
Sunlight and moisture are the two biggest threats to wood’s beauty, longevity and beauty. These two powerful forces won’t cause significant damage to the logs’ surface, but they can create conditions that allow for more destructive forces to gain a foothold.
How can you preserve the wood of your log home? These are some simple guidelines to follow:
Keep logs dry
It is easy to protect your log home. You can even set up preventive maintenance programs for your log home. Your logs will be easier to recognize when they are in good shape. You must ensure that they are dry and smooth.
Some believe that certain wood species with natural decay resistance can be used to reduce the maintenance required for a log home. The characteristics of a living tree are not necessarily the same as those of a log. Modern preservatives can also neutralize any natural advantages one wood species might have had over another.
The forces of nature will take the strongest wood first, and the one left unprotected is the most vulnerable. Water and the sun are two of the most important forces to be protected. The sun damages the wood’s lignin. Lignin is what holds the wood fibers together. Water can be used to wash out the lignin-bound wood fibers once removed.
Fungi to Watch
Wood that is weakening is more susceptible to fungi. They feed on sugars and starches. If left untreated, fungi can eventually cause the wood to be destroyed. Insects are less dangerous than fungi. The most dangerous are termites and woodboring beetles. These threats can be easily avoided by taking precautions with your logs. Many wood finishes are specifically designed to protect logs.
To ensure maximum protection, they add mildewicides and fungicides and ultraviolet blockers, water repellents, and UV blockers. Breathable wood finishes of high quality will prevent moisture from entering the wood and allow moisture to evaporate within the log. Only use products that are designed to protect log homes. Deck sealer alone is not enough. The deck sealer is not enough.
Log homes can be subject to various conditions that will affect the life expectancy of the finish. A regular, systematic maintenance program is the only way to guarantee permanent protection. It would be best if you started it even before buying your logs. You can protect your logs from the beginning and save money on maintaining them forever.
Design your home so that it can withstand the sun and water. You can achieve this with coatings and caulk. They also eventually fail and must be replaced. Good design lasts a lifetime. You won’t have to compromise the design of your home because you don’t have practical goals. You can even enhance the home’s unique log-style features.
Elevate your logs. Wood that is in direct contact with damp ground quickly rots. The moisture will penetrate the weaker protection for long enough to be retained by splashing mud. You can make the logs look better by setting them on a higher foundation and then facing the block, poured concrete, permanent wood structural material with stonework, or log siding, that replicates the wall logs.
To keep rain, melting snow, and sunlight from reaching walls, extend roof overhangs. Porches protect your home from the wind and sun and add charm to it. Grading and gutters help to move water away from your house. Make sure that the lawn sprinklers do not reach log walls.
Landscapes should not allow shrubs to touch the logs. They can trap water and cause damage. While you may prefer to shade your house with trees, make sure they aren’t too close so that sunlight and breezes can pass through the trees to dry the logs.