You are probably well aware of the concerns that log homes maintenance can cause. Many thousands of dollars were spent restoring them to their original glory.
It is the story of how these homes came to be in this condition. Either the homeowners didn’t know how to maintain their logs or neglected to do so. If you are educated and plan, it will take very little time, money, and effort to maintain your log house.
These questions will help you dispel some rumours and get you on your way to a well-maintained log house. Myth: Log home maintenance is a time-consuming task.
Log homes require a lot of maintenance. Log homes don’t need to be difficult to maintain. You can save a lot of time if you plan and design the home correctly. Proper landscaping, large overhangs and porches will help to avoid maintenance nightmares. Log homes are not like conventional homes and will need non-conventional maintenance. However, if you plan and design for this, it is possible to design and plan.
Myth: Log home maintenance can be complicated
Not necessarily. How do you maintain a log house? Cleaning is the most important thing. Clean the wood surface before and after staining. Keep the dust, pollen, and mould from your logs each season. Your log home’s south and west walls are especially vulnerable to the elements. If all this seems tedious, you might hire a service to manage your log home maintenance.
Myth: Mold problems can be found in log homes
Mould problems can affect any surface. Mould will grow faster if there is more moisture. Drippy rooflines, shady trees and a deteriorating backsplash are all contributing factors. The north side of your house will get the most sunlight. It will also stay damper after a rainstorm. If they are kept dry and off the ground, Logs can last a lifetime.
Myth: Log home infestations are common.
Over the past 20 years, the industry has made great strides. The use of borate (a natural mineral that prevents bugs from eating your logs) has helped us avoid the termite problems we had in the past. Carpenter bees are the main problem, but they can also be prevented. Use liquid formulations that contain permethrin, cyfluthrin, and boric acid to stop carpenter bees from ruining your wood. After the bees have left, you can plug holes using steel wool, caulk, and a finishing stain.
Myth: Log home staining is harmful to the environment
The stains from the past have been modified to reduce the harmful effects of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The wrong impression has been made about oil-based stains. Water-diluted petrochemical stains are just as green as wood stains that use modern vegetable oil-based technology. Although oil-based stains require more expertise in formulating than their water-based counterparts to be compliant, they will still be strong, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
Myth: Log stain colours are all the same.
Each stain company uses its formulations and system. They all work hard to provide the best service for their customers at the most affordable price. There are many systems in the log home industry. It is best to learn about all available products and decide what will work for you. You can also ask your log-home producer to recommend stains. Time and cost are all factors that influence the final decision.
Myth: You can get a good stain at your local hardware store.
It is tempting to purchase a stain from a home improvement shop because of its low prices and convenience. However, there may be hidden costs. Log homes need specialized stains. These stains contain additives not found in standard wood stains or sealants. This is to ensure long-term performance. You can find a log home supply shop or browse the Log Home Living directory of companies specializing in staining and other maintenance treatments. You might also ask a local homeowner about their log home stain preferences. A log home stain should be formulated to protect your logs from moisture and contain enough pigment to prevent sunburn. Log home stain can also help you achieve the best look for your home.
Myth: You can live in a dry place and get by with less staining.
The main purpose of a log home stain is to protect the wood from moisture absorption and the sun’s harmful UV rays. You want to protect the wood from drying areas that receive a lot of sunlight. This is possible because of the stain’s pigment. Stain is required to maintain logs in top condition, even if porches or large overhangs are possible.
Myth: Oil-based stain has more benefits than water-based stain.
Oil-based stain can sometimes be thought to be better. If the stain is applied according to manufacturer instructions and a good maintenance program is in place, it is not always true. Any stains may be recommended depending on your location and sun exposure. The colour of the stain may also play a role in choosing the right one. All stains are available in different colours and shades. Oil stain can hold more pigment than its water-based counterpart. It is thicker and often holds more pigment.
Oil and water can’t mix, so if your logs have an oil-based stain, you should stick with an oil-based product. Always verify the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Myth: Log home cracks are a problem.
Cracks, also known as “checks”, are a normal characteristic of logs. They are not to be worried about unless they are located on an exterior log, where rain, snow, and dirt accumulate. To prevent moisture retention, clean well and fill with borate rods. Then, caulk the area. All cracks should be treated with borate and stained before being caulked.