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These are some simple steps to keep your log home in tip-top shape.

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These steps will make it easy to maintain your log home.

It is a little bit different than traditional brick or vinyl-sided home. It is important to plan it well and follow a maintenance schedule. This will help keep your log walls looking and functioning like new.

It is important to plan it well.

How you use your home will make it easier to maintain. Sits on your land. For drainage, slope the ground away and site your home so that it can withstand the prevailing weather conditions. Keep your foundation 6 inches above grade to prevent pooling water and insects. Experts recommend sloping the ground away from your home before starting your log course. Inorganic materials like stone can provide additional protection and natural beauty.

Deep eaves are a must.

Roof overhangs at least 3ft deep will protect your exterior logs against excessive sun and moisture. Another benefit? This is the perfect excuse to have a wraparound porch.

Gutter guards are recommended.

The mesh cover on your downspouts and gutters will keep leaves and other debris out and allow rainwater to pass through. This will prevent moisture from accumulating under your eaves, saturating exterior logs or leaking into your home.

Use sunblock.

Wood is just like your skin. UV-ray damage. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage logs. The sun’s damaging effects can be mitigated by pigmented stains or products infused with UV fighters.

Give your regular home check-ups.

Take some time to stroll around your home twice a year (spring and autumn are the best). Take a look at upward-facing checks (separation of the wood fibres), which could collect water and cause damage to logs. It would be best to inspect your home for cracks in the sealant or chinking. This could allow water or air to seep into your home. These issues should be addressed immediately. Sealant can be applied or the chinking repaired.

Apply the water test.

Spray your exterior log walls with a water bottle or garden hose. Your sealant will still work if the water beads up. Your sealant has likely failed if the water soaks in and leaves dark patches on the logs. Pay attention to the log ends as they can absorb water at 10 times the rate of horizontal log surfaces.

It would be best if you looked for signs of mildew or mould.

Exterior logs are subject to high moisture levels, so it is important to maintain a clean home. Regular inspections are a good idea to ensure that the log home’s preservatives work properly. Keep your log walls clean to prevent the spread of the fungus.

Keep an eye out for the roof.

Whether you’re looking for cedar shakes or standing-seam steel, ensure that your Roof material is still strong, especially around chimneys and valleys where roof lines meet. If you see signs of bulges, buckling or other breaches, it is time to call in the professionals.

Landscapes should be kept clear of the wood.

Ideally, Mulch and ground cover Keep the log course at least three feet from the ground. A greenery-free perimeter will keep debris, insects, and moisture from reaching the walls. This will help prevent water damage, mould, and insect infestations. Tree canopies should not be placed on your roof to prevent the accumulation of leaves and twigs. Repair any problems quickly if you find them. You can save money by doing a few minor repairs instead of spending a lot of money on a complete overhaul.

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