- Sprinklers that are continually wetting your logs.
- Gutters that are leaking
- Spigots that spray logs when hose is in use.
- Shrubs that are planted too close to home.
Wash your logs:
- Wash your logs with a log cleaner and powerwasher. This will brighten logs and bring out their natural beauty again and will also allow you to see any problem areas that need to be resealed or re-stained.
- This will be the first step when preparing logs for staining, and can become part of your annual maintenance program if this is more than you want to take on yourself.
- If your log’s stain is only peeling in a few places, it is possible for you to do a spot touch up. This can be done by the homeowner when and where needed.
- Be sure to clean your logs before applying a new coat of compatible stain. Again, this will be something a professional will be looking for during an inspection.
- When chinking separates from the logs of your home, it is time for repair! There are a wide variety of chinking products available for the confident do-it-yourselfer, but consulting a log home professional may be the most comfortable recommendation for most homeowners.
- If left unattended, the cracks/crevices will become an inviting place for bugs, mold & mildew. It may also be a place for water to seep in causing rot.
- Install gutters, downspouts and generous flashings (where appropriate) to direct moisture away from the wood. Once installed, keeping them clean will prevent damage to the gutters themselves as well as keep water from running down your logs.
Inspecting for Insects:
- Insect damage is often easy for a homeowner to spot himself. If you notice mounds of wood shavings that look like sawdust, you will know there are wood boring/digesting insects at work on your home.
- Use a borate based product to fight insect damage. Borate preserves against wood-ingesting insects and rot. Plus, it is environmentally friendly, safe for people, pets and plants and has no glycols. Borate is EPA registered.
- Be sure to stack firewood away from your home. Do not invite unwanted guests.
- Keep plants a minimum of 18” away from your wood. This goes for mulch and other organic ground cover, which can be a breeding ground for insects.
"A skilled craftsman will be able to help with almost any type of damage your log home may have suffered."
Implementing a scheduled annual maintenance inspection as well as the tips here on our page, will help you protect your log home from all types of damage and potential problems. If damage is pre-existing, calling in a log home professional to assist with repairs or replacement of damaged logs is what will be needed. A skilled craftsman will be able to help with almost any type of damage your log home may have suffered.
Schedule an annual checkup. As log home professionals, we know what problems to look for and where to look for them. Log home inspections are necessary and can save you time as well as money making repairs. This should be thought of as a preventative or “safety” measure. Similar to bringing your car in for maintenance & a checkup.
Besides an annual inspection, we can help with any damage already existing to your home. Unattended problems could lead to serious damage over time. We are here to help with any repair or additions you may need.
- Begin with a knowledgeable plan and let us help you put your log home regimen in place.
- Repair of chinking
- Repair of stain
- Decay protection. Placement of preventative Borate rods, a wood preservative that helps prevent wood rot before it starts & keeps wood-ingesting insects from taking up residence.
- Repair or replacement of damaged logs
- Addition of overhangs. Using large eave overhangs will help protect your home from the elements. A minimum of 24” is good and 36” is even better.
- Addition of covered porches. Adding covered porches will help protect the wood from moisture and sun damage.