Log Home Maintenance and How Often

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Log homes are beautiful, cozy, and unique, but must be regularly maintained to keep them in good condition. Maintenance can vary depending on several factors, such as the climate, the type of wood used, and the stain quality. However, most in the industry agree that log homes need maintenance every 3 to 5 years.

Helpful Log Home Maintenance Guidelines

Here are some guidelines that can help you maintain your log home:

We refinished this deck and picnic table to add to the log home restoration.
  • Check your home regularly for signs of damage, like cracks, gaps, or rot. Your roof, gutters, and downspouts should be free from debris and damage. Log rot is a common problem where decks, drains, and windows touch logs.
  • Clean your log home twice a year. Dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate on the logs over time, causing damage. To clean the logs, use a soft-bristled brush and log wash to remove debris from log cracks and ledges.
  • Use quality log home stains. Staining your log home can aid in protecting it from the elements and preventing rot. Please, do yourself a favor and select a high-quality stain that is designed specifically for log home and area.
  • Seal your logs and between them. To prevent air and water infiltration between log joints, apply caulking for small cracks and use a backer rod or grip strip for significant gaps. Then, apply caulking or chinking. Additionally, use a high-quality sealant on the exterior logs.

Following these tips and performing regular maintenance, you can help ensure your log home remains beautiful and structurally sound for years. Professional evaluation can be achieved by having our team visit your home every 3-5 years. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask! Just email us at [email protected]. You may also cruise our blog page for good log home education.

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