Log Home Winter Repairs?

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Winter work

Yes! We do winter repairs.

Snow on the ground doesn’t get in the way of all log home repairs.

Winter does slow down the restoration process, but this doesn’t mean all of the restoration services are weather pending. Just to be up front, there are some weather conditions that can not be worked in and we would not subject our employees to work in them.

Rain, Snow, Wind, and Temperatures

Rain has always been an issue but snow can be manageable under the right conditions. Rare high wind conditions like a squall or blizzard can make working conditions impossible. But otherwise, log home repair continues. During the winter months, watch for promotions and schedule a winter restoration that completes in the spring. This means we break up the services of the restoration process.

For example, log rot repair and replacement, media blasting, filling gaps with backer rod or grip strip, interior staining are still services in which our log masters are able to achieve in temperatures below freezing conditions. However, staining, chemical stripping, chinking, and caulking are services that require a steady temperature above 40 degrees, with most favorable conditions around 50 to 90 degrees.

On extremely rare occasions, we have been able to seal an area off with tarps/tents and use heaters to increase the exterior temperatures. This is not common practice.

Services Available During the Winter include:

Log Repair and Replacement

Installing half logs are typically less invasive as they don’t penetrate the full log and work is only done to the exterior. Full log replacement will mean a few hours of cold but if you have a rotted log, you are already dealing with cold. To learn more about log rot, read our article “Types of Log Rot“.

Rotted logs can make for expensive heating bills as they easily transfer the frigged temperature outside into your warm home. You will often recognize a cold rotted log by its perspiration. The log can also get icy hairs like frost in an old freezer. It could even become frozen if the moisture content is high. For more information about this service, click here.

Removing an Old Stain

Removing stain can be completed with media blasting and sanding/grinding in workable temperatures. However, freezing and below zero temperatures definitely make working conditions difficult and in some cases impossible. Generally, we will not subject employees to these extremely cold weather conditions. To learn more about stain removal, click here.

Backer Rod and Grip Strip

Installing backer rod and grip strip between the logs to act as a barrier against the wind is also possible during any weather conditions. However, this is no substitute for chinking and caulking as it still allows wind and temperatures to pass through. Caulking and chinking need optimal temperatures to properly install them against the backer rod and/or grip strip to create an air tight barrier.

Maintenance

Some maintenance work can also be achieved. For instance, a light washing is easy for the home owner to accomplish with a low PH balance soap and brush. Of course, we wouldn’t recommend it during freezing temperatures.

As to what maintenance can be achieved during the winter months, this will depend upon several factors. Ask for details specific to your log home or visit our maintenance service page. Contact us by phone at (844) LMR-2DAY or (844) 567-2329. You may also email us at [email protected].

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