At Matthews Painting, we have seen a huge increase in the popularity of log homes. Once only sparingly used as seasonal homes, log homes have moved well beyond the log cabin days. Today, 85% of log homes are built as primary residences meant to be used year-round. The average size of a log home has increased as well, from 1,500 square feet Professional Log home staining, sealing, and restoration services Kosciusko County and Huntington, Noble, Wabash, and Whitley Counties. ago to 2,400 square feet today. Quite simply, the concept of a log home as a rustic seasonal dwelling has shifted to that of a permanent, luxury dream home.
There are a lot of good reasons for this trend. Log homes have been shown to maintain and appreciate in value more than other construction styles. This is due not only to the high demand, but to their durability and energy efficiency. As they have entered the mainstream, it has become easier to mortgage and insure them. Their value is not simply in resale (people tend to hold onto their log homes, so they sell quickly when coming to market), but in savings and in energy costs due to insulation benefits as well.
Another reason Log Homes are so popular is that they look great. Of course, maintaining their aesthetics takes some special attention, which has become one of Matthews Painting’s specialties. Requirements for the maintenance and upkeep of a log home are unique from other construction styles. It is important to know what you are doing and to use the right cleaning, staining and sealing materials.
There are many options for treating your log home both to protect against damage and maintain an attractive look. Cleaning is important both immediately after construction and for on-going maintenance. Also, there are a range of treatments to protect against mold, mildew, fungi and insects that can threaten your home’s longevity. Of course, moisture is an ever-present threat as are ultraviolet (UV) rays. In addition to the application of wood preservatives, a wide variety of finishes can enhance water-repellence and improve protection against UV rays from the sun. Weathering and other hazards will be inconsistent depending on your home’s exposure and conditions in your particular area, so regular inspections are critical to the upkeep and maintenance of your log home.
This is where Matthews Painting’s expertise comes into play. We specialize in exterior maintenance and treatment of log homes, so I will be updating my blog to elaborate on the things you need to be informed about in every season. Of course, we are always available for a complimentary inspection of your log home. With the proper maintenance and upkeep, your log home will be solid and look great for years to come. Check back here for more useful and detailed information on the proper care of your log home.