Over the past decade here in Northern Indiana, log homes have become increasingly popular for homeowners. People everywhere are undertaking the task of restoring a log home, or even building one that they have always imagined. It’s easy to understand the log home boom and the excitement that surrounds these beautiful homes. Not only are they lovely to look at, but many people also enjoy furnishing their place to achieve a warm rustic living environment. However, maintaining the elegant appearance and healthy logs requires dedicated seasonal attention.
While summertime humidity in Indiana may be almost unbearable for many folks, UV damage represents one of the biggest threats to both the strength and aesthetic of logs. The best preventative measure is applying a wood preservative. These treatments contain sun block to serve as a line of defense against damage and fading due to ultraviolet rays. Additionally, these preservatives repel water, prevent mold and mildew growth, and also keep insects away from the wood. When choosing a preservative, keep in mind that it is best to select one that contains biocides. This will significantly increase the level of protection against harmful growths on the logs. Overall, applying a good stain like Sikkens or Lifeline Ultra 2 grants protection from a number of different threats, which is helpful for regions that have somewhat unpredictable weather.
When it comes time for a new exterior stain, note that it’s also a great opportunity for further protection of the your log home. Generally, a new stain or a maintenance clear coat is recommended every 2-3 years to keep the exterior looking great. A new log home staining or clear coat will help reflect UV rays from the home in addition to creating a second layer of water-repellent protection.
Although every 2-3 year maintenance applications help ensure the safety of the logs, it’s also important to clean your exterior regularly. This is the best way to maintain a great look, and prevent any potential mold and algae growth that may occur between treatments. Exterior cleaning options such as a light pressure washing using Log Wash from Permachink are vital to log home appearance and health, although it’s crucial that this type of cleaning should be researched carefully beforehand, as some types of log homes may be damaged easier that others. When in doubt, be sure to seek a professional inspection to avoid damaging the exterior. Either way, professional inspections are recommended annually. In turn homeowners receive peace of mind that their dream home is healthy, as well as valuable tips to achieve the best look possible. Meanwhile, these popular homes can continue to appreciate in value, as the demand for these unique structures continues to grow.