As the longest and most stressful Winter season comes to a close, many people are beginning to plan the preparation of their log homes for the wetter season. Unfortunately, the high level of moisture afoot poses a threat to healthy logs, potentially affecting the value of the home.
Perhaps the best first step for homeowners is to assess the state of their log home and the quality of their current protection. Regular inspections by professionals help to address any issues or growing problems with the health of the logs. Experts can identify early signs of rot before they spread, sometimes resulting in the need for costly log replacements. The cost of inspections is marginal compared to the time and resources needed to address advanced rot. Plus, keeping up on regular recommended cleanings helps a log home maintain it’s beauty, all the time.
Spring is often regarded as a time for growth and rebirth. However, not every kind of growth is welcomed. The wet season puts log homes at risk for trapping moisture, and cultivating mold and algae that can damage the logs. It’s important to identify and eliminate these structural hazards with regular cleanings. Though exterior logs require specific cleaning methods that do not affect the integrity and protection of the finish. Because many log homes are different, homeowners should seek advice as to which method suits the specific needs.
Aside from cleaning, a quality exterior finish amplifies the look and extends the life of a log home. Though some lighter mold and algae may be taken care of by some know-how and elbow-grease, a finish protects from multiple, threatening elements. Namely, moisture and UV damage. These finishes repel water and prevent the growth of algae, mold and mildew altogether. Furthermore, the popular addition of “biocides” in wood treatments keep insects from calling precious log homes, their homes. Over time, all of these factors can cause damage to a home. For example, the constant exposure to UV rays can alter the strength and beloved appearance of a home.
Overall, this type of exterior finish upkeep is generally updated every few years, depending on weather circumstances and extremes. But ultimately, each new season requires some necessary attention to maximize the look and life of these delicate homes. After all, with great beauty comes great responsibility.