Regular upkeep of the wood on your log home is the secret to avoiding large repair bills in the future. Contact a log home restoration Worcester County MA company to get an annual maintenance plan to protect your logs from the elements and insects. Here are three areas for you to check annually to maintain your log home’s beauty and durability.
Examine the Logs
Once a year, examine all the logs on your home. Check for any large cracks that have occurred, which naturally happens as the logs start to age. Any cracks measuring larger than a 1/4-inch wide need to be sealed with an elastic caulk made for log homes. Look for any mildew areas, algae growth or white powdery stains that indicate moisture is getting into the logs. Find the cause of the moisture and have wood putty applied to stop it and prevent future damage.
Check the Stain
In the Fall, have the exterior of your log home cleaned to remove pollen, dirt and debris. This annual cleansing will also reveal any areas where the stain needs to be replaced. Pay particular attention to the southern and western walls as they get the most sun exposure during the year. Look for areas where the water no longer beads on the surface, there is discoloration between the logs or signs of flaking. Any troublesome spots you see can be treated and re-stained.
Look for Insects
Check for signs of insect infestation from borers, beetles, termites and carpenter bees. Look for holes on the log ends, which are the most prone to cracking, making it easier for the insects to get in. Pay special attention if you regularly hear woodpeckers hammering on your walls, as it probably hears bugs inside the log. Have a topical pesticide applied to any areas where you find signs of insects.
Having regular maintenance done on your log home will keep it beautiful and trouble-free for years to come.