Corn Blasting for Your Log Home

by J on July 26, 2010

If you live in a log home, you probably enjoy the serenity and beauty that a natural wood home brings you. Log home owners, however, do need to be vigilant about maintaining their homes. Over the years a log home may develop problems such as mold, mildew, soft or decaying wood and failed chinking. Happily, these problems can be remediated, and your log cabin will look like new again.

Several methods exist for log home repair, but many of them use harsh chemicals; while they may be acceptable on an industrial site, they’re not so hot for home environments with pets and kids. Corncob blasting is a natural and effective way to prepare your logs for refinishing. It does what it’s designed to do without creating a whole host of new problems for you to deal with.

Dry Method

Basically, corncob blasting is a dry method that uses a mixture of highly compressed air and fine-grade corncob media to remove the existing coatings on logs. They are then ready to be refinished. Corn blasting has some advantages over the chemical alternatives.

One advantage is that corn blasting is a dry method. Some of the other methods involve spraying the logs with a high-pressure spray, which drives the water deep into the logs. You then have to wait for the wet logs to dry before they can be refinished. With corncob blasting, once the procedure is finished, the logs are ready for refinishing right away.

Chemical-free

A second benefit of corncob blasting is that because this is a chemical-free process, you don’t have to worry about restricting your children and pets from the yard for days or weeks due to safety concerns. It’s a much healthier alternative. You can also rest assured that no chemical residue will find its way into your drinking water supply—an even greater concern if you have your own well.

Eco-friendly

Corn blasting is a type of log home maintenance that is easy on your landscaping. You won’t have to worry about any dangerous chemicals harming your flowers, plants, trees and shrubs.

Finally, this process is eco-friendly because corncob grit is a natural fertilizer. It contains nitrogen, which most plants need to survive.

Just as any homeowner has maintenance to keep up with, so do log home owners. If you’re not sure whether your home is in need of maintenance, contact your local log home builder. They will be able to assess your home to see if this family- and eco-friendly method can help keep your log home in tip-top shape.

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