As the temperature and humidity levels fluctuate, it is normal for wood to expand and contract. This can cause the logs to crack, twist and warp which leads to joints pulling apart, caulking coming loose and sealants failing. These conditions leave your home vulnerable to water infiltration, air infiltration and insect damage so it is crucial to find and address any problems early on.
Do-It-Yourself Log Home Maintenance Checklist
According to the experts at FS Builders, a log home builder and restoration company, you should start by walking around your home and doing a visual inspection to check for any potential problems.
• Observe the logs for any signs of mildew.
• Look for evidence of insects, insect holes, or sawdust on the logs, siding and on the ground.
• Make sure the caulking is still in good condition, paying close attention to corners, trim, log seams, butt joints and vents. You should expect to have some caulking to do as part of your regular maintenance, particularly as the home settles in the first few years after construction.
• Check for gaps around windows and doors and seal them as needed. Some of these gaps can be quite large and require expanding foam.
• Test the sealant to see if you need to re-stain the wood. To do this, simply spray water on the logs: if it beads and runs off, the stain is still in good condition; if it is absorbed, you will need to re-stain.
• If you do need to stain, you will need to prepare the logs by hosing off cobwebs and loose dirt and also scrub away any signs of mold or mildew before starting. Only use a stain recommended by a log home restoration specialist or builder.
The basic fall maintenance check for your log home is fairly straightforward. If you find any problems or potential problems, do make sure you take care of them right away so that there isn’t any deterioration of the wood over the winter. If, at any time, you feel that you don’t have the skills or time required to do these home improvements yourself, or if you just aren’t a DIY type of person, contact a log home building specialist and have them take care of it for you.
Resource: FS Builders
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