Log Home Restoration – When we got the call from the Woodburys, they had concerns about the condition of their 1980s hand-scribed log home on Island Lake. It’s a classic log cabin, nestled on a wooded lot along the lake – a picturesque location for any log home. The downside of this location is that the logs are shaded and exposed to additional moisture from being on a lake. This makes it difficult for the logs to dry out and consequently, they are vulnerable to problems with rot. They were also having issues with powder post beetles who were there feeding on the decayed wood.
The plan for restoring this log home had several steps. First, we replaced several rotten logs, including several crowns (log ends) that had developed rot over the years. Next, we removed the mortar chinking between the exterior log joints. Modern acrylic chinking is superior to older mortar chinking because it is flexible and can create a better seal between the logs. It doesn’t hold moisture against the logs like porous mortar chinking does.
Over the the 40 years of the life of this log home, numerous layers of stain had been applied. We needed to blast off the old finish, which meant removing all the moss that had been growing on the logs. It is not uncommon for log homes of this age to require removing multiple layers of stain in order to start over with fresh stain. A buildup of stain can inhibit the logs’ ability to breathe and can contribute to rot.
Once the finish was removed, we applied a coat of PeneTreat, a borate treatment that acts as a deterrent for future rot. Following that, we applied a quality log home stain to the logs. Finally, the home was re-chinked using Perma-Chink brand chinking.
Log Home Restoration
This is what we refer to as a “full service” job. This level of restoration can bring a log home from a point where it is losing it’s charm to one that looks like a healthy, well-maintained home. Not all homes require this level of restoration, but many do.
If you have questions about what your log home needs in order to keep it in good condition, call Edmunds & Company. 715-373-5744. We can help! Contact us.