If you’re a new log home owner, or you’re considering purchasing or building a log home, it’s a good idea to learn ahead of time about typical log home restoration projects. Owning a log home or cabin is a different experience than owning other types of homes. Log homes need different maintenance and restoration.
Typical Log Home Restoration Projects
Just like any other home, your log home needs care and maintenance. You’ll need to clean the gutters to make sure they’re not clogged, and check for roof leaks. In addition to these tasks, the following lists some typical restoration projects your home might need over time:
- Fixing cracks: Logs can crack or check. Chink or caulk between the logs may also crack or separate. Some repairs are simple and can be successfully completed by the homeowner, but others may need a professional’s touch. Unless you’ve owned a log home before, get a professional’s opinion before tackling any repair project!
- Fixing rotten logs: Rot needs to be addressed quickly because it can spread or cause extensive damage if left untreated. The source of the rot must be identified and removed. Then, depending on the extent of the damage, whole or half logs may need to be replaced. This is best left to a professional firm like Edmunds & Company with the tools and experience to do the job right.
- Fixing insect damage: Insects and pests love your log home as much as you do! But to kick out the unwanted guests, you’ve got to identify them properly and treat the problem. Prevention is also important.
- Staining: Choosing the right stain to protect and beautify a log home is important. It’s also important to prepare the wood underneath properly. Blasting may be needed to prepare the surface for a new coat of stain so that it adheres properly and completely.
As you can see, some of these log home restoration projects are similar to what any homeowner has to do. Most homeowners paint their homes and prevent or treat for termites, for example. But log home owners must also think about other issues. If you’re a new log home owner, consider these tasks when choosing your log home, and download our free log home maintenance checklist or check out our information on what to look for when purchasing a log home.
Edmunds & Company’s crew and staff know log homes because we love log homes. We’ve been working on nothing but log homes and buildings since the 1970s. Our crews have the knowledge, skills, experience and specialized equipment to restore and maintain your log home or building. Call us at 715-373-5744 for more information.