Spring is a time to prepare. You donate winter clothes, prep the yard and try to get ready for the warmer seasons ahead. If you’re a log home owner, now is the time to focus on log cabin care. Part of routine log home maintenance is understanding how different seasons and weather conditions can affect your home. Follow these steps to get ahead on your log cabin upkeep and enjoy your beautiful home this coming Spring.
Step 1: Inspection
In preparing for Spring your first step is to conduct a thorough inspection of your cabin. After Winter, a log home can show problems on the roof, exterior, and interior of the house. Doors and windows located in corner joints or upper portions of the log are sweet spots for trouble. Make sure to not overlook these areas. The wood’s finish can also be majorly affected by winter weather. Check the exterior for any need of log maintenance and wood rot.
Pro tip: Test the durability of the exterior finish with water. Splash some water over many different areas of the exterior. If the water beads up and rolls, your finish is still doing its job. If the water sinks into the wood then it is time for a new stain job ASAP.
Step 2: Cleaning
Cleaning may seem like an obvious step in preparing your log cabin for Spring, but it should not be taken lightly. In many cases, a simple and thorough cleaning is all the maintenance log cabin homes need. The interior of the cabin can be cleaned with a little bit of elbow grease, hot water and soap.
Step 3: Apply Stain and Sealant
If a new finish is needed after a thorough inspection and cleaning, wait a few days until your log home is completely dry to apply. For the best log cabin preservative make sure to apply a sealant after the stain. While the stain keeps your logs clean, the sealant will help insulate your log home for comfort in all seasons.