Ultraviolet radiation, also known as UV, can cause tanning, sun bleaching, eye damage and even cancer. We know the effects these harmful rays can have on us, but have you ever stopped to think about how they affect your home? The same rays that everyone warns us to be cautious of, can also have a strong damaging effect on our Log Homes.
When these rays illuminate a log surface, they create a chemical reaction with the wood structure that in return decomposes the wood surface and causes the color to start changing. This decomposition of wood is due to cellular damage. If the decomposing wood is not removed, it can cause fungal growth. The fungi will then cause the wood to turn darker and eventually it will start to rot.
Protect your home
In order to protect against UV Rays, Log Cabins should be refinished every 2 to 7 years.
High performing stains and finishes will not only protect the logs from the sun, but will also safeguard them from wind, rain and other strong forces that can damage the home over time.
A wood finish will minimize the amount of UV that hits the wood.
However, not all wood stain is the same. Ask yourself the following questions.
- Do some stains last longer than others?
- Are some stains for interior and some for exterior?
- Are certain wood stains only for Log Homes?
- How much stain do I need for my project?
- What stain is best for my project?
- Once I picked out the stain, what is the best way to apply it to my Log Home?
- How do I prevent streaks from appearing?
Before starting a staining project that could end up costing you a lot of time and money, ask the Log Home experts! With so many products out there, it can get overwhelming. LogMedics will be there to answer all of your questions and concerns. Set up a routine schedule with LogMedics today.