5 Different Ways Of Protecting Your Log Cabin From The Elements

A natural log cabin gives you unbounded freedom and you can enjoy a rustic experience. Log cabins are all about bringing the feel of the ‘outdoors’ in your home through natural light, spectacular views and use of wood.  But while enhancing this rustic feel of your log home, it is equally important to weatherproof your log cabin against wind, cold air and moisture. The best insulated log homes may still have gaps that let in these wind, cold air or moisture. The cracks do not have to be big for drafts and big heating bills. Protecting and maintaining the logs is an easy job, but it is often neglected, which can be detrimental to the condition of your property from log rot, mold or decay. There are simple steps to check for any trouble areas that may have developed so you can weatherproof your log home and ensure it stands beautiful for years to come. Continue reading

Demystifying Common Misconceptions About Log Cabins

Building your own log cabin or purchasing one can be quite a challenge to undertake in itself but with myths about log cabins aplenty, it can seem even more arduous. While buyers should consider the potential pitfalls of their purchase, it would be wise to sift the truth from the lies. These myths usually come from misinformed sources and more often from people who have never owned or a rented a log cabin. This article will try and put to bed a few common myths surrounding log cabins. Continue reading

Designing Ceilings For Log Homes

Log cabin interiors should exude a sense of luxury and a state-of-the-art finish ceiling can help it do just that.  A unique and original ceiling design can give your living room or the dining area, the kitchen or the bedroom an individual character to impress one and all. The ceiling is unfortunately a sad afterthought in most log homes because most people think it does not require much attention. But ceilings massively influence the look and feel of a room. Wood ceilings may seem like a foregone conclusion in a log home but even drywall or plaster ceilings can dramatize the space in your home. Your ceilings have a big impact on your log home interiors, so do focus on the types of ceilings you can opt for. Your log home can really stand out with beautiful cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, or gorgeous wooden board details. When designing your custom log home, make the most of the ceilings to add charm to your space. Read further to know about the types of ceilings that work best with your log home’s design.  Continue reading

5 Essential Log Home Maintenance Tasks For The Fall

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As the crisp air announces the start of fall, it is the perfect time to make sure your log home stands solid and is all primed up and ready for winter. We at Performance Log Homes have put together a quick and helpful routine maintenance guide to walk you through the different steps of preparing your beautiful log home for the assault of winter. The harsh hot weather of summer and rain water inevitably does damage to your log home like faded stain, moisture infiltration, pest issues, failed caulking and weather stripping.  The seals and log coatings wear down from constant use so you need to take some time out now to take care of all the essential maintenance needed.

Here is what you need to do to keep the cold air out of your log home during winter and maintain your log home in the best condition. If you are not a keen DIY’er then consider getting professional help for log home maintenance and repair around the house.   Continue reading

How To Manage Settling Problems In Log Homes

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Settling from wood shrinkage is a natural characteristic that you should be prepared for in a log building. In fact, anticipating it and building for it during construction can help homeowners or builders tackle it well. Most wood shrinkage and settlement around doors, windows and vertical posts cause energy efficiency problems and take up time and expense in maintenance. There is cause for concern about construction quality rather than structural integrity with settling.

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Difference Between Air Dried and Kiln Dried Logs

Irrespective of the wood species you select to build your log home with, it starts with a freshly cut tree that contain high moisture content. Freshly sawn ‘Green’ logs look and feel wet. For wood to be ready to be used, it needs time to dry out so that it is stable in size and grade. As a natural process wood shrinks when the moisture content lowers. Hardwood can either be “Air Dried,” “Kiln Dried,” or “Green.” It is common practice to either air dry or use kiln drying in order to get the wood ready for use in the marketplace.

Read on to learn about both the processes of Air Drying and Kiln Drying.

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Log Home Deck Design – 12 Things to Think About Before You Build

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All log homes need a deck or porch as a standout feature of their home to define what lies within. With summer about to arrive, everyone is ready to soak up the warm weather and enjoy the outdoors. Nothing is better than a log home deck to add value to your property and also allow you and your family to make use of it frequently to get the most of the great outdoors. Before you start digging, you have to plan and design your deck to go well with your log home.

Here are some tips to keep in mind before building your dream deck for your log home:

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Features You Should Look For in Your Log Wood

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Log home owners are most drawn to the unique and natural characteristics of logs. Log structures are appealing to the eye, touch and also their innate strength. The most important question that comes to people contemplating investing in a log home is the kind of wood that is best suited for log home construction. There are many wood species, each with distinctly different characteristics. The species of wood best suited for your log home construction will depend on a number of factors, such as building style & design, geographic location, and project needs.

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Interior Maintenance of Your Log Home

Wood can look good even as it gets older, with adequate care and proper maintenance. Log home owners take pride in maintaining the natural look and shine of the logs on the outside. But many tend to forget that the inside of the home needs to be kept clean, secure and properly insulated to prevent wood from rotting or damaging. A little bit of regular preventive maintenance on your interior log home walls can save you major repair headaches in the future.

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Log Home Restoration Process – Give Your Log Home A Make Over

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Many log homes lose their sheen early due to lack of proper maintenance. But log home owners need not panic! Log home structures can go from looking worn-down and past their prime to beautiful and glorious, with a little restoration effort, involving four steps-

  1. Log Home Surface Preparation
  2. Log Home Preservation
  3. Log Home Staining
  4. Log Home Sealing

These four basic steps can help give your log home a cosmetic makeover and also protect it structurally. All the steps are equally important and if any are missed out, it could lead to multiple issues cropping up in your log home later such as – air/water infiltration, dust problem, mold and mildew growth, UV breakdown of wood and insect or rodent damage.

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