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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4 Step Log Home Restoration Process – Restore Your Log Home

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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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Know the R-Value of Wood for Energy Efficient Log Home

Most people are attracted to wood or log home because of the warmth, beauty and cosines it inspires. When you are building a new log home, keep in mind energy efficiency besides durability and natural beauty of wood. Log homes have been around forever, which shows its staying power when constructed properly. Log homes are more environmentally efficient being made of natural and renewable wood. Homes can be built using green methods, as in logs produced locally or using wind or fire-killer timber or log manufactured using smaller wood and insulating material together. Besides the quality of log, insulation along the logs is another factor in making an energy-efficient home, which can be achieved either by building a wall on the inside of the log wall or insulating the roof with methane foam and sod.

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Make Your Log Home Winter Ready

Time to Make Your Log Home Winter Ready

Now that fall has officially arrived, with the trees changing color and the crispness in the air, it may be the perfect time to get your log home prepared for the cold weather ahead. You may be sad to say goodbye to the sunny skies or looking forward to getting your woollies out, either way you only have a month or so to get your home ready for the changing seasons.  Your log home endures weather extremities, temperature changes and regular wear and tear of the changing seasons too. In order to protect your investment and avoid costly repairs later, you must undertake seasonal maintenance. Depending on your climate the fall season may be too late to prepare if it gets cold quickly.  Regardless of where you live, get a jump start by doing a check-up of your roof and logs before the winter cold, with these helpful tips. With the right measures in place, you do not have to worry about what is coming your way.

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