"We bought our log cabin four years ago. It was a total wreck from years of neglect - carpenter ants/bees, water damage/staining from leaking roof and skylights, etc. But it was six beautiful acres with a private lake one hour from the city... Before we made the decision to tear the house down and start over, we met Ian and his team.
They literally "camped out" in the house for six weeks and totally stripped/stained and resealed the entire house! Four bedrooms, two full baths, great room, kitchen, hallways and the entire outside- including a wrap around deck- was refurbished and protected. And Ian has stayed in touch every year. He just checked on us and this past summer re-sealed the home’s exterior.
The house is our weekend refuge from our insanely, busy workweek. We are there almost every Friday night. The stress just melts away as we pull onto our road and see the perfect house up on the hill overlooking our lake. It's great to know we have someone like Ian if we have any issues. He's always reachable and does a great job!"
Your log home has gone several years without care. Now you may be seeing the signs of age including discoloration and fading. The best thing to do is a complete an exterior cleaning to remove all the graying, mold, and mildew to see what the wood underneath looks like. Once the home is cleaned you will be able to see if your home needs log repair, log sealing, chinking repair, or even log replacement.
Exterior surfaces of log home are a settling ground for dust, pollen and airborne contaminants that dull surfaces and provide fuel for fungal growth. Cleaning is also needed to perform an adequate inspection of the condition of your exterior finish. Without a thorough cleaning your home may not be in as good repair as you hope.
It is important to clean the exterior of a log home with light low-pressure washing that produces less than 1,500 PSI. A convention 4,000 PSI pressure washing machine could damage your home and uses more power than needed.Careful consideration is needed to avoid damaging the wood fibers or leaking water into your home.
Appropriate chemical cleaners can be used to remove dirt, grime, molds and mildew. Once the cleaners are used the exterior of the home must be completely rinsed to remove any residual chemicals that could cause damage if left. Proper drying time should always be a consideration to ensure moisture is not trapped and to prevent mold and mildew problems. Finally a deep penetrating borate preservative is applied to protect your home from log rot, fungus and insect infestation damage.
To get your log home cleaned correctly contact Performance Log Finishers by either calling 800-781-2551 or email us.