The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
So many people dream about escaping to a private log home in the woods to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and to get some peace and quiet. If you are one of those people, whether you want a vacation home, a writer's retreat, or are moving there permanently, and you have recently purchased that log home you have always been dreamed of, you want to make sure that your log home stays as nice and well-maintained as possible. Get to know some of the maintenance steps that you can and should take to keep your new log home in the best shape possible for as long as possible so that you can put them to use in your new home as soon as possible.
Keep Up With Your Exterior Log Home Staining
In order to help seal your log home from the elements and other forms of damage, you will need to make sure that the exterior of your log home is stained on a fairly regular schedule. Staining seals the wood, providing a moisture barrier and preventing warping, cracking, and other damage to the logs. It can also help to prevent insect infestations and other potentially damaging issues to the exterior of your log home.
Generally speaking, the amount of time that log home staining will last depends upon how dark the stain is that you apply. If you want to be diligent about your log home staining, you will want to re-stain your log home anywhere from every two to every four or five years.
Make Sure You Finish The Logs On The Interior Of Your Home
Many people who own log homes assume that the maintenance of the logs only involves the exterior of their home. However, if you want to prevent major problems and renovations later, you will also need to care for and maintain the interior log surfaces. This includes the process of finishing the interior walls.
Interior log home finishing is a way of sealing and preserving the integrity of the wood in the logs. Even if you want to keep the natural look and feel of the logs in question, finishing will still be necessary. The finishing process is relatively straightforward. You will first need to sand down the surface of the logs to give the clear coat or stain that you choose to properly stick to the walls and to avoid sealing in any dirt or dust that was on the surface of the walls pre-sanding.
If you want to make sure that the color of the natural wood is preserved, you can use a clear coat or a stain that closely matches the color of the natural wood. However, if you are worried about discoloration due to sun exposure through open windows, you will want to opt for a stain. And if your log home is in a high moisture area or you are working with your kitchen or bathroom, you will want a finish that has high moisture protection, like a varnish.
Now that you know a few of the steps that you can and should take to better maintain your log home, you can be sure that you keep your home looking great for as long as possible.