Good log home maintenance is vitally important to keep the structure of your home in tact, and prevents major problems from developing. Sashco encourages you not to neglect or put off this important aspect of owning a log home.
Brighton, CO (Vocus) March 23, 2010
Early summer is the perfect time for a routine maintenance check of the stain on your log home. Sashco provides some easy tips to guide you. Your log home will thank you, you’ll save money, and you can spend the rest of the summer working on your tan – not your home! Good log home maintenance is vitally important to keep the structure of your home in tact, and prevents major problems from developing. Sashco encourages you not to neglect or put off this important aspect of owning a log home.
Professional log home contractor Dave Santee of Top Notch Log Works in Colorado explains why good maintenance is so important, “Almost every structure we visit that is more than seven years old seems to have some sign of decay problems. Even my own home in Rifle has had some decay problems. I wish I had known that I should have filled the upturned cracks (checks) with sealant and flashed them. I also should have applied borates. I didn’t, and now, I will have to replace them this year. If rot is caught and treated early it can be cured and stopped indefinitely. Unfortunately if not identified and treated, log rot will quickly spread in every direction and can infect everything it touches including framing and trim work. There’s opportunity to address the causes of the rot by chinking, filling cracks, flashing, installing gutters, extending eave lines, adding porches, or deck reframing. If these steps are done during construction or as a preventative measures our customers would have saved up to 50 thousand dollars.”
Where to begin?
First, determine if the whole home just needs a refresher coat of stain, spot maintenance (maybe only a couple walls need to be done), or needs more extensive work. To do this: Walk around your home and identify any areas of faded stain or bare wood. Then, download a copy of the Log Home Inspection Guide for even more help determining your next step.
You need a refresher coat: This is necessary when the stain on the home is in good shape overall but showing some fading and wear. (These steps may apply to 1 or 2 walls only, usually the south and west that get the most assault from the sun.)
You need spot maintenance: This is necessary when the stain has faded significantly or eroded off, but only in a few areas (usually the lower courses of logs on the sun-drenched sides and/or on the upper curve of highly exposed logs).
You need more extensive work: More extensive work may be necessary if large areas of significant fading and/or bare wood are present, mold is present, or the log’s overall condition is severely worn. Contact Sashco’s customer service at 1-800-767-5656 for individualized advice on how to handle extensive work and how to get it done right!
Not sure? Call Sashco’s customer service representatives at 1-800-767-5656. They’ll be happy to talk you through more details on what to look for and how to go about keeping your dream home looking beautiful for years to come. Or, do want a contractor to do it for you? Maybe you’ll decide you just want to sip iced tea and watch the work being done. If that’s your plan of action, call Sashco at 1-800-767-5656 or visit the Contractors section of their website for Zero Failures trained contractors. These professional contractors will work with you to get the job done right.
About Sashco Sealants:
Since 1936, Sashco Sealants has been manufacturing high performance caulks and sealants for specific home improvement on traditional built and log homes. Sashco’s log home products includes a complete line of ecologically safe, compatible products for finishing, maintenance, and restoration, including stains, caulking, chinking, borates and cleaning products, as well as finishing equipment.
Contact: Sarah Shaffer, Sashco Log Home Products, sshaffer(at)sashco(dot)com, 303-286-7271