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Log Home Maintenance

  1. Staining Options for Your Log Home, part 2

    Interior Motives Opportunities for color abound inside log homes. For decorating flexibility, you may want to stick with something neutral for your primary log walls. But consider adding an accent color to highlight certain design details. Show off your lofty ceilings by staining the upright supports moss green. Make a statement in the kitchen by […]

  2. Maintain It – Tight Seal

    Spend a night in a log home and you know: It’s one snug piece of architecture. Indeed, sealants—applied between log courses and around openings such as windows and doors—are your protection against four seasons of weather. Sealants vary in their ease of application, cost, durability and aesthetic appeal. Log home producers typically recommend one or […]

  3. The Finishing Touch

    Just like the perfect birthday cake, your home’s timbers need the right icing. Stains, oils and clear finishes are the sugar and sprinkles that give wood interiors their picture-perfect appearance. "Stains and other finishes help preserve the warmth of natural wood," explains Carl Minchew, director of product development at Benjamin Moore & Co. "Wood connects […]

  4. The Preserve Curve

    In a classic fish-out-of-water tale, someone (that would be me) thought it would be a great idea to send me, a desk jockey with only theoretical knowledge of log home maintenance, to a workshop on the subject. Dubbed "Zero Failures," the workshop is run by the folks at Sashco Inc. at their headquarters in Brighton, […]

  5. Deck Maintainence

    Decks form the transition between indoor and outdoor log home living. Wooden deck components exposed to extreme sun, rain or cold are especially vulnerable to weathering and decay. Regular inspection and some basic maintenance will help you get the most out of your deck and can prevent costly repair bills. Problem Area: Look for areas […]

  6. The Spring Checkup

    Spring is the season of renewal: trees, flowers and buzzing insects all shake off winter’s chill and the world feels reborn. For the average homeowner, though, spring also brings a bit of work. It’s the season of squinting skeptically at that newly discolored board on the deck, or clambering up a ladder to check the […]

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    Interior Maintenance | Tips for Maintaining Your Log Home

    You know all about keeping those gorgeous logs looking good on the outside. But what about the inside of your home? It turns out that the old saw about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure rings true. With thoughtful design, many potential maintenance challenges can be avoided; beyond that, ongoing maintenance […]

  8. Baby, it’s cold outside

  9. Chinking Myths: Unsealed

    The gaps about this log home sealant are filled in by three professionals from across the nation.

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    Wood Care and Maintenance | Log Home Maintenance Information

    Your logs need to stand up to rain, snow, sun, wind and insects. Regular maintenance is the key, and establishing a routine is the best way to ensure you stay on top of your home’s maintenance needs. Maintenance projects can be difficult to perform and even more difficult to understand. So how do you protect […]

  11. 15 Things to Look For When Buying an Older Home

    If you’re buying an older log home, the home inspection typically required by your lender usually will help identify potential trouble spots before you sign on the dotted line. But not all home inspectors are familiar with the idiosyncrasies of a log home; sometimes they miss structural defects, and sometimes they become overly alarmed by […]

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    Best Facade Forward

    The face of your log home should make a great first impression as well as protect your family’s log home from the elements.

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    Log Home Cleaning Tips

    Let’s face it: Nobody likes to clean. And if your log home is your vacation home, this fact rings especially true. However, a home’s dust, dirt and debris can be more than just a nuisance: it can make you sick. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates pollution inside the home may be two to […]

  14. DIY Fall Fixup Projects

    Winter will be here before you know it. And you’ve got a lot of work to do to get your house, and surrounding property, ready. Some fall fixup jobs require expertise only a professional has. Others you can do yourself. For those do-it-yourselfers out there, we’ve come up with simple projects you can do on […]

  15. Logs 101

    Everything you need to know to choose the right logs for your home

  16. Log Maintenance Tips

    Wood Care Ten tips for healthy logs by: editorial staff 1. Research. Learn about the unique characteristics of wood and how climate and environment will affect your logs. 2. Start off clean. Make sure you are working with a clean surface by removing any finishes that are currently on your logs. 3. Inspect regularly. […]

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