Log homes are beautiful no matter whether you live in them full time or use them as a vacation home. Because your log home is a vacation home, you need to take extra steps in caring for it. This is because you will not be close to the home to inspect it on a regular basis. To keep problems from happening, below are three tips to keep your new log home in great condition.
Use a Wood Preservative
One of the most important things you can do to keep your log home in good condition is use a wood preservative. Because it is made of wood, it can rot, and there is always the possibility of insect infestation no matter what climate you live in.
This preservative must be applied to raw logs before the home is built and before the logs are stained. The wood preservative cannot effectively soak into the wood if there is already stain on it. Use a wood preservative that also contains water-soluble borate. This will not affect the color of the wood and is not toxic to people or animals. It protects your log home from insects, such as carpenter ants, powder post beetles, house borers, and termites. Borate is completely odorless and will not cause corrosion on any metal, such as screws, nails, and fasteners.
Keep It Dry
You need to keep the logs as dry as you can to keep them in good condition. You cannot control Mother Nature, but you can control where the water goes when it rains.
Make sure you install long roof overhangs, and if you have any decks, cover them up. Make sure the roof overhang is approximately three to four feet and that it goes all the way around the log home.
The first level of logs should be approximately two to three feet above the ground, and if there is a slope in the yard, make sure it is sloped correctly so the water will flow away from the home instead of toward it. If you use sprinkler systems, move them far enough away so water does not spray on the home.
Stain the Logs
When you are finished building your log home, take time to stain the logs. You can choose a stain that will not change the color of the wood in any way or a stain that will change the color of the wood. The stain will make the logs waterproof, which protects them from damaging moisture.
Staining your wood can also prevent rot, plus staining gives an added protection for keeping out damaging insects. Stain will also protect the logs from sunlight, as over time the sunlight can damage the wood.
Talk to your builder about these log-home repair items and other ways you can keep your log home in great condition.