If you are proud owner of a log home, preventive home maintenance would be one of the most imperative steps you would certainly like to consider to maintain your home for longer period of time. Let’s have a closer look what are these preventive home maintenance guidelines:
- Have you installed downspouts and gutters properly? If it is not done, install it. This is of course one of the best investment you can consider to preserve your home!
- Is there appropriate flashing established over windows and doors?
- Are the downspouts and gutters in good condition and deplete of debris? Are the downspouts draining out the rain-water sufficiently far away from the home?
- Is the open area around the home set up rightly so water flushes out from the home?
- Be careful there should not be any splash-up or splash-back available around the whole home. (You can get rid of these by having gutters and downspouts)!
- Is there right drainage off of porches and decks, if any?
- Make sure window frame are sloped for correct drainage of water.
- Make sure any herb, bushes or plants have a minimum of 18" away from the logs. This will enable the air to circulate within the home and inhibit mold issues from the plants containing moisture against the wood.
- Check out tree branches are trimmed well away from the home. They can invite the same detrimental issues to the logs as bushes that are too near, and also the scrape of the tree branches rubbing on the finish can cause the damage.
- Inspect all sealing or opening for any failure, or loss of adhesion or wearing.
- The bottom part of logs should be at least 24" off of the ground? If it is not so, you can install Impel Rods in the bottom are to inhibit rot from splash-up and keep checking them every year.
- Check for any signs of mildew and mold.
- Inspect all the exterior logs for cracks on the upper curve of the logs.
- Only seal the cracks that are broad enough and sufficiently deep to get the smallest backer rod into (1/4") and still displays sufficient space to incorporate enough amount of caulk material on the backer rod! Do not seal checks that are smaller than this, as the sealing process will fail anyway, and you will be left with a big mess!
- Ensure that any sprinkler systems are not installed to spray the logs or railings, etc. of the home, if you’re home is made of log.
- Sprinkle a little water onto the stain to test the water resistance capacity of the stain. If much of it is absorbed, it is the right time to start thinking about re-staining.
- Check for any symptoms of insect infestation.
- See for any apparent signs of rot.
- Make sure nothing is close to the home. Wood piles must not be stacked anywhere close to the log home, particularly since these will generally carry insects and other fauna that you do would not like to introduce to your logs!
- Are there any logs bulging beyond the roof-line, like the support beams? If so, consider trimming these back to behind the roof-line, or establish borate rods to inhibit them from excessive moisture.
- Keep a close eye on the exterior of your home. Take snaps when the finish is new, so you can have an idea what it looked like. Look for any small signs of graying or fading on especially the upper curve of the logs. This is the most general part for finish failure to begin. As soon as you see these subtle changes starting, get the re-stain done as soon as possible! You should not wait for too long because by then there will be too much wood cell destroyed to be able to re-stain over it as you would be staining over what is called unsound wood. Even if you do that, your new stain will fail to work! It is much better and much inexpensive to stay on top of the maintenance of your log home.
- At least once or even two times a year, go to all exterior areas of the home and re-seal any areas where gaps have been visible, in addition to around windows and doors and amongst log courses.
- Inspect minutely any dormer areas on your home. These are several problem areas on many log homes. Many a times the logs on the sides of these areas ram to the roof. The rain-water slides along the sides of the dormers and is troublesome right into the ends of the logs. This is a normal area to see discoloration very fast and rot issues occur not too long after that. The best way to control this is to install flashing along the sides of the dormers.
Don’t forget to consider and watch for these signs in your house if you’re the owner of a log house, as, they will help you protect your house for a long time.
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