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In this issue read about:

  • Caring for Handrails
  • How to Apply Maintenance Coats
  • How Much Stain Will I Need?
  • How to Pest-Proof Your Home

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In this issue read about:

  • Dynamics of Weathering
  • Is the Clear Topcoat Really Necessary?
  • Log Checks - To Seal or Not to Seal

aug18

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In this issue read about:

  • Which Performs Better - Gloss or Satin?
  • Applying Lifeline Finishes Over Existing Stains
  • Carpenter Ants Infestation
  • Wood Decay

jun18

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In this issue read about:

  • All About Wood Preservatives
  • Carpenter Bees
  • How to Apply Lifeline Exterior Stain

jun18

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In this issue read about:

  • How does Log Home Finish Removal Work?
  • Restore Your Home Step-by-Step
  • Chink Paint vs. Chinking

may18

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In this issue read about:

  • How to Clean Using Wood Renew and Log Wash
  • Spring Inspection
  • Wood Boring Beetles

apr18

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All of our stains and sealants are water-based, and while they are still wet, most clean up quite easily with just soap and water. That’s usually the best method to use for cleaning our wet, uncured products off of windows, gutters, downspouts, and other smooth surfaces, but there are occasions when other clean-up techniques should be used to remove some of our textured sealants from wood surfaces.

topcoatWhen talking about wood stains one question that is frequently put to our customer service representatives is “”Is a topcoat really necessary?” Actually a more accurate question would be, “Is a topcoat worth the extra cost and effort to apply?””

Rather than giving a simple answer we will discuss the benefits of topcoats and let you decide after you read this.

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The profile of the logs has a significant impact on the weathering characteristics of a wall. The effect of sunlight and the weather on round logs is altogether different than on square logs or flat, vertical siding.

ROUND LOGS

sunexposureroundThe top third of a round log is subjected to much more intense weathering than the bottom third. In cold weather climates snow and ice can accumulate on the upper third while the bottom third remains somewhat protected. Upward facing checks that have formed in the top section of the log will funnel rainwater directly into the interior of the log where it can soak into the surrounding wood. But most damaging of all is the angle of the top third of a round log towards the sun. The top third of round logs catches many times more UV light than the bottom third. Besides exposing the wood to more UV exposure, the UV inhibitors in the upper third may become used up, whereas in the lower third they may still be active. Over time this can result in a noticeable difference in color and signs of weathering between the upper and lower sections of the logs. Providing some maintenance to the upper sections of round logs without creating lap marks or color differences can be accomplished, but it may be a bit of a challenge. The key is to do the maintenance before the wood becomes gray due to photo-oxidation.

Every homeowner has found checks in the logs at one time or another. Checks are those longitudinal splits that appear as logs lose their moisture. While you may like or dislike checks, they are a part of the character of wood. Some species of wood are more susceptible to checking than others. This susceptibility comes from the different rate at which wood shrinks in its own geometry. Because wood dries out from the surface, the wood at the surface shrinks faster than the wood further down in the core.

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