There is no secret in retaining the beauty of your log home. A little care and maintenance along with the use of quality products designed specifically for log homes will keep your home looking great for generations to come.
CARING FOR YOUR DREAM HOME
The proper application of preservatives, stains and finishes is equally important as the prep work to the wood.
NEW LOG HOMES
STEP 1 - SURFACE PREP
With this in mind we have decided that the ONLY cleaning products approved for use with our finishes are those products supplied or recommended by Perma-Chink Systems, Inc.
- If the wood has not grayed, wash the surface with Log Wash™ solution and a pressure washer no more than seven (7) days prior to staining. Rinse well and allow the wood to dry.
- If you are finishing Western Red Cedar, Redwood, Walnut or Mahogany, use Cedar Wash™, a ready-to-use cleaner, instead of Log Wash for better surface preparation and finish longevity on these specific wood substrates.
- If there are signs of grayed wood, use Wood ReNew according to the label along with a pressure washer. Rinse well and allow wood surface to dry before staining.
- If after washing there are still dark streaks or discolorations, use a solution of Oxcon™ on the entire wall. Rinse well and allow the wood to dry before staining.
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STEP 2 - PRESERVE
Special purpose preservatives to protect against termites, insects, wood rot, mold and mildew.
STEP 3 - STAIN and FINISH
Finishes to protect and bring the beauty of your exterior and interior walls, decks and floors.
STEP 4 - SEAL and CHINK
Flexible sealants for every weather-proofing job around your chinked or chinkless style log home.
MAINTENANCE for EXISTING LOG HOMES
Check for weathering patterns that can include:
- Fading of the finish.
To test your finish or stain, use a spray bottle to mist the logs with water. If the water beads up and runs off like a freshly waxed care, then it’s doing it’s job. If logs soak up water, then you’ll need another application of finish.
- Water staining on exposed log ends.
If you have exposed timbers on the underside of your eaves that extend flush with the overhang or protrude past it, the ends of these logs are susceptible to rot. Treat with Shell-Guard then sand and seal with Log End Seal.
- Water staining on exposed walls.
Check flashing around the windows to ensure that all water is being channeled out and down the exterior walls. Water stains of the logs or drafts around the windows or doors indicate that air and water is infiltrating your home. The right sealant is the solution for this problem.
Log Homes with an Existing Finish That is Still in Good Condition
If a maintenance coat of Lifeline stain or topcoat is going to be applied over an existing Lifeline finish, wash the coating surface with Log Wash solution no more than seven (7) days prior to staining. Rinse well and allow the wood to dry, then apply a fresh coat of stain or finish.
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