Cleaning and staining the wood of your log home, deck, or patio is as important as washing your car, your clothes, or your dog. Of course, you want to maintain its beauty, but at the same time, it’s critical to remove dust, dirt, mildew, and other contaminants that can deteriorate the wood and lead to decay. [Read more…]
If you are getting ready to work on a finish stain, finding out how long the stain will last and how often you will have to reapply the stain is important. You can find this and other pertinent information, such as the ideal way to apply the stain and how long to the stain should last, below. [Read more…]
There is something intoxicating about new things — from the smell of brand-new cars to the look of just-built decks. Fortunately, recapturing that magic is well within your DIY ability when it comes to your deck. [Read more…]
There is nothing like the beauty of wood. But all those gorgeous wood patterns and coloration can deteriorate over time with exposure to the elements. Protect your investment and construction by following these wood deck staining tips. [Read more…]
If you own a log home in a dryer state, there is a chance you haven’t given much thought to staining your home. Once it was built, it was probably given a coat of stain, but you had always understood that the stain was to protect the wood against water damage. You aren’t alone. There are many people who don’t stain their homes because it’s simply too dry and never rains.
Unfortunately, rain and moisture aren’t the only things that can damage your log home. The sun’s UV rays can be very damaging to your home, and can cause just as damaging of structural issues. Keeping your log home well maintained means taking care of the whole thing. If you want to keep your home looking great, you will need to protect it against the sun’s harmful rays too. [Read more…]
There are many benefits to living in a log home, from its beauty and warmth to the more simple pleasures like being able to hang a picture without a stud finder. Maybe you really like the idea of living in a log home but are afraid to pull the trigger because of some information you’ve heard. We know there are many misconceptions about log homes, and we hope to set some straight! Read on for five common log home myths: [Read more…]
Getting your log home prepped prior to staining is a big deal but that doesn’t mean the preparation will necessarily be difficult! Carefully scrutinizing your log’s exterior walls is crucial; and using professional products recommended by builders or industry professionals is more important than most realize. For those who choose to select short-cuts and lower-end maintenance products are only cheapening a home that was, presumably, a huge investment—both emotionally and financially. [Read more…]
Applying stain to your log home is crucial, of course! The structural integrity of your home is the focus; and staining and other finishing products will provide a highly-effective shield against the bombardment of natural elements as well as insect infiltration. Logs, being a natural building material, will be subject to decomposition and require preservation and preventative maintenance; and this is where staining and sealing of the logs make their entrance. And depending on the quality of the stain product you choose, exterior stains can perform beautifully for up to five years or more. A good way to check to see if it is a staining year for your home, simply compare your most weathered outside wall to the least-exposed. If you easily see a color difference, then it’s time to re-stain.
Are you contemplating staining your log home on your own? As with any home maintenance project, taking the appropriate steps with the right equipment and materials will ensure a frustration-free endeavor and a beautiful, well-protected residence. If you are a determined do-it-yourselfer then keep reading. [Read more…]
If one were to ask a log-home owner which stain he or she feels is the best, chances are you’ll get an opinion based on that stain’s performance for his particular home based on the wood species, for example, which can alter a stain’s color.
Chances are, also, the log-home owner has tried one, maybe two, types of exterior stains. And if you were to ask a couple dozen home-owners the same question, you just might get a couple dozen different answers. With that being said, the answer to ‘Which exterior stains for log-homes are the most popular?’ should probably be asked of the stain experts, themselves, who certainly know a thing or two about which exterior stains sell the most and can boast of being premium products. [Read more…]
The purchase of a log home, is undoubtedly, a sizeable investment. With that being said, it only stands to reason one would want every part of the log-home to remain as maintenance-free as possible—whether it’s the flooring, the windows, the chinking or even the stain. But, as with any home, there will be upkeep that must be regularly factored in to ensure proper protection from UV radiation, water damage, air infiltration, insect and rodent invasions. [Read more…]