Log home stain is essential. Log home stains are specifically designed to protect your wood in the harshest elements. Typically, they are designed to beautify and protect your wood from moisture, harmful uv rays, dis-coloration, cracking, peeling and sometimes mold & mildew. There are two main types of stain products- WATER & OIL based.
Water based products typically coat and seal the surface of your wood while oil based products typically penetrate into your wood. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Oil based products can be easier to apply but most of the time they have a stronger odor associated with them and require solvents for clean-up. Water based stains usually have a very low odor and can be easier to maintain and typically do not darken your log home quite as much through the years.
Both types of products require proper preparation and regularly scheduled maintenance. Finally, it is important to follow the manufacturer's application instructions.
Wood that is left unprotected will quickly deteriorate by cracking, peeling, discoloring and possibly harbor mold and mildew. Choosing the right kind of log home stain for your log-home investment is crucial; and log-home stains are specifically designed to protect wood in even the harshest of environments. Unlike paint, which sits on the surface of the wood, log home staining products actually become absorbed deep into the wood’s pores and fiber; and different types of wood will yield different results with any given stain. The natural color of a wood, as well as the wood’s porousness, can dramatically affect how a log home stain will alter the wood’s original color.
It’s very important to keep in mind that it’s far more difficult to undo a log cabin stain than it is to select the most compatible log cabin stain color and type, from the very beginning. Our professionals, at Mountain Home Building Products, will be happy to sit down with you to discuss which water or oil-based stain selections would work best for your particular project. All stains for log homes are not created equally; and while some log stains are good, there are others that are superior in quality, durability, coverage rate, compatibility with caulk and chinking products, richness of color etc.