Log cabins are beautiful and interesting structures, but they also can be very volatile and can show their age over time. To help your log cabin last as long as possible and stay in fantastic shape, you will need to actively take steps to preserve it. With the right tools and materials, you will be able to keep your log house look amazing and in structurally sound condition for years to come.
Take preventative measures to avoid future damage.
When you first construct or buy your log cabin, you will want to look for weak spots that may be prone to wear and tear in the future. By identifying sections of your cabin that could be exposed to high amounts of water, the wind, or heat, you can take steps to protect them. Water is the most likely to cause rot and decay in your logs, so you will want to ensure that your cabin has an appropriate drainage system to keep your logs dry. You will also want to ensure that the ground around the cabin is clear and that it won’t hold excess moisture, which could cause your foundation to decay.
Regularly touch up the chinking.
No matter how high-tech your chinking is, it is still likely to shift a bit over time, which can cause structural problems. Learn how to apply new sealant if you don’t already, and check the entire home once every year or so for any part of it that needs to be touched up. Ensure that any new log home sealant is given at least a month to cure properly – this means it shouldn’t be touched!
Apply sapstain control products.
It is crucial to use treatment products to your logs to prevent mold and fungi. This is especially important for peeled logs, which is especially susceptible to fungi growth. Sapstain control products should be applied to logs that are off the ground, away from grass or dirt, and have plenty of air circulation to allow the product to fully penetrate the wood.
Beware of bugs.
Insects can cause a surprising amount of damage to your log home. Luckily, there are several ways to prevent common bug-related problems. If you have carpenter ants, make sure to use borate-infused foam panels in your log walls instead of regular ones. If you have beetle holes, fill them up with chinking before other kinds of bugs, such as bees or spiders, build nests in them.