Maintaining and Restoring Log Homes: Essential Tips

Owning a log home is a dream for many, but it comes with its own set of responsibilities. Just like any other structure, log homes require regular maintenance and occasional restoration to preserve their beauty and structural integrity. At our log home maintenance company near Grand Rapids, MI, we understand the intricacies involved in caring for these unique properties.

The Importance of Maintenance

Having our roots in the log home and cabin industry has provided us with invaluable insights into proper log home maintenance. Regular upkeep is crucial for preserving the character and beauty of wood while protecting it from decay, rot, and weathering.


Our Maintenance Process

Step 1: Assessment and Inspection -

Before any work begins, our team conducts a thorough assessment of your log home. We examine the condition of the logs, identifying areas of decay, rot, or damage that require attention. This step allows us to develop a tailored maintenance and restoration plan that addresses your home's specific needs.

Step 2: Surface Preparation -

This is the most important step with Media Blasting removing the finish or using the power washer for general cleaning. Depending on the status of your home, we’ll be able to decide which you’ll need.

Step 3: Secondary Preparation

This step focuses on getting rid of the wood felting with an Osborn brush. These brushes quickly remove wood fuzz created by media blasting or power washing. They are especially useful for hand hewn logs, preserving that knife-drawn look.

Step 4: Wood Preservation

An inexpensive option for your log home is Borate. When brushed or sprayed on bare wood, the borate forms a protective layer. This is to prevent rot and wood-ingesting insects. Borate will not affect the color of the wood and is chemically compatible with Sashco stain.

 Cobra Rods prevent wood rot before it starts. These solid rods contain a potent dual biocide of borate and copper, preventing rot from inside or out. Color Fast is an optional task but is a pre-stain base coat to ensure the longevity of your logs color.

Step 5: Staining

Now is time for Sashco’s long lasting stain. To create that exquisite color, whether you choose Transformation or Capture log stain. After staining you are ready for sealing. Which will welcome chinking and caulking, to fill the gaps between logs and keep critters outside.


Preventing Future Damage

Delaying necessary maintenance can lead to more extensive restoration work, involving media blasting, rot replacement, and multiple coats of stain. By staying proactive with maintenance, you can avoid these expensive endeavors and keep overall maintenance costs down.

DIY Log Home Maintenance

If you prefer to tackle maintenance tasks yourself, we offer guidance and high-quality products to aid you in the process. From wood cleaners and brighteners to stains and caulk, we have everything you need to keep your log home in top condition.

Log Railings and More

As both a material supplier and service provider, we offer a wide range of specialty products for log homes, including log railings, posts, and spindles. Our custom twig log railing adds a unique touch to any log home, ensuring both aesthetics and functionality.

Maintaining and restoring a log home is more than just a job for us—it's our passion. Whether you're looking for expert advice or professional services, we're here to help you preserve the beauty and integrity of your log home for years to come.

For inquiries or assistance, reach out to us today. Let's work together to keep your log home looking its best.