Owning a log house comes with many rewards. But it also comes with some responsibility as well. In order for your insulated log cabin to last long-term, there are a few simple steps you need to take to maintain its upkeep all year long.
It’s best to take a slow walk around the exterior of your insulated cabin a couple of times a year and assess the condition of your cabin. Look carefully and critically at areas where water may be an issue, such as around doors and windows, blocked gutters and the end logs on your cabin.
We are going to share some basic tips that can help keep your timber cabin looking its best!
Cleaning your cabin
Mold can be a real issue for insulated log cabins. Rain often splatters onto logs which gives mold a perfect place to colonize. To get rid of unsightly mold all you have to do is make a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent bleach. Put this mixture into a spray bottle and give those mold patches on the logs a healthy soaking. After you have let it set for a while, scrub it down with a brush and spray it clean with a water hose. Remember you should wear gloves and avoid getting the mixture on your clothing because it will cause stains.
Caulking those cracks
Logs will tend to crack and check over time. Over the first year or two as they come into equilibrium with the local humidity and variation over the seasons the logs will swell, contract and check.
While cracking may look bad it does not affect the integrity of the home. To fix cracks all you need is some log approved caulking and a caulking gun. Simply fill up the cracks with the caulking and let it dry before sanding or sealing. By filling in cracks you will prevent water damage and it will help keep bugs out of the wood. Over time this area of log cabin maintenance becomes easier and easier.
Sealing up any airholes
As your insulated log cabin settles it may develop some air holes. These holes can let in the outside air, making it harder to heat and cool your home. While searching for airholes pay close attention to doors and windows as these are the most common areas to have them.
For large gaps around these areas our specialists recommend to use expanding insulating foam sealant. This foam will expand and once dries it will harden and fill up even the smallest holes.
Staining your log cabin
If your cabin home is more than 5 years old, it is probably time to give it another coat of stain.
To check the condition of your stain, spray a bit of water on the logs. If it drips and runs down then the stain is still doing its job.
To renew the stain of your insulated log cabin exterior you need to prepare the wood first.
Make sure that you remove any dirt by washing it down with a water hose. To ensure all the dirt has been removed scrub the wood down with a brush. This will provide a clean surface to work with. We’ve found that water-based stains don’t seem to last as long or stand up to the direct sunlight and harsh weather conditions as the oil-based stains do. In order for your insulated log cabin to look flawless, our experts at Maestro Cabins advice using oil-based stain every 5-7 years.
Cabin maintenance is a routine that most people don’t enjoy but it’s a necessary part of your insulated log cabin ownership. These are just a few of the basic maintenance tips that you can use to help make your cabin a better place to live in.
Remember that keeping up with home projects will allow your home to look its best. For more advice on log cabin maintenance visit www.maestrocabins.co.uk/