Log Homes, like any home, will require ongoing maintenance.  However, as log home owners, there are specific areas you need to be aware of.

  1. Settling: Logs can settle over time, leading to gaps between logs or uneven settling of the structure. To address this, regularly inspect the logs for gaps and seal them with appropriate caulking or chinking materials. We recommend quality products like Sascho Log Jam.
  2. Moisture Damage: Moisture can penetrate the logs, leading to rot, mold, and mildew. Ensure proper drainage around the foundation, maintain a protective finish on the logs, and promptly repair any leaks or damaged areas. Allowing log rot to go un repaired can quickly lead to a need for more extensive repairs and log replacement.
  3. Insect Infestation: Wood-boring insects like termites, carpenter ants, or beetles can damage log homes. Prevent infestations by applying insect repellents, keeping the area around the home clear of wood debris, and promptly addressing any signs of insect activity.
  4. UV Damage: Sunlight can fade and degrade the finish on log homes over time. Apply a UV-resistant stain or finish to protect the logs from UV damage and maintain their appearance.
  5. Cracking and Checking: Logs can develop cracks and checks as they age, which can compromise the integrity of the structure. Regularly inspect the logs for signs of cracking and apply sealants or fillers to prevent further damage.
  6. Rot and Decay: Moisture and fungal growth can cause rot and decay in log homes, particularly in areas prone to water exposure. Keep gutters clean, ensure proper ventilation, and treat any areas of rot promptly to prevent further deterioration.
  7. Sap Staining: Resin or sap can seep from the logs, causing unsightly stains on the surface. Clean sap stains with a mild detergent or use specialized cleaning products designed for log homes.
  8. Wildlife Damage: Wildlife such as birds, squirrels, or rodents may try to nest in or damage log homes. Install barriers or deterrents to prevent access, such as wire mesh over openings or trimming nearby trees and shrubs.

Regular maintenance, timely repairs, and proactive prevention measures are key to preserving the beauty and integrity of a log home for years to come.  The team at 888 Log Guys offer a home inspection service to help identify areas of concern.  We can be reached here.