Frequent Issues With Standard Log Homes


Standard log homes face a variety of external threats that can make it extremely taxing and costly for a homeowner to upkeep. Common issues that should be considered include: sun, wind, ground moisture, humidity, rain or snow, as well as insects and animals. In an attempt to combat these problems, builders and log home forums will offer suggestions ranging from ultra specific landscaping guidelines to the placement of fake owls around your property. Considering these threats before building your dream home could save you a lifetime stress and money in maintenance.


  • Sun

    -UV radiation damage to the wood surface of your log home can become a great host for fungal growth resulting in discoloration and an eventual risk of rotting.

  • Wind

    -While wind in moderation can help regulate moisture absorption, in excessive amounts will actually increase the rate of drying in the wood and chinking of your log home.

  • Ground Moisture

    -Ground moisture threats arise when logs are placed too close to the ground and are subject to rain backsplash or snow pile up. This moisture contact with your log home will result in stain and sealant damage as well as mold and rotting.

  • Humidity, Rain and Snow

    -Wood is an organic material and naturally all moisture that comes in contact with your log home will eventually result in fungus, mold and decomposition. The standard recommendations to put off the inevitable will require you to re-stain and re-seal your log home on a regular basis.

  • Insects

    -Carpenter ants, carpenter bees, beetles and termites are some examples of insects that are naturally programed to burrow in wood for access to food and shelter and can become a threat to your log home.

  • Animals

    -Squirrels and Woodpeckers are just a few examples of animals that can become a threat to your log home. Squirrels are known to damage logs and build nests within the home while woodpeckers are notorious for penetrating holes in logs in search for insects or just to attract mates.