It’s Time to Stain Your Log Home, Again.

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Wood is an organic material and decomposition is inevitable. In order to ensure the longevity of your log home it is imperative that you regularly apply stain to your logs. The consequences of not maintaining this upkeep include water absorption and mold, as well as cracking and peeling. Here is a general explanation of what the process of staining your log home entails:

 

Step 1. Prepping Exterior

To ensure that your stain distribution will adhere evenly throughout the surface of your log home you must first start with a “clean surface.” The best way to achieve this is to first pressure wash the entire exterior followed by thoroughly sanding with an orbital sander all log faces.

 

Step 2. Applying Your First Coat

Whether you are a using pump-up sprayer or an airless sprayer, a second person must follow to back brush the stain into the wood. Most staining instructions recommend that you do not stain in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or exceeding 70 degrees Fahrenheit. High humidity or wet weather conditions will also negatively affect your staining application.

 

Step 3. Sealing

Once your initial coat has been given time to set and dry will you then begin applying your caulk. This should be applied in between stacked logs as well as cracks or anywhere you anticipate moisture infiltrating inside your log home.

 

Step 4. Remaining Coats

While the number of coats required will depend on the type of stain you use, you will most commonly do a second thorough coat of stain over the surface of your log home, with an average drying time of 24 hours in between applications. This is typically followed by a third clear sealant treatment and chinking if desired.

 

Step 5. Reapplication

Touching up or reapplying stain should take place between every 2-5 years depending on external factors that threaten your log home (sun, wind, extreme weather, animals or bugs). Depending on the required maintenance, your reapplication process could range from simple brush applied touch ups to stripping the wood back to a “clean surface” and beginning new.