The restoration of your log home requires water repellent and protection against the sun’s UV rays. It is essential that a quality product is used to protect your investment. Log Building Maintenance and Restoration uses only the best products when protecting your home. Nature is beautiful – but harsh. The stains we use are specifically designed to protect your home in all weather conditions or elevations. The type of stain we use will be based on a consultation with you to determine your wants and needs and the environment that your home is located in. All stains do not perform the same in any environment so it is important for us to understand the location of the home i.e. northern states, southern states, high humidity, low humidity all play a part in determining the proper stain options.
Other factors include the current stain that is on the home and what your goal is for the final look of your home.
Before using stain, proper cleaning of the logs and wooden surfaces is essential to ensure maximum adhesion of the stains being used. Cleaning removes dust, dirt, pollens, and contaminants that adhere to your home over time. It will also remove loose stain if the home was previously stained.
Based on the stain being applied we will recommend the proper cleaning agents for your home. Some of the cleaning agents we use are “Log Wash” and “CPR” however, depending on the stain on the home and what stain we are applying, this could be different. The cleaning of the home will include a cleaning agent and a light wash so as not to affect the wood fiber.
After the cleaning of the home we will address any chinking or caulking needs that may be required for your home. The caulking that we use is stainable and blends much better if applied before the stain is applied. We also will address carpenter bees or any other wood boring insect at this time.
The stain application typically is a combination of spraying and back brushing the stain so the product reaches maximum penetration. Depending on the product you have chosen this may be anywhere from one to three coats of stain. The product manufacture’s specifications will determine the time needed between coats and the amount of coats necessary.