Log and cedar homes have a timeless charm and rustic appeal. If you’re a homeowner fortunate enough to have such a beautiful dwelling, you might be wondering how you can enhance its aesthetic without breaking the bank. The good news is that there are several do-it-yourself (DIY) projects you can undertake to spruce up your log or cedar home. In this article, we present a collection of budget-friendly DIY projects that will help you add character and functionality to your home. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and bring out the craftsman in you!
Sealants are water resistant and prevent water and air infiltration through pronounced cracks called checks in logs, timbers and wood siding. Caulking is an obvious solution to this problem, but caulking does not work because of limits in adhesion and weather-ability.
Log Home Caulking
Log home caulking is a highly elastic sealant material that has little or no surface texture and is mainly used in smaller log joints. It is best to apply a log home stain that is compatible with the log caulking first because it will act as a primer for your log home caulking and will normally improve the overall adhesion of the log caulking material. Additionally, it makes the clean up process for the log home caulking material much easier. Finally, if your log caulking is properly installed, there should be very little maintenance work down the road.
Chinking is an elastic sealant material that has a coarse surface which is designed to look like old-fashioned mortar and is typically used on larger log home joints. Chinking can be used for aesthetic purposes or it can be used to keep the elements on the outside of your log home. It is best to apply a stain that is compatible with the chinking first because it will act as a primer for the chinking and will normally improve the overall adhesion of the log home chinking material. Additionally, it makes the clean up process for the chinking material much easier. Finally, if your log home chinking is properly installed, there should be very little if any maintenance work.
Natural wood homes that have been improperly protected or maintained are susceptible to a host of potential problems. Aged and weathered wood, mold and mildew and dry-rot are some of the problems that threaten your most valuable asset. We offer a line of products to remove dust, dirt, pollen and pollution and treat wood surfaces. Even the most neglected home can be restored to beautiful, like-new appearance.
Stains & Finishes
Log home stains are designed to keep your new or existing cabin looking beautiful no matter the climate or weather conditions. There are two main types of stains. The first is water based and the second is oil based. Water based stains typically have very little odor and are nice because clean up is with soap and water. Oil based stains can be a little more user friendly but do require solvents for clean up. All log home stains perform better if the right amount of surface preparation is done prior to the stain application.
Stain additives are a great way to add extra protection against mold, mildew, flying insects or carpenter bees.
Tools & Supplies
Tools and supplies used with preparing surfaces and applying restoration product
Backer rod is a closed-cell material which promotes sealant adhesion while it controls the depth of the sealant materials.
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