How to Build a Log Cabin Playhouse

How to Build a Log Cabin PlayhouseIf you have kids, at some point they’ll likely ask you to build them a playhouse. Sure, you could do it the easy way, and tell them to build a fort out of whatever they can find outside. Or, you can go all out and create a gorgeous, log cabin playhouse that will last decades.

If you decide on the latter, keep the following tips in mind when you’re creating a log playhouse. [Read more…]

Spring Cleaning for Your Log Home’s Exterior

7802598530_455acebd24 (1)If you have a log home, you know that there is maintenance and cleaning you have to do every year. Luckily, there are several simple steps you can take to repair and upgrade to combat log decay. Keeping your home in good condition is important and helps you stay comfortable all year long. [Read more…]

How Winter Affected Your Wood Home

23105737299_e047697993Log homes are beautiful, and they take some maintenance to keep them looking great. After a long, hard winter, you’re going to need to ensure that your home is up to par, and didn’t suffer too much damage. There are a number of ways that winter can affect your home, and several ways to fix any problems that arise. [Read more…]

A Guide to Chinking Repair: Removal and Reapplication

With its powerful ability to create water and air barriers, chinking keeps log homes intact and protects them from external issues. Since not all chinking products are created equal, however, choosing an inferior material can demand repair and replacement down the road. Follow this guide to chinking repair, removal, and reapplication, and learn how to perform log home maintenance that lasts. [Read more…]

Chinking Repair: How to Determine the Moisture Content of Wood

Chinking is the glue that holds many log homes together. This material doesn’t always last forever, though, especially when environmental conditions aren’t ideal. Before taking on a significant chinking repair project, it’s important to assess the moisture levels in the raw materials. Learn how, and why, it’s necessary to determine the moisture content of wood prior to applying chinking. [Read more…]

Dealing with Wood Shrinkage in Your Log Home

Wood shrinkage is an unavoidable issue for any log home owner and is not something to be overly worried about. Armed with the right information and fully understanding why your logs are shrinking is the first step to dealing with this issue. You can then take the necessary steps to deal with wood shrinkage and keep your log home properly maintained. [Read more…]

What is Log Home Maintenance?

Owners of log homes know that longevity is the number one concern. Will my home last? What should I do if it begins to degrade? How can I maintain my log home so it looks as good 25 years from now as it did on day one?

Though it has costs associated with it, it’s important to understand the importance of log home maintenance and how it will help keep your home in better condition for years to come. The last thing they would want is for it to deteriorate over the years and fall into disrepair, only to cost even more in repairs.

So what is proper log home maintenance and how can you keep yours in good condition? [Read more…]

How Do I Clean My Logs?

cleaning-log-home-logsThere are generally two scenarios for when you will want to clean the logs of your log home. The first is right after new construction, before you stain them. The second is cleaning the logs after they have already been stained, or if they are aged and untreated—an important part of proper log home maintenance. [Read more…]

What Are Borate Wood Treatments And How Do They Work?

termitesAfter you’ve invested your hard-earned cash into a beautiful new wood project, whether it be a nice outside deck or maybe a new log home, it makes sense to protect it against wood-eating insects. One of the most common and effective methods is to use a borate wood treatment. It is widely used in the construction industry to protect wood, framing, siding, studs and other wood materials. [Read more…]

Three Chinking Myths Busted

When planning the finishing touches on a home or cabin, many people debate with themselves over whether chinking is a necessary option. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about chinking, and we put three of these myths to our boss, Jim McCain, the President of Weatherall. [Read more…]