As with any home, maintenance is required to protect your investment from the elements, such as wind, sun and rain. Logs exposed to these elements are vulnerable. The best way to properly maintain your log or timber home begins with design choices that minimize log and timber exposure and provide protection from the elements. Consider adding roof overhangs and extending porches and pay special attention to the side of your log home that has the greatest exposure to sun—it needs the most protection.
Log home maintenance is no more difficult than caring for a typical stick-built house; it’s just a different process. Maintain your log and timber home regularly. Basic log and timber maintenance means cleaning your home every 2—3 years. Develop a schedule for recoating logs and timbers based on the manufacturer’s instructions and warranty guidelines as well as the needs of the home’s exterior. All finishes wear with time—especially on the sunny side of your home. Always use the same products used in the first treatment and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
A log and timber home is a unique product. Discuss your maintenance project with us or the manufacturer of the preservatives or sealants you are using—both have the experience to guide you in the right direction.
Barna Log Homes of Pennsylvania offers the full product lines of Sikkens, Timber Pro and Weatherall to finish and maintain your home. Please contact us for delivery lead times and pricing.