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Hi , i am new to this site, currently i am thinking about purchasing my first log home, but i am scared of the maintenance and up keep, can anyone help me out and give me some advice on the maintenance of log homes

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Hi Austin - I've had my log home for 23 years now and the insight I would offer on the maintenance of log homes is that if you start off right, you'll wind up doing minimal maintenance.  Start by designing your home with minimum of 2' overhangs on roof rakes and eves, and a subfloor that is minimum 18"-24" off FINAL GRADE.  This will help keep your base logs and your foundation dry which is key to any type of home.  Porches will keep the weather and sun off log walls helping reduce maintenance and the use of gutter and downspouts will keep water away from the home and foundation.  No matter which exterior finish you plan to use, READ their surface preparation requirements.  All the ones I've read state that you'll need to remove "mill glaze" in order for the product to penetrate properly.  If you properly clean and prepare the wood surface the first time, the product should perform well.  Future maintenance should only include a washing of the log wall before applying the next application of product.  As for the rest of the house, yes someone will need to sweep and clean the porches, wash windows, check gutters, keep the debris off of the roof, clean the chimney (if you have one), etc. just like any other home.  So for your exterior maintenance, design for lower maintenance, properly prepare the wood surfaces before applying a finish, apply the finish as the manufacturer describes and maintain the finish as the manufacturer describes.  Using good quality exterior finishes, ones designed for log homes, will be key as well.  Good luck with you new log home and welcome to Living the Log Home Life.  We LOVE it!

Thanks for the advice.

My experiences with the log company, their preferred builder, the quality of products and services, have all been very disappointing. I would be happy to share more information with you, if desired. My best advice is "buyer beware" and be fully aware of the costs of the ongoing maintenance, especially if poor products are used to begin with. Best regards, Kathryn.

Also a rule of thumb, the the kit is approx only 1/4 the cost of the total project. Of course, taste, quality and market conditions make this variable. Good luck.

Where are you thinking of purchasing a log home?  If you are in Colorado we can help and take the fear out of log home maintenance:

Log Home Finishing

970 368 2308

Also visit our portfolio gallery website with lots of start --> finish log home maintenance projects:

Donald's advice is spot on!  Also, if you're considering building, you may want to look into hiring a builder with log home building experience in the area who can build it onsite vs a log home company & package.  It saved us a great deal of money doing so.  

Yes, you should look for the expert professionals to get the work done.

There are many wood stain roads to go down when you are faced with the question of finishing the exterior of your log home, here's some choices:  

1.  Oil based, penetrating stains (ex. Lovitt's Natural Gold, Messmer's UV plus, Sikkens SRD )

2.  New Technology modified oil stains (Lovitt's Emerald Gold)

3.  Water based, film-forming finishes (Perma-Chink Ultra-7, Sashco transformation)

4.  Oil based film-forming finishes (Sikkens Log and siding-Proluxe, Messmer's timberflex)

5.  Sunlight cured plasticized finishes (One-Time)

6.  Silicate based wood preserver (Lovitt's P-Wood, wood bliss)

It is always best to talk to a professional log home finishing company to get their advice on what product is best for your location, elevation, and budget constraints.  

Best advice:  Get samples of all stains you are considering, apply them to your logs, stand back and pick the one you like the most on your log home!  Done.


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