We're in the process of preparing our log home for the first maintenance coat of Sikkens Cetol 1 & 2 3. We've had a few issues with mold/mildew on the exterior of our log home (particularly last year when we received more than 75" rain for the year). Recently, we've seen Concrobium (link provided below) advertised in a DIY magazine. It's advertised to be safe for all surfaces and cleans & prevents mold mildew stains. Before using, we wanted to check with some of the professionals…See More
"We had a few deck rails left. Husband cut them in half long horizontally, bought some dowels and made coat racks out of them. We even used left over stain to coat them. They look great!
I've seen others use left over logs,…"
"Appraisals can be tricky depending on the market you're in and with Log Homes being a 'special' home, if you will, unless you have an appraiser/bank who's familiar with log homes it can be even trickier.
Ours was completed…"
"what product is on your home: Sikkens Cetol 1 & 23 Plus on the home & Sikkens SRD for the floors of our open deck (gets most of our direct sun), covered deck, support posts, and stairs.
how long has it been on…"
"We just noticed a carpenter bee/wasp infestation in our log cabin. We use Sikkens stain - cedar. I do not know if it has any insecticides in it but we will definitely look into it next spring. We do not live in our cabin; it is our…"
"I mixed NBS 30 with my Q8 stain this spring and I LOVED the stain but I not sure on the bee boring issue. It didn't seem to stop the bees but after 4 month I notice considerably less bugs and ants on the exterior. It is rather…"
Our dream began 2006 when we purchased our lot with hopes to complete our home by 2011. We placed our FL home up for sale mid 2009 hoping to sell/move early 2010; given the market, it surprised us all when it sold within 6 weeks! A miracle that can only be explained by GOD!
I just finished viewing your photos. Beautiful place you have there. I'd say that riding motorcycle and living in a log home go perfectly together. What a lovely place to come home to after a long day's ride. Congratulations! We live where there are some pretty rough gravel roads and hills here in Arkansas so we had to sell our bike before we moved here from Minneapolis. Enjoy your new home.
Stay Clean is the mildewcide, not the cleaner, so you had it right the first time. :-) The shelf life of the Stay Clean will be as long as the shelf life of your maintenance coat. With most products, that's around 2 years. If you plan on using all 5 of those gallons before shelf life is up, then go ahead and get the Stay Clean for it, as well. But if some of those 5 gallons will end up sitting around for several years (to the point it goes past shelf life), I'd hold off.
Hi, Terry & Shelley. Thanks for the comment on my page.
You've pretty much already tested - you can wipe away the black spots but they return. You have some surface mold and mildew on there. Easy-ish fix: 1) clean with a sodium percarbonate cleaner (oxygenated bleach) to kill the existing mold and mildew. Apply the cleaner then rinse thoroughly 2) Allow to dry. 3) Apply the clear coat (is that 1 or 23? I forgot...) but this time, boost it with a mildewcide. We like Stay Clean I/E. It will help control surface mold and mildew and it's pretty inexpensive - $30 for the amount needed for a 5-gal. bucket. You can get smaller amounts for 1-gal. buckets, too.
Keep an eye out on other high-risk areas for the same thing (north side, anywhere that doesn't get sun). If you see it there, treat the same way & you should be in good shape.
One other recommendation: get a hold of a moisture meter. Be sure your wood is below 19% moisture content before doing any of this work. Putting another coat on may trap some of the moisture and cause mold/mildew growth under the stain, which is much harder to fix. My guess is that ceiling just doesn't get a whole lot of sun which is what is causing this issue. Nonetheless, a moisture meter is a tool every log home owner should have around for routine maintenance. You can get them for a pretty good price online. You don't need anything fancy (like those digital moisture meters that run in the hundreds of dollars!). A simple $30-60 model will do.
Hope that helps! Beautiful home, by the way. I always enjoy watchin the slide shows you homeowners have up. :-)
Shelley, thanks for the info on the copper caps - we have done some searching on the internet but will check out Lowes!
We are in Lexington SC, about 10 miles from Harbison. Our log home is about 18 miles west of Murphy, NC - we are anxiously awaiting the time we can move there permanently which will probably be next year.
Enjoyed looking at your pics, dogs are beautiful too!
Love the new pictures Shelley...sure do miss "home" and all my great neighbors. I'll be up for a long weekend. Aug. 19-22, then we'll both be up for the third week in Oct. for "color"! Can't wait to see you guys!
Hi Terry and Shelley: yes, it seems I have to "approve" comments, so it just takes some time. Sorry about that... one bad apple spoiled the bunch, so now I have to approve each and every post. What a bother! I'm not always in front of my email so it just takes me a while to get these approved so they will post. Anyway, I appreciate your concern about our financing woes. I do agree with you... I figure God always has a plan, so sometimes these things are out of our control, but He knows what's best! We almost bought a parcel of land and it turned out to be right next door to a cement factory and all the groundwater was polluted. The closing blew up at the last minute... good thing! We live about 6 hours away from you guys but would LOVE to see the house somtime! Keep in touch... Rose
Not sure why the comment didn't post! Sorry about that. I agree with you on your last comment, tho... Goldens do seem to be popular "Log Dogs", don't they? There's just something about gentle Goldens and the peace and quiet of a log home -- they just go together, don't they?