Log cabins are becoming increasingly popular today. That is attributed to a certain charm in them that cannot easily be copied or duplicated by more modern-looking homes. A primary source of this charm is from the wood that makes up the cabin. Wood exudes warmth relaxation, beauty, and even luxury.
But wood, if untreated, can quickly degrade. A log cabin without proper maintenance can rot in no time at all, ruining a perfect dwelling and throwing a huge investment into the wastebasket. But don’t worry, it is easy to avoid this problem with simple maintenance.
1. Using a spray bottle, spray a little bit of water on the logs. The water should form beads and roll off the log. However, if the logs soak the water, it means that the water-resistant coat of wood treatment is gone. Have your logs re-treated at once, most importantly if the wet season is near.
2. Always see to it that the vegetation around your house have not grown too close to the outer walls. Vegetation that grows too close to the structure can direct rainwater onto your logs. The same roots can grow under the cabin and seriously damage its structural integrity. Tall trees whose canopies cover your home block sunlight from coming through, preventing the sun’s heat from drying out the moisture in the area. Ensure that you observe proper landscaping; leave 2 to 3 feet of space between the logs and any shrubbery.
3. Any gaps in the windows and between butt joints of the logs and trim must be re-caulked. Re-caulking prevents wind chills and moisture to seep inside the house. Latex caulk is commonly used, but since it is water-based, you may need to re-caulk more often.
4. Put up gutters. They are a worthwhile investment and will help shield your cabin from water. I Clean your gutters regularly since dead leaves, twigs, and other debris can clog up the channel. Ensure too that the gutters’ sprout is directed away from your house; you don’t want rainwater to be splashing on your walls.
5. Regularly check your HVAC system for leaves or dirt that have collected in the fan, blades, or grill. A blocked HVAC system hampers heating and ventilation efficiency and increases your energy bills.
For more details about maintaining log cabins, visit UK Log Cabins.
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