Log Home Maintenance
Introduction | Pressure Washing | Glass Bead Blasting | Staining | Backer Rod | Caulking
Staining: Preserving Your Home
Most people who purchase or build log homes want them to look just like they did when they were first built. Unfortunately, this will not happen without continued maintenance. The amount of maintenance will be directly related to the type of finish applied. Many products out there, even though advertised as made for log homes, sit on the wood and eventually breakdown by peeling and ﬂaking.
As a company, we have found a sensible approach and practical cost effective means of protecting your investment. Unﬁnished logs are subject to weathering (sunlight and rain), and fungi that attack wood surfaces causing mold and mildew. The ﬁnish applied should protect against all these elements to be successful. It must be a penetrating finish that contains a pigment if you want to prevent the wood from graying. Clear ﬁnishes will not prevent graying.
Weathering tests conducted by the Texas Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory show that most wood stains, water repellants and preservatives last only 7-18 months before mildew or weathering begins. Most log home owners report their disappointment in ﬁnishes they have tried. Most indicate that they are reﬁnishing every 1-3 years to maintain the original wood color. That’s no fun!
TWP® 1500 Series is an EPA registered wood preservative which prevents structural damage and wood decay on exterior above ground wood surfaces such as untreated or previously treated fencing, decking, wood siding, log homes and roofing. TWP® 1500 Series resists water absorption that causes warping, cracking and splitting as well as preventing freeze damage in colder climates.
TWP® 1500 Series is a low VOC preservative (VOC compliant in all 50 states!) with special U.V. absorbing pigments that prevent unsightly wood graying, darkening and fading. The selected mildewcides inhibit the growth of mold and mildew which assist in preventing premature discoloration.
TWP® 1500 Series will keep your wood beautiful, fresh and looking new longer. The ease of application and maintenance will allow you to enjoy your investment for years to come.
In all cases, we recommend a 50/50 mix of household bleach and water to wash down and rinse off dirt, mold, glaze and just as importantly, the graying that often occurs. This step should be followed by power washing and thorough rinsing of the entire structure. This will prepare the home for the next step, staining.