Log Home Maintenance & Cabin Care, Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Restoration & Sealing, Staining, Chinking, Caulking, Rot Repair in MD, VA, WV, DE, PA
Over the years, styles of homes exteriors have changed and have progressed to what many people live in now ranging from brick, stucco and dryvit, wood siding, aluminum or vinyl siding, composite or a stone facade. That being the case, nothing compares with the traditional look, feel and warmth of a log cabin or log home. Commonly built with extravagant fireplaces and views from the great room, these grand log homes and cozy cabins have become the essence of many romantic stories, getaways and inspiration. Consequently, maintaining your log home is an important part of protecting your investment.
See Dirt Run!™ Inc. is proud to offer full service log home care, performing maintenance cleaning, washing, stripping, crushed glass blasting, chinking and other services. Our specialty is restoring and maintaining log homes, cabins, cedar sided homes and redwood sided homes. As such, we service homes located in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and other states as well.
Log Home Maintenance & Restoration Services
Our suite of services are custom tailored to the specific needs of your log or cedar sided home. As a matter of fact, we offer everything from chemical stripping, to low pressure washing for a maintenance cleaning, to log home blasting with crushed glass media to remove failed coatings, sealers, stains and even paints. Additionally, we offer professional log home sealing and staining, trim painting and staining, and chinking painting. And of course we also offer deck washing, stripping, repair work, and sealing or staining.
If repair work is needed, we also offer chinking repair, replacement, or installation for both elastomeric chinking and traditional historic mortar chinking. Additionally, services for energy sealing and caulking installation and repair, as well and check filling are available. Please note that if you are concerned about log rot issues on your home we also offer log rot repair, half log replacement and log refacing. To top these off, we offer staining and sealing services, wood trim replacement and more. Lastly, we service both exteriors and interiors of log homes. See Dirt Run!™ is your complete wood restoration and maintenance company!
Log Home Maintenance VS Log Home Restoration
|Like any home, log cabins and homes require care and maintenance. In order for the exteriors appearance and integrity to remain in good condition, this should never be skipped. In fact, if left too long your home could require restoration and a complete refinishing. For this reason, it’s important to make sure that you stick to your maintenance schedule. Moreover, it’s is less expensive to perform regular maintenance on your log home, than it is to skip a few years and risk needing restoration.
Today’s beautiful log home kits are built from many species such as white cedar, western red cedar, hemlock, pines, spruce, oak, cypress, and are moved on-site via truck for construction. The exteriors of these log homes and log cabins require protection from the elements, especially rot and decay due to extended periods of exposure to moisture. This is why log home maintenance is important. Levels exceeding 20% WMC is where rot can begin to set in. Owners of log homes are faced with the challenges of maintaining and restoring the wood as needed. If neglected, this may mean having the home or cabin corn cob or crushed glass blasted, or chemically stripped and pressure washed , depending on the logs condition.
Why Routine Log Home Maintenance is Important
If routine log home maintenance and upkeep are performed on a regular schedule it is better for the logs. Log home maintenance includes lightly washing the logs, applying maintenance coats of the sealer or stain currently installed on the logs, and maintaining the caulking or chinking on the log home to prevent moisture and unwanted weather from entering the interior or becoming trapped in the logs. A borate treatment may also be advised, but may only be applied to bare wood. We service Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Travel outside of these areas will be determined on a per project basis. We’re also experienced Perma-Chink, Sashco, Sikkens, Q8, Woodguard, Cabot, Armstrong Clark, TWP, and Defy applicators.
Log home and log cabin manufacturers recommend that the exterior and interior be inspected at least once a year. Areas around fireplaces, apexes on the roof and eves, corners, doors and windows including dormer style extension windows, sinks, tubs and plumbing, built on decks and stair ways can develop problems from use and settling. Exposure to the elements causes cracking, checking and leaks that need to be sealed early to avoid the exposure to moisture which promotes rot and decay and this is another reason why log home maintenance is so important.
Neglect Can Lead to Log Rot
On areas with evidence of log rot from high moisture content, a borate treatment helps to inhibit further log rot and insect attack. If the rot has progressed far enough into the logs, it may need to have an epoxy curative and filler applied to the effected area before sealing. Applying sealers with pigment (stain) complete the protection necessary for the wood to endure the climate they are exposed to which is usually cold and snowy with long winters and short summers.
The process involved in restoring a log home is very demanding of attention to detail. From the crushed glass blasting or cob blasting or pressure washing phase to the masking and caulking and chinking phase, the borate and epoxy filler phase, or the log defelting, buffing and sealing phase, the end result and duration of the job will depend on how well all of these phases were conducted. The integrity of your logs must be maintained in order to avoid costly replacement. If you are not sure how drafty your home is, and want to avoid problems with water, insect and air intrusion consider having us perform a thermal imaging home energy audit.
If you are in need of specialized log home maintenance care for you log home or log cabin, call See Dirt Run!™ Inc. We can help! To view more beautiful examples of our work as well as video testimonials from some of our clients, visit our photo gallery today! Our clients can attest to our log home maintenance services. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Our Log Home Maintenance & Restoration Service Areas
So you say you are not located in Maryland? We also work out of state offering services in the following areas: Maryland (MD), Virginia (VA), West Virginia (WV), Delaware (DE), Pennsylvania (PA). We will consider traveling to other areas on a project by project basis for log home blasting and other services.
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