When choosing a stain for your home, quality definitely makes a big difference. All stains are not made alike. The right stain will make your logs look good AND allow them to breathe while still offering the best possible protection against aging and the elements.
At Prolog Construction & Restoration we offer non-toxic, environmentally safe options for staining and sealing so that you don’t have to worry about exposure for your family, while still enjoying the peace of mind from knowing your log home enjoys the best of both worlds, looking great while also being protected from the elements.
The main reason people choose to use stain is aesthetic, but there is a hidden benefit as well. It gives the wood long-lasting, beautiful color while protecting it from UV damage that causes wood to turn gray as well as damage that can occur from water, insects, mildew and mold.
Choosing stain over paint is one of the best things you can do for your log home. Remember that log homes need to breathe. If a house painter suggests using paint or a budget brand of generic stain for your log home, stop and consult with a professional log home stain and sealing expert before making a decision. When traditional house paints are applied to log homes, they can damage the logs. Not only does it look unattractive as the paint peels, flakes and cracks, but it requires costly and time-consuming blasting to remove before you can properly stain the logs. Repainting isn’t a good option either, as paint layers that build up over the years will seal in moisture and cause the logs to rot.
You should always use stains that are intended for log homes. The right stain applied to a log home makes your logs look good and allows them to breathe while still offering protection against the elements. (You can read more about paint vs. stain for log homes HERE).
Before you decide what type of stain to use, don’t forget that no matter which type you choose, if the surface of the logs isn’t prepared properly, you’re wasting your money. Nothing is more important than proper surface preparation of the logs before applying stain. If the surface of the logs have not been prepped correctly the stains won’t perform as they are supposed to. This is why it is important to invest in the services of a professional log home expert for projects like these. They have the knowledge and expertise to prep, choose the right stain, and make sure your home is both beautiful and protected.
If you are considering staining for your log home, cabin or place of business, please take a few moments to give us a call at 877-477-6564 for a free consultation about what the best move is for the health, beauty and longevity of your home. We’ve specialized in log home staining, repairs and restoration for over 30 years and have the knowledge, equipment and experience to help you make sure your home stays healthy and looks great!