When it comes to the maintenance and long-term care of a log home, one part that owners are often confused about are the log ends. As you go through your log home maintenance checklist, be sure to pay special attention to the log ends. This is where the grain is exposed, creating a natural place for moisture damage, insect infestations, and other damage from natural wear-and-tear.
Log ends are often more exposed to moisture. If eaves or gutters are not properly situated, the log ends can become exposed to runoff. If you have no gutters above log ends, consider installing them. Fix leaky gutters. Cut back trees or bushes that continuously rub against the logs. Move woodpiles away from the log walls and allow a few inches of space to allow for air flow.
When it comes to water damage, the end-grain of wood is particularly vulnerable and can act like tiny straws, drawing excessive moisture into the wood. And once moisture penetrates the logs, insect won’t be far behind. Stress from exposure to the sun’s UV rays is another common problem. Without proper protection, the logs will breakdown, become brittle and need staining, sealing or repairs much more often than the rest of the logs.
If the damage is minimal and caught early, you can tackle the project yourself by standing down the area, then reapplying log stain and clear sealant that provides a durable, water-repellent barrier against the elements.
If damage seems more pervasive, it’s best to consult with a log home restoration specialist. Rot, moisture damage, insect infestations, cracking and other problems that can plague log ends must be dealt with right away. For rot, damage needs to be cut away and the logs repaired. Log sections that match need to be used, and the resulting repair work done carefully so that everything matches. New log sections must then be coasted with special finishes that resist insects, mold, and mildew, but also allow the log to “breathe” — allowing water that gets inside the log to evaporate and escape, while at the same time repelling more moisture from getting in.
If you have any questions about possible damage in the log ends of your log home, please call or email us here at Prolog Restorations. Our log home log repair and replacement specialists will help you decide if you need immediate repairs or just need to keep an eye on them for future maintenance. If you need repairs, we can remove damaged areas or entire logs and replace them with new material that matches the original structure for type of wood, stain, sealers and other finishes to seamlessly blend with the rest of your home. We’re here to help, just call 877-477-6564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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