Now that you are the proud owner of a beautiful log home, you want to make sure it stays looking great! You realize that the home cannot be left unprotected. But who should be in charge of the maintenance?
• You might do it yourself. Heck, anyone can swing a paint brush, right?
• Perhaps you’ll hire a local painter. After all, the house is made from wood. Painters understand wood…they should know what to do.
• Finally, you might consider a specialized log home staining crew. This is a crew that works on nothing but log homes with a pipeline of log home maintenance products at hand.
Let’s take a look at all three options.
Stain your own log home
It is not uncommon for someone that builds a new log home to be the first one to stain it. Sometimes finances at the end of construction are tight and staining & painting are good ways to save money. Plus, the equipment needed is readily available.
This equipment includes:
- Power washer or media blaster
- Airless sprayer or pump sprayer
Keep in mind, however, that the job is labor intense. Log homes have rough, rounded surfaces creating more area to be treated. They also have large overhangs and criss cross corners which need protection as well. Finally, there is the step of log washing and surface preparation. A good cleaning can be the most important part to well-done stain job. Have a plan for these tasks and you should be fine.
Hire a local painter
If you hire a local painter, be sure they have a good grasp of the job. Sure they have the equipment to do the work. But surface preparation and the amount of wall area to be cleaned and treated must be carefully considered. Log corners are especially tricky because the end grain of a corner will absorb a great deal more stain than the side grain of the wall logs. This must be allowed for in both materials and labor. Fortunately, with a log home, surface preparation is more about cleaning than it is about scraping. That should save time.
Hire a Log Home Staining Company
A log home staining company will usually do the most thorough job. They know that before you start, you must spend the time to properly prepare the log surfaces. This means removing dirt, pollen or mildew on the logs, as these will prevent the stain from penetrating. A thorough cleaning also prevents any impurities from getting trapped below the coating of stain.
They know from experience that the key to staining a log home is to thoroughly coat the log walls with a high quality, log home stain. And any stain that runs must be back-brush into the walls to encourage further penetration as well as a more uniform coating. Later, a second coating is often applied to provide an outer layer of protection.
A log home staining company will deal with any checking along the surface with a caulking material which is compatible with the stain to be used. This caulking will prevent water from getting deeper into the log where it does not belong.
Working from experience, a log home staining company will provide advice about how to know when it is time to re-stain. They will also point out those areas of the log home that may need special attention due to direct sun exposure or water runoff and splash back. These are important considerations when it comes to the long term health of your home.
Before starting your log home staining project, consider all of your options. Then make an informed decision that is best for you.