Log Home Restoration
Proper preparation of any log home restoration project is the key to completing the job right and achieving a high quality finish that will last for years to come.
Our restoration process includes onsite preparations:
Interior of Log Structures;
●We move everything away from the residence such as planters, patio furniture, BBQ, etc.… and tarp if necessary
●Remove all down spouts, light fixtures, garden hose reels, and anything else that may interfere with the blasting/staining
●Cover all windows and tape cable, satellite lines and boxes as needed
Once preparations are completed the logs are then blasted removing all stain and contaminants. Using this media blasting method causes a slight profile on the wood which makes the stain penetrate deeper for added protection from weathering and mildew.
Blasting log homes takes on average a day and half, to two full days.
Site clean up;
Site clean up once the media blasting is completed involves sucking up spent media into a shop vac and blowing off the residence and perimeter of excess media. If staining is required all remaining clean up will follow staining of residence, if no staining is required then all down spouts and fixtures will be returned to their original locations as well as planters, patio furniture, BBQ’s and any other objects. Our final job will be to clean your windows and do a final walk around with the customer.
Since the media used to blast the logs caused them to profile or become porous we need a stain that is able to penetrate deep but that also provides outstanding weather and UV protection. We will help you to determine the right product and recommend a number of proven, durable stains. All of our stains contain UV inhibitors, are highly water-repellent and come in a wide range of natural, semi-transparent and even solid colours.
We not only help you choose the stain but will do a number of colour samples on your log structure, so you are confident you have chosen the right product before we go ahead.
Site clean up after staining involves peeling tape away from all the areas previously prepped. All debris is removed from the worksite and all downspouts and fixtures will be returned to their original locations as well as planter, patio furniture, BBQ’s and any other objects. Windows will then be cleaned, and a final walk around will be made with both the customer and myself.
Chinking is a flexible sealant that is used to seal the joints of log homes. No matter what type of log property you own, it is important to use chinking, a synthetic mortar, to keep the log joints sealed.
The cost of chinking is usually measured by the lineal foot to be completed, which includes backer fillers and the chinking plus labor and can range from $3 to $5 per lineal foot, depending on the spacing of the logs.
The first step in a proper chinking job is the preparation of the logs first.
If you are doing a complete restoration of your log home, here are the steps to take.
1). Prepare your log home by covering windows and door openings with either 3/8” OSB plywood or heavy tarp fastening to the trim on the frame.
2). Ground cover all around your home with a poly sheet to capture any and all media.
3). Remove all fixtures and hardware.
4). Media blast all exposed logs and wood trim, using eco-friendly media.
5). Blow off all excessive media and debris from your log home, and optional pressure wash your log home.
6). Stain your log home by airless spraying to ensure you impact all areas of your blasted logs.
7). Apply your chinking using a professional who has the experience to make your log home look good, using the right color choice of different colored chinking.