But don’t let that cloud your mind about making sure your log home is ready for the season!!
Taking a walk around your home and conducting a quick “check up” of your logs and roof, will ensure you have a peaceful winter knowing your log home is ready.
The roof is a good place to start your inspection.
Check for any missing shingles, or any shingles that might be curling or buckling. These are some of the issues that would need to be addressed by a professional.
Check all the locations where flashing is present to ensure a watertight seal. Checking dormers, chimneys, pipes, and bathroom vents. Reseal if necessary.
It is a good practice to clean your gutters and downspouts twice a year. Having clean gutters not only allow proper drainage, but also allow for easier inspections. Make sure to use a safe and sturdy ladder. Make sure to remove any large debris (sticks, leaves, etc.) from your gutters. Next, flush out the gutters with a hose. Identify low spots by spotting pooling water as you need to adjust the gutter for proper drainage.
Moving to the interior of your log home or timber structure
This is an important area to check that is often missed. Starting in the attic or on the top floor, checking for any water damage on the walls or ceilings.
If you identify any areas of concern, immediately contact your builder or a professional. If you still have the information about the company that installed the roof, start there. Having a professional come out will give you the peace-of-mind that it is done right.
It is now time to move to the log walls. This part of the inspection process can seem time-consuming, but it is an important one.
Properly sealed gaps and joints will help prevent cold drafts from entering your log home. Locating and resealing any leaks found will help lower future heating bills. Using the proper caulk, seal the leak from the outside. Chinking your exterior log walls is the best way to make sure you have a water tight barrier.
Checks (cracks) are quite common in log homes, and most checks are not an issue. However, upward-facing checks can allow water to absorb into the wood, creating moisture problems. Fill these checks with caulk to alleviate issues. If checks are larger than 1/2 inch, backer rod may be needed before caulking.
Checking and replacing bad weather stripping around windows and doors will ensure both cold air and bugs stay outside where they belong.
The best thing to do on those cold days is to cozy up next to your fireplace. Before building your first fire of the season, check your chimney for cracked mortar, debris, mold, and mildew.
Being built of wood, log homes may have potential problems with insects such as termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and other boring insects that can cause structural problems.
Critters and birds
Small rodents including mice and squirrels can easily fit through tiny openings and will be looking for a warm place to stay for the winter. These rodents can cause lasting damage if they enter your log home. To ward off these pesky critters, clear away all debris from around the foundation of your house. This will allow you to closely inspect your foundation for cracks and address any concerns before the cold weather. Birds can also be an issue by entering small holes in the peaks of your gable ends and dormers.
Protecting the exterior
Giving your home a bath is an important step in protecting your exterior logs. Washing off dust and pollen that has accumulated on the logs is recommended once or twice a year.
Sunlight and water are natural enemies to log homes, as these elements can attack wood, degrade finishes, and break down your finishes and stains. Black, gray, or faded logs have lost their protective finish, exposing the logs to potential damage. Using the proper product to stain your house is the most important step. Before reapplying a new coat of stain, check to see if the current stain is still doing its job. Simply spray a little water on the logs and check for beading. If the water doesn’t bead it may be time to reapply stain to your log home.
Areas of higher sun exposure might need a clear coat more often. Using the correct product to seal your logs after you stain is just as important as the stain itself.
Being proactive and giving your roof and logs a good once-over will give you a chance to catch any small issues before they become major problems.
As always, Log Home Restoration Specialist professionals are here to help. If you need something looked over or any issues you would prefer not dealing with, please contact us. http://www.repairmyloghome.com or call 765-838-8092.