Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s time to perform a semi-annual check-up on your log home before the cold weather hits and the snow comes at full force. With the following fall maintenance tips, your log cabin will stay in tip-top shape for years to come.
We recommend beginning your fall cabin maintenance by walking around and carefully examining your logs and assessing any damage. Although minor cracks are normal, large cracks can collect large amounts of moisture and dirt, which can cause more damage. If this is the case, you’ll want to call a licensed contractor to handle the repair job. If you notice a lot of dirt and debris on the logs, use a gentle hose, dawn soap solution, and a soft brush to gently remove any buildup.
Cleaning the gutters is a must during your fall cabin maintenance. Cleaning the gutters will keep the snow from overflowing and damaging your logs. While on a latter, use a gutter cleaning tool or a pair of tongs to scoop out the leaves, branches, and dirt.
Termites can lead to serious and costly problems if not treated promptly. To determine if your cabin has termites, check for visible ant-like insect, dark spots on the wood, droppings around your logs, mud tunnels, or small holes.
Using a high quality log caulk to renew your caulking can ensure your log home stays energy-efficient throughout the entire winter. Make sure to caulk around the doors and windows.
At Blue Heron Design-Build, our team of certified, trained, and licensed contractors can handle any repair and maintenance job. If you’re interested in creating a new custom log home, contact Blue Heron Design-Build today to schedule a consultation.