Natural wood gives off a beautiful appearance that is appealing to many people. Additional options for wood staining, however, allow for a wider variety of choices regarding your cabin’s appearance. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on the right stain for your cabin.
Has the Wood Been Stained Previously?
Whether or not the wood has been stained previously will affect your decision. If the wood has not been stained before, you should apply a borate treatment. This will aid in preventing rot and infestations but is only effective when used on natural wood. Wood staining will bond differently to natural wood than it will to a previous stain, so it is important to consult with a professional to get your desired result.
Decide the Effect That you Want
Different colors are used to create different effects. If you want to enhance the natural appearance of the wood, it is best to go with a lighter-colored stain. Darker colors are ideal for darkening the appearance of the wood.
The Base of the Stain
The base of the stain is important for use on wood. An oil-based stain isn’t flexible enough to allow for the natural expansion and shrinkage of wood. The paint will crack, which will decrease the overall appearance of your cabin. For use on wood, it is recommended to use a water or latex-based stain. They are more elastic and will allow for the natural changes of the wood.
Err on the Light Side
Unlike typical paint, a too-dark stain can’t be undone. You should choose a stain a few shades lighter than the desired shade to make sure that it isn’t darker than you want.
There are many options for a stain finish for your cabin. Consulting with a professional is the best way to determine the ideal stain for your log cabin. For more information about our wood staining services, contact us at Blue Heron Design-Build Inc. today!