Experts in Colorado Log Home Restoration
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Colorado Log Restoration
A beautiful log/wood home begins when it’s bare wood.
It’s important to apply stain properly and make sure that it’s brushed into every crack and crevasse.
After the stain has dried, we then apply a special sealer to protect the stain and your wood from harsh elements and UV (ultraviolent) light.
The higher the altitude, the more UV light can damage your home.
After using the wrong products or poor workmanship, some contractors will apply other materials on top in an attempt to stop the damage or try and hide it.
Don't Be Fooled!
If the wrong stain is used on your home, it will crack and peal. It also may not adhere to the logs.
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How to Know It's Time for Maintenance
Not sure if it’s time to maintain?
Here are 5 telltale signs that it’s time:
Loss of Sheen
UV light will cause stain to get duller over time. Look at the surface in the sun or use a flash light. You’ll notice a flatter appearance where the product has worn down over time.
Does the stain look darker than it did originally? Perhaps there’s some fading going on where it’s exposed to sun. These are signs that your logs protection (stain) needs to be reapplied. If the discoloration is significant, it may be time for more prep in a some areas. You need to catch things before they get to this point. Matching those areas with those still in good shape can be difficult.
Water not shedding
Use a hose or spray bottle. and see if water is still running down the logs. It should run off the wood, not bead up. Any place where water isn’t running off well needs more stain or clear coat.
Presence of dirt, pollen, bird poo, etc.
Surface contaminants over time, will eat away at the integrity of your stain. If you can see these contaminants, it’s at least time for a wash down with a log cleaner and brightener and possibly time for more stain or clear coat, too.
New micro checks and cracks in the wood
Have any new micro checks (the tiny cracks in the face of the logs themselves) appeared? If so, those are unprotected by stain and need to be treated! Left unprotected, they’ll allow in moisture that can compromise the integrity of the stain, not to mention invite rot. Make sure new micro checks are filled with more stain or clear coat. Be sure any crack that’s 1/4″ wide or larger on the upper curve of the log is caulked, not just stained.