WINTER IS OVER, Where do I begin to inspect my log home?

Where to Start With You Spring Log Home Inspection

First thing to do? Grab a flashlight!

When you walk around your log home use the flashlight to pan every log to inspect for insect activity, failed exterior wood stain, and failures in the chinking or caulking around doors and windows and lateral chink lines.

Second thing to do: Carry a pen with you to make notes of the things you observe, compare your notes from year to year to see if there has been any significant changes in any area, beware of wood rot conditions.

Third thing to do: Evaluate the current log home coating or stain, look for peeling, darkening, mold growth, discolorations, or any sign of failure. Decide if you can clean and re-coat the logs, or if the the stain is deteriorated to the point where it must be completely removed to bare wood and start over.

Fourth thing to do:  If you suspect any area of having rot developing, tap it lightly with a hammer, if you hear sounds to the high pitch, the wood is solid.  If you hear sounds to the low pitch, then you have rot or the beginnings of rot. 

We recommend consulting a professional log home restoration company such as MM Wood Restoration & Protection (877) 966-3476 if you are unsure of the condition of your log or cedar home or if you find rotted logs, a professional log home restoration company will do the repair better than any local contractor.

MM, as well as most companies, do not charge anything to evaluate and give estimates. If they do charge a fee, do not hire them unless you are in a real estate deal and need the estimate for negotiations during the buy, then most companies charge a fee.

The main message here today?  Don't let your wood or log home deteriorate by not doing the simple inspections outlined, an ounce of prevention and a few gallons of wood stain can go a long way in protecting your log home investment.

Please visit our website for more information about Ilovitt and log home products.  www.lovittscoatings.com

Michael Whalen