Log Home Staining
Log cabins and log homes look stunning. We love them every bit as much as you do but in order to keep them looking their best we know that they need a bit of TLC if they're going to stay on top of sunshine, wind, and rain and that means staining them. Sun and water will eventually ruin log homes, especially where they have access to the log ends, and that means taking the time to give your log property the protection it needs. We're experts when it comes to log home staining so let us take you through your options.
When to Restain
There's a simple way to see if your logs need some care. Take a water bottle spray, the kind of thing you use to spray water on your houseplants, and spray that water on the logs. What you'll probably see is that if you spray it on the underside of a log then it will form beads of water on the surface. If you spray it on the top side of a log it will probably not form drops of water at all but instead soak into the wood. Property treated wood will form drops when sprayed whether top or bottom, if it doesn't and the water just soaks in then it no longer has the protection it needs against the elements and it's time to restain your logs.
The secret to long lasting log stain lies in the preparation stage, so it's something we take great pains to get right. Thorough preparation is what makes for great stain so we start by protecting everything that needs it and then we use power washers and sanding to gently strip away dirt or damaged surfaces, mold and weathered wood until we have taken it back to the original healthy wood.
Types of Stain
There will always be champions for one type of stain over another, whether they are oil based stains or water based or emulsions. The older oil based stains have largely fallen out of favor as more environmentally friendly options have come onto the market. Simple fact is that most of the stains on the market will do the job but we can also supercharge your stain by adding anti mold products to the mix to further protect your wood. Where once your choice was just brown or darker brown now you can get a rainbow of greens, blues, reds, and oranges – pretty much whatever you like so let us show you some catalog images of what your log cabin could look like.
Applying the stain properly makes a huge difference to the success of the stain so we like to do it right. That means two coats of stain carefully back brushed to brush it into every groove of the grain and using enough stain to drench that wood so not even a spot the size of a nickel goes unstained. Finally we think a clear top coat makes all the difference to leave a beautiful log cabin.