Finally Built Your Dream Cabin? What Should You Do To Maintain It?

If you've recently overseen the construction of your family's first custom log home, you're likely brimming with anticipation of cozy nights curled up by the warm fireplace, breathing in the cedar-scented air. Indeed, many log homes serve as more than a place to store belongings or sleep at night but can actually become like part of the family. However, these homes aren't without their upkeep requirements, and neglecting routine maintenance could shorten the lifespan and compromise the structural integrity of your home. Read on to learn more about the best ways to maintain and protect your new investment.

Staining and weatherproofing

Some builders will use pre-treated, stained wood to construct log cabins; however, if yours is constructed of raw cedar logs or planks, staining this wood and applying a weather-resistant shellac is key to preventing moisture damage both outside and within your home. 

Most modern homes have some type of vapor barrier between the exterior siding and the interior drywall. Log homes usually don't; and while the cedar generally used to construct these homes is highly weather- and pest-resistant on its own, treating the cedar with a water-repellent coat can eliminate its ability to wick water from outside your house to inside. This keeps your relative humidity as low as possible, reducing the odds of mold or mildew growth or other moisture damage. 


Although the buildup of dirt, debris, and airborne particles like pollen isn't generally good for any home's exterior, it can be particularly harmful for a log home. Washing your home's exterior with gentle soap and water once or twice per year should be sufficient to protect against damage, and will also give you the opportunity to inspect the caulking and weatherproofing to see if any repairs should be made. 


The natural expansion and contraction of the wooden beams used to construct your log cabin can come lead to minor cracks in the chinking.  It's important to identify and repair these cracks as quickly as possible to avoid further damage. If these cracks fill with moisture or debris during cold weather, they can freeze and expand, potentially causing some major structural issues for your home. 

Fortunately, most such cracks can be easily repaired, even by those who aren't veteran DIY-ers. The most important step when replacing caulk is to ensure that the area you're planning to treat is completely dry. Moisture could prevent the caulk from forming a tight seal and even potentially lead to mold or mildew growth.

For more tips, contact a company that specializes inlog home maintenance.