The rustic charm of a log cabin can last for decades if it is cared for properly. However, if maintenance is not kept up with a log home, it will deteriorate in a matter of just a few years. One of the essential elements of maintenance of a log cabin is treating the exterior logs with stain. But how often do you need to stain your log home or cabin? Today WNC Blast/Wash & Staining is here to answer that question for you.
As a general rule, you will need to stain your log home every 3 to 7 years, depending on the elements. Elemental factors include exposure to rain, sunlight, hail, wind, climate, and more.
How often should I stain the logs of my cabin?
As stated, we suggest every three to seven years; however, after the initial stain of your new home, you should stain it sooner. When your logs are virgin, they are fresh and soak up the first coat of stain very well. Therefore, after the logs have aged about two years, you need to add a layer or two of stain.
Another factor that affects how often you need to stain your home is dependent on the type of stain you use. For example, water-based stains do not last as long as oil-based stains do. Water-based stains are on the shorter end of longevity, with a lifespan of around three to five years, whereas oil-based stains will usually last approximately five to seven years. Note that quality stains typically are oil-based, and reputable contractors will have professional-grade stains over your local big box stores.
How do the natural elements affect my log cabin?
The weather and climate where your home resides have a significant impact on how long your stain will last. Even the amount of light that reaches the exterior of your logs will impact the color of your stain because UV rays break down and “bleach” the color of your wooden logs. It is not uncommon to find one side of your home, after it has aged a bit, to be lighter in color than the others.
If you happen to live in a windy area, the soil that is picked up by the wind can even blast the outer layer of wood and give it a different look. In fact, WNC Blast/Wash & Staining uses a form of media blasting to remove the outer layer of wood in preparation for staining. If material from this process can strip away a coat of stain, you can bet that high winds with particles of grit and sand can cause damage over time.
Rain, snow, and hail also affect your logs due to dampness. Logs naturally soak up moisture, and if your home is in an area that receives heavy precipitation, it can generate the growth of mold and fungus, which will induce rot. That is why stain is so imperative it helps to seal out moisture and protect your logs.
One simple test you can conduct yourself to see if it is time to stain your log home is to take a water hose and spray your logs. If the water beads up on the logs and rolls off, you are in good shape, but if the water gets absorbed, you need to stain your logs.
Who to contact for log home staining?
Your log home is your castle and the place where you spend the majority of your time. Doesn’t it make sense to protect your investment and prolong its longevity? WNC Blast/Wash & Staining is here to help keep your rustic abode in tip-top shape for decades to come. If you need a reputable contractor to stain the exterior of your logs — no further than us. We use professional-grade products from Silkens and care for your home as if it were our own. Contact us today for a free quote!