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Basic Terms Used in the Preservation of Log Houses

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Log houses (or homes) are great settings for relaxation, living accommodation, vacations, garden houses, or office venues. They have in a lot of ways shaped the flow of American home building’s history that despite the birth of modernized and urbanized methods of building residential houses, there are still plenty of home builders who are fascinated and experienced in the construction of log houses.

The beauty of a log house is also attributed to how it is flawlessly maintained. Neglecting a critical aspect such as maintenance and preservation of log houses will render it ugly, ill-maintained, and unattractive. Indeed it will later on become a sight for eyes. Wood preservation I log houses is an integral part in lengthening their lifespan.

When it comes to log home maintenance and preservation or restoration, there are certain terminologies that represent basic procedures in log home preservation.

Inspection of the log house’s foundation whenever a home owner requests for restoration must always be on top of the list. The reason for this is that problems which start at the foundation of the log houses can easily transfer to other components of the house. When foundation of the house is slowly sinking into the ground (more appropriately referred as the settlement of foundation), the weight of the house may be shifting to areas where weight cannot be tolerated, and thus eventually deflections on the wall will result.

Inspection of logs is also crucial in log home restoration. Several sections in a log house are very prone to rots when they are most likely to be exposed to water, more particularly dripping of rain water or snow. Examples of these sections are sill logs, upper logs, window and door sills, corner notches, crowns, and those that resemble the balcony are prone to moisture. Thus, they are easily exposed to rots and decay. Therefore, these should be inspected whenever restoration is planned out.

No other part of the log house is immediately exposed to water than the roof. And so, Roof Inspection is also critical. From top to bottom, everything must be examined. These include shingles, metal sheeting, board sheathing, framing structure, top log or roof plate, and gutters.

Once all of these aspects are in place, it is more convenient for carpenters and the rest of the log home restoration team to plan out the project. First, they can begin to evaluate which part of the house needs immediate restoration. Second, they can identify which types of logs or timbers will be used in order to appropriately restore or replace those logs that have been rotten. Third, they can map out a comprehensive plan on the accurate approaches of removing and replacing logs. This step is crucial because any gaps or loopholes brought about by inaccurate methods of doing this task will affect the entire log house for the long term. Fourth, the selection of stains, finishes, and sealants that will provide luster on the exterior and interior of the log house is taken careful consideration. A flaw on this step could also lead to short-term benefits for the home owner.

Preservation and Maintenance is a heavy term that must not be taken for granted once the log restoration project is done. There are guiding principles on log home restoration that are recommended by most log home experts when the objective is to preserve the entire house from natural and chemical elements. Maintaining the beauty of the entire house is another story because the owner must specifically become knowledgeable on the techniques required to keep its beauty, luster, and functionality. Periodic check-ups and re-application of stains or finishes are crucial, so the owner must know how often is should be done according standards set by most experts.


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