Spring Is Almost Here
Spring cleaning, it’s that time of year! If you’re like me, you want to get outside and start cleaning up the yard on the first sunny day. Unfortunately, although it is a beautiful day here in Montana, it is 5 degrees – yep, you read that correctly. So, I am going to just start my planning list instead of grabbing tools and getting out there.
“This corner is an example of the logs needing to be cleaned and a new coat of finish applied” – Robyn Turner
Log Home Spring cleaning isn’t much different from any other home type. Just as we wash off the dirt and road yuck with our vehicles, our homes are no different. Taking a few hours to wash everything off and inspect the walls, windows, facia boards, and gutter connections could save you thousands over the life of your home. Water damage is the number one issue that homeowners report, followed by sun exposure wear. Finding and correcting these areas before the damage becomes extensive will save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
A couple of good Spring cleaning checklists are available online from the finish manufacturers. I like lists, so I am less likely to miss checking an area because it was on the list. Here is a link to Perma-Chink’s recommendation:
Sashco also has an excellent inspection form. You must use the menus on their website ( www.sashco.com/pro-resources/ ) and find Additional Log resources, then click on ‘resources and guides,’ then click on ‘inspection guides.’ It gives you a downloadable .pdf form to use. Reminder: remember to check your base logs behind shrubs and flower beds, as it is easy to forget these areas. We wish you a very happy spring and good luck with your maintenance. We all love our log homes, and taking just a little bit of time will ensure you have an exceptional home that will last for generations. Reach out to us if you have specific questions. We’re here to help.