Log Home Maintenance

LOG HOME CONTRACTOR'S

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If you are in need of a contractor who is qualified to do maintenance on your log home, we have contractor's that we can refer to you.  Call us at I-Wood-Care we would be happy to help you find a contractor near you!   I-Wood-Care 7898 State Hwy 12 Sherburne, NY  13460 607-674-2591 www.iwoodc.com Email: info@iwoodc.com  

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REGULAR CHECKUPS

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Preventative maintenance saves time and money, so it is good practice to inspect your home each spring and the fall.  This involves walking around your home and paying close attention to the stain's appearance.  Look for fading or weathering effects, loss of water repellency, or mildew fungi growth (often caused by dirt collecting on the surface of the stain creating a film for organisms to anchor and feed on).  It is important to pay close attention to the south-facing and west-facing walls of the home since these are typically exposed to more sun and elements.  If you notice severe problems (excessive checking,...

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STAINS FOR DECKS

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Thinking about staining your deck.   We carry several products to stain your deck like our  2 coat stain,  Transformation Siding & Trim, Weatherseal Stain, Sikkens Cetol SRD, ABR X-100, and CTA Q8 Log Oil.  They all come in a variety colors.  All Semi-Transparent stains so you can see the grain of the wood. Call us today we would be happy to assist you in choosing your stain for your deck! 607-674-2591

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UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLEANERS

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Chlorine bleach Pros: Strongly bleaches all types of wood Inexpensive Readily available Kills mildew Cons: Chlorine gas can be released if chlorine bleach is mixed with other household chemicals, such as ammonia. Chlorine gas can be hazardous or fatal Kills plants, especially new growth Can over-oxidize wood cell walls and degrade them Very corrosive to metal fasteners ( nails and screws) Can affect adhesion of coatings if not completely rinsed from the logs surface Oxalic Acid Pros: Particularly good at removing tannin stains It is the only cleaning product of choice for redwood - other type cleaners will discolor redwood...

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Tending To Checks & Cracks

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It's important to pay close attention to these openings, as they are thoughts for water rain and snow.  For Ideal treatment of a check: Thoroughly clean the inside surfaces of checks (where the caulk will be in contact to remove dirt and unsound wood. Apply backer rod to checks 1/4" or wider before staining and caulking. Stain the wall with a stain that is compatible with your caulking or chinking, making sure the stain seeps into the check. Gun the caulking into the check - Log Builder or Conceal are ideal for this application. Tool the caulk to ensure good...

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