Offices In Canastota, New York and Tampa, Florida
AP Log Home Services uses only the best Log Home products including:
The last process is to seal the logs with a breathable stain to ensure the natural beauty of the logs. It also protects from weather and ultra violet rays that damage the logs.
Selecting the Finish
There are several modern finishing products that are suitable for log homes. All of them penetrate the surface of the log and also provide a protective film on the surface. A good finish should contain a maximum amount of solids, some mildew inhibitor, and ultraviolet blockers.
There are basically two types of finishes we recommend - semitransparent and solid body stains. The type of finish chosen depends upon the log home’s specific wood, the appearance the homeowner desires, and the level of maintenance that is acceptable to the homeowner.
Semitransparent stains allow some of the natural wood to show through, while also adding a hue to the wood. A semitransparent stain will soak into the wood and color it with pigment. It also forms a water and UV barrier to protect the wood. Some semitransparent stains are applied in two coats in a “wet-on-wet process” where the second coat is applied before the first coat is completely dried. Others need to be completely dry to apply the second coat. There are several water-based semitransparent stains made especially for log cabins and homes, all of which contain UV blockers to block damaging UV rays. This type of stain will need to be recoated every 2-4 years, depending on conditions at your site.
The second type of finish that we recommend is latex based, solid body stain. Solid body stain looks flat and opaque, much like paint. It also soaks into the pores of the wood and protects the logs from UV and water damage. It protects better than a semitransparent stain because there is more pigment in it and it can extend the time between re-coating. Generally, solid body stains last 4-8 years between re-coats. Many times with older or neglected buildings, we recommend solid body stain because it can be extremely labor-intensive to return older wood to a condition than would successfully accept a semitransparent stain.
We do not recommend oil solid body stains because of their tendency to ‘flash’ or become glossy. No matter which finish you choose, the building should be inspected every year to ensure that the finish is continuing to work well.
How we Apply the Finish
We use the following procedure for the application of finish. First, we carefully cover all the windows and doors of the building and then clean the logs as needed. Next, we apply the finish you have chosen using a paint sprayer and then back brush it by hand to ensure penetration and to smooth out any drips. Prep work is everything in staining and painting. We always make sure there is no loose stain on the logs prior to any application of stain. If much of the surface of the logs is pealing, faded or blackening, we generally recommend cob or sand blasting the building.
Maintaining the Finish
No matter what type of stain you choose, it is very important to keep up with reapplying the finish. If too much time lapses between coats, the finish will become unstable and may need to be mechanically removed. To avoid the expense of having to remove the finish or replace logs, it is best to maintain your finish in top condition. Reapplying stain sooner is better than later.