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Cabin Restoration

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16 Sat 2016 Brent Orm Comments: 0

Whether your log home is a vacation rental, a weekend getaway, or a permanent residence, you know that removing the grime, mold and dirt accumulated over the years can restore your beloved home to like-new status and preserve it for the future.  The correct stain and preservatives can protect your log cabin from sun damage (UV damage), moisture and fungi. Proper, ongoing maintenance can keep your cabin looking beautiful while maintaining the surface and protecting the integrity of your logs.  If the stain is currently showing signs of failure (flaking or peeling off, dark discoloration, etc) the best course of action is to remove the stain completely.

Are you considering restoring your log home?

The most common questions we hear are:

  • What methods can be used to restore my log home?
  • What method do you prefer for log cabin restoration?
  • Will my log cabin ‘leak’, will I get dust and debris inside?
  • What can I expect my log home to look like after the restoration?
  • Will the texture of my logs be different after the blasting process?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What methods can be used to restore my log home?

There are a number of methods that can be used to restore a log home to pristine condition. Sometimes the methods are combined to ensure a great result.

  1. Sanding – Using sanders and grinders to take off the surface grime and stain are often used. It’s the most ‘manual’ method and as such is the most expensive. Sanding and/or grinding will leave the surface smooth to the touch. This method is often used in combination with chemical stripping or corn cob or glass blasting. Using sand blasting and soda blasting chemicals can only clear so much of the exterior. Manual sanding can provide a smooth and consistent surface that is ready to stain..
  2. Chemical Stripper – When you think of chemical strippers, you think of harsh chemicals that are not friendly to the environment. There are new chemical strippers that are environmentally friendly and effective for log cabin restoration.  The challenge that chemical striping presents is that it can not be used on eves and lids.  It also present a challenge in doing areas above a deck.  It is difficult to prevent the chemical stripper from running onto decks and other areas.
  3. Media Stripping – There are a number of media blasting materials that can be used on exterior restoration and pressure washing. The most common are: walnut shells (our preferred method), glass or corn cob blasting. Media blasting can leave varying degrees of texture based on the operator, log density and other factors that is why media stripping is commonly used in conjunction with grinding and sanding to achieve a pristine, consistent surface needed for staining.

What method do you prefer for log cabin restoration?

We use walnut blasting to remove the failing stain accumulation, and the results are spectacular. We are methodical in our preparation, our application, and know that missing or partially completing any of these steps is critical to the success of our job. The most critical step in log cabin restoration is making sure the surface is completely clean and free of paint/stain. Having a pristine surface makes for a great restoration.

Observe the difference walnut blasting can make to eliminate years of grime and dirt, enabling the homeowner to restore the cabin to its original beauty. (Link to photo gallery) (Link to photo gallery)

Advantages of walnut shell or glass blasting

  • Non-toxic
  • Biodegradable
  • Water-less process
  • Safe for plants and scrubs and the environment
  • Effective for removing graffiti stains, dirt and debris without damaging the surface
  • Less aggressive than sand
  • Typically removes 100% of the old stain or paint
  • Gives a ‘brand new’ look to your logs

Will my log cabin ‘leak’, will I get dust and debris inside?

Each cabin that we run across is different. It depends on the construction of the cabin and gaps between the logs, windows, and doors. We can not predict which cabins will leak and/or how much they will leak.
For the best results and easy clean up, we recommend covering furniture, TVs, electronics and other items in the cabin. We will review your cover up and provide additional plastic cover where needed. While we can’t promise a dust free process, we take steps and monitor our progress to minimize the amount of debris inside your cabin.

What can I expect my log home to look like after the restoration?

Our before and after galleries will show you difference a log cabin restoration can make and how much improvement it can make to the look of your cabin. We take great care to prepare the surface for new stain as this provides the very best results.

cabin-after-restaining

Will the texture of my logs be different after the blasting process?

Our team will do our best to keep your log texture the same as it is prior to removing all the stain and debris. With blasting, sometimes the texture that remains is a bit rough or the wood grain can be raised slightly. While this is not a problem for the staining process, it can leave areas that are not uniform. Subsequent sanding can take down the roughness and provide a more consistent finish. Our team will work closely with you to describe the finished look and talk about the different outcomes possible with blasting and sanding prior to our work.

Log Cabin after blasting and restoration

How much DOES log home restoration cost?

This is one of our most asked questions but it’s difficult to answer because every cabin is different. Logs are different, the square footage is different along with the height (sometimes we need to use scaffolding) and the condition of the logs and stain always varies. For these reasons, we offer a free estimate of what it will take to restore your cabin. Our team will come out, walk the cabin and give you an estimate of the cost along with describing the process and what to expect from our restoration process.

How long will the log cabin restoration take?

Generally, we can prepare a cabin for stain and sealer in a day or two depending on the location, the size of the cabin and the condition of the cabin. We will always give you an estimate of the time it will take to complete our process. The only factor that can throw off our estimate is the weather. We sometimes need to postpone our services because of inclement weather.

Free Estimates

When we come to your cabin for the free estimate, we will explain every step that needs to be done. We will give you a detailed cost breakdown, and tell you exactly how long it will take to complete the job. We want your business, and we want you to tell your friends about us.

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