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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.