Log cabins, with their warm cozy atmospheres, are perfect as vacation houses and feeling closer to nature. However, they require a lot of maintenance, especially if damage isn’t addressed right away. For example, wood rot, if left untreated, can lead to total deterioration.

In order to achieve a longer life for your log cabin, it is important to attend to repairs as soon as possible.  For you to easily detect where repairs are needed, you need to know the warning signs of damage. Identifying these factors will help you salvage damaged wood immediately and apply proper repairs or replacement before it is too late.

Below are some examples of the warning signs that you need to look for when it comes to maintaining your log cabin:

  • Your stairs and floors are no longer level with each other. This is due to wood shifting, which is a structural issue, or wood warping, which may be caused by external factors that you will need to address.
  • Cracks exist in your logs. Unless you are using reclaimed wood, which will have cracks from the start, cracks in your logs are signs that they are gradually weakening.
  • Sawdust, cobwebs, and bite marks are evident in the wood. This tells you that it is being eaten or chewed by animals or bugs. You will need to execute proper pest control around the house.
  • Some parts of the wood are already rotting. Check the area immediately to determine what is causing it.
  • Mold and mildew are present. This signals that your wood is damaged by water. Unless you implement proper repair or replacement, it will contaminate other logs as well.

To ensure long-lasting hardwood lumber, it is best to protect it with a proper water sealant, so it will not be easily damaged by water. Seal Once is an excellent water proofer that adds a layer of protection to your hardwood and it is available at Superior Hardwood.  Apply it after replacing your damaged lumber to ensure it will last longer.

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