Log Home Restoration

 
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Best Way Out
This is an eleven year old log home. The builder did not allow for shrinkage and installed fiber-glass or cell-seal between the logs, which act to suck moisture from the middle of the log, causing it to rot all the way through. The builder also had installed a deck that would splash rainwater onto the logs, causing more decay. We removed the rotten deck, then removed the decayed log wall. We installed a conventional basement wall. Next season a new deck will be installed with an extension of the roof to protect the existing wall from the same occurrence.

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Ultra-Violet Damage
The sun is another one of Mother Nature's ways of decaying logs. One method to fix this problem is by applying a CLEANING solution and power-washing using the proper procedures to remove the ultra-violet damage. We then neutralize the wood restoring the pH level and allowing the natural color to return. This prevents the wood from rejecting the sealer later. Customers choice of pigment provides added ultra-violet absorption that protects the wood from the sun’s harmful effects.

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Maintenance Free?
The log home kit sales vendor had said it was maintenance free. You asked him, "Does this home need to be chinked?" "No," the kit vendor said, "We have a great gasket system." What about wood sealers? The vendor supplies the sealer (purchased on sale from the local discount hardware store). After your kit was delivered, you hired a builder. You didn’t know that he would not allow for shrinkage. This was to be your American dream home, but now it is your log home nightmare. Unfortunately, you are not alone. In fact, the owners of Log Home Restoration Worldwide, LLC, started their business after purchasing a log home that had many of the same problems. It took time to find just the right products and procedures to restore that home, and many others over the years. Along the way, we have developed procedures and time tested an assortment of high-quality materials. Now we can restore, maintain, and protect log homes the right way.

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Log Home Kits
This is a kit-style log home that never had a sealer applied. In 1997, we cleaned, neutralized, and sealed it. Now it is ready to chink.
To give this home years of protection, we restored the wood with the right procedures including sanding the log ends, cleaning, neutralizing and applying high quality sealers and chinking. Notice the beauty of the wood.

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To give this home years of protection, we restored the wood with the right procedures (even sanding the log ends): cleaning, neutralizing and applying high quality sealers and chinking. Notice the beauty of the wood. The chestnut tree died off in the 1930s and early 40s with a blight. This disease is still in the ground because new growth gets just so big and all the leaves turn brown and the tree dies. For this reason, chestnut logs are rare. These chestnut log homes are historical and should be valued like an antique.

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Before: There is no roof overhang to protect the log ends, so they get wet every time it rains. Note the tremendous amount of ultra-violet (UV) damage and discoloration to this home’s log and shingle exterior.

After: This log home has been cleaned, neutralized, and sealed to remove and protect against future UV damage including the wood shingles. The logs have been chinked. The foundation, trim and door have been painted and a rain guard installed on the top log end to provide protection from the rain.

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Cleaning, Neutralizing, Sealing and Chinking
This shows the results after we cleaned, neutralized, sealed, chinked and replaced the porch posts. The extreme left post has not been replaced, showing the customization Log Home Restoration, LLC can make in giving the building a unique Montana look and taking away the "kit" look. The owner and staff can testify to the warm and cozy draft-free offices inside -- for the first time in twenty years.

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Cleaning and neutralizing the wood before sealing is important. Removing dirt, mold, mildew, weather stains and ultraviolet damage is a must for the appearance of the finish. This gives the sealer something more stable to adhere to. Neutralizing the wood restores the pH level and allows the natural color to return. This prevents the wood from rejecting the sealers.

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We replaced damaged logs, cleaned and neutralized the wood, then sealed the logs using a high-quality sealer. We chinked between all exterior logs, around eaves, and around all doors and windows. A new porch floor was installed, larger porch posts and new railings were put in place and the entire area under the porch was enclosed. Finally, the trim and foundation were painted.

With proper maintenance this seventeen-year-old log home will last a long time, the value has increased, and the house has a appeal to any potential buyer.

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This was a porch in a kit style log home that had a rotten floor. We removed the floor and walls and extended the width by six feet and turned this into a greenhouse with radiant heat in the new concrete floor.

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