When you invest in a log cabin, you’re investing in a lifelong dream of comfort and escapism. That being said, log cabins require more yearly maintenance than more traditional homes in many cases. By having the right products on hand, however, you can handle any maintenance or repairs with ease. Here are five key products that can help you maintain your log cabin in 2022:
The vast majority of log cabins are located at least partially out in the country. Cabin owners typically invest in their homes to gain a sense of solitude and peace, after all. Because you’ll be living in the great outdoors, and since your home will be made of wood, insects will become your number one enemy when it comes to potential home maintenance needs and home structure damage. Being ahead of the game in killing and repelling home-harming insects is the name of the game if you want to keep your log cabin investment protected. Purchasing high-quality insecticide sprays are the best way to stay bug-damage free. From carpenter bees and ants to termites, using the right types of insecticide sprays will ensure that you never have to do extensive structural repairs or maintenance any time soon.
Dusting is a crucial part of keeping any style of home clean and comfortable. However, cabins are notorious for becoming dusty faster than most traditional homes. For this reason, you’ll want to invest in a dusting kit that has flexible usage capabilities. Especially if you’re living in a park model log cabin with high ceilings, you’ll want a dusting kit that will not require you to stand on ladders to get your dusting duties done. The more variety your dusting kit contains, the better (as you’ll be prepared for any cleaning situation the universe throws at you).
Do you want to keep your log cabin stay beautiful for decades to come? If so, you need to remember that occasionally using new stain or sealer on your cabin’s exterior logs is of utmost importance. If you fail to use these products, the shine of the wood can fade, and exterior damage can occur on a quicker timeline. Stain provides a protective layer that will help your cabin’s exterior logs deal with everything from dirt, to bugs, to inclement weather. If you’re confused about what type of stain or sealer you need to both protect your cabin effectively and keep its natural color, you should consult a professional before applying a coat. Doing so will ensure that you do not inadvertently cause another problem that will need expensive maintenance or repairs to correct.
For many of the items on this list, including caulk (which we will discuss in more detail below), you’ll need a decent backer rod to use them effectively. These rods are made of foam and are placed between cracks and leaks in your logs. This then allows you to make minor repairs and perform DIY maintenance tasks with ease. Additionally, backer rods can provide useful insulation and cushion for the logs as you do maintenance and repair tasks. Never try to apply caulk or other repair-centric products to your log cabin’s exterior without a handy backer rod nearby (or else you might end up causing unintentional damage).
Most log cabins are built in a way that keeps heat in as efficiently as possible. Even the best products out there fail to stay fully secure at all times, however. One problem that log cabin owners sometimes run into is that their logs begin to have small cracks between them. When this occurs, the air outside can pour in causing it to get cold or hot. Additionally, this allows your valuable inner heating and cooling to pour out, losing you money in the process. Even bugs and rainwater can make their way through these tiny cracks if you fail to address them. Thankfully, quality caulk products can be used to help seal these tiny cracks with ease. This one, affordable product can help you prevent the need for much larger and more costly maintenance needs in the long run.
With these five useful products, you can easily keep your log cabin clean, secure, and comfortable in 2022. By taking a few hours at the end of each week to clean, and do maintenance tasks, you can ensure your log cabin investment remains satisfying for decades to come.