Finishing your log home just might the most important thing you can do for it. When your log home is properly finished it can prevent early decay, allowing your home’s wood to last much longer. Finishing your home can also prevent damaging insects from eating away at it. A good finish can also keep your home looking beautiful because it will help protect the color of your stain. That’s why it’s essential that it is done properly. There are steps that you need to take to ensure that this happens. We’ve simplified the log Finishing process into 4 easy parts. First, you’ll want to prep the logs. That means that they are thoroughly cleaned and dried. If the logs are not cleaned and dried properly the finish will not be as effective. Once your wood is to this point you can move onto step two. Second, find a stain that is right for your home. You’ll want to find one that is durable but still at a reasonable price. Environmental conditions, what kind of wood you have, and how old your home is are all things to consider when choosing the right stain. Third, after your home has been properly stained, you should apply the finish. Make sure that all exposed surfaces of the wood are covered in an even coat. This will ensure that the finish can work up to its potential. Fourth, caulking your log home is also an important of finishing it. Caulking your home helps prevent insects and water from getting into your logs or anywhere there might be air infiltration. Caulking also comes in a variety of colors so you can match it to whatever finish you have chosen. Finishing your home doesn’t need to take a lot of time. As long as you do everything correctly, you won’t need to spend more time fixing it later on. We recommend taking the time to finish your home properly to help keep your log home well maintained and looking beautiful longer. For your finishing supplies and questions contact Timeless Wood Care at (800) 564-2987!