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Timeless Wood Care

  • Building a Log Home That's Winter-Ready

    Log homes have been around almost as long as humans. Trees are a handy renewable resource, they're plentiful, and they're the perfect building material for warm, sturdy homes. In Michigan especially, we need homes guaranteed to keep us toasty through the winter, and these days, everyone's looking for a home that can do that at a price that's affordable. Energy efficiency is a term that's thrown around a lot, and it's especially relevant to log homes. If you're looking to build a log home that can withstand even the worst Michigan winters, here are a few design tips that will keep your home warm, without wreaking havoc on your wallet:

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  • Tips For Dealing With Snow Outside Your Log Home

    Michigan is no stranger to snowfall. Norton Shores alone has an annual average of a whopping 87 inches of snow per year. Any Michigan homeowner knows that snow is an obstacle to contend with every year, and if you have a log home, keeping on top of the snowfall is even more important. The longer snow stays on your porch, walkway, and front steps, the greater the potential for water damage. While you’ve certainly taken precautions against the snow by cleaning and sealing the outside of your home, ice and snow can also present a threat of personal injury, so we’re offering 4 different solutions to make sure that you can get rid of excess snow and keep yourself, and your home, safe.

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  • A Look at Log Homes Through Time

    While the log cabin is a classic American icon, we usually don’t think about the actual roots of log dwellings. To us, it’s synonymous with ideals like American individualism, and it reminds us of historical heroes like Abraham Lincoln. But believe it or not, log cabins and homes have been around far longer than even America has. In fact, log cabins were one of the first real man-made dwellings in northern Europe. Similar to North America, centuries ago, countries like Finland and Sweden were covered in massive forests. So the people used what they had and constructed log homes, which probably would have looked something like the Finnish log cabin above. They were very rustic construction, since they were built before any kind of modern technology or machinery, and were usually inhabited by poor farming or mountain families.

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  • 5 Steps to Repairing your Log Home

    As a log home owner, you probably already know that your home will require just a bit more maintenance than a traditional home. Most professionals recommend log homeowners inspect and perform general repairs every two years, and that's a pretty good rule to live by. And while you know you need to perform these inspections and make the necessary repairs, it can be tough to know where to start.

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  • Owning a Log Home: When It's Time to Call a Professional

    When you own a log home or cabin, it’s a source of pride to be able to maintain and touch up your house all by yourself. You know how to re-stain it, fix the chinking, and protect it from the elements, but are there instances when you should consider talking to a professional? We’ve put together a list of times it might save you a lot of hassle and money to simply just call an expert:

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  • 4 Steps to Safely Restoring Your Cabin or Log Home

    There are countless benefits to restoring a historic cabin or log home, but most people generally do it for two reasons: to save money, or for the sake of sentimentality. Maybe it was your great-grandparents home, or maybe you’re just starting a family and want to restore a log home because it will be cheaper than buying new. Regardless of the reason, restoring an old home can be a big undertaking, but the benefits definitely outweigh the costs. A log home is one that is built to last you for decades. Since you’ve decided to restore that old log home, here are a few tips to remember in the process:

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  • Savvy Insurance Considerations for Log Home Owners

    The fact of the matter is that your log home is much different from the standard, conventional stick-built homes. While this means a natural rustic feel and a dream home for many, there are some special considerations that go along with log home ownership.

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  • 4 Most Popular Roofing Materials for Log Homes

    Choosing a roof for your log home can be one of the most difficult choices of your construction process. Log homes require different maintenance than the typical house, and they’re stylistically much different. Sometimes the hardest part is even knowing what your options are. So, we’ve put together a list of the top four most popular roofing materials for log houses and explained their different attributes for you.

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  • 8 Things to Add to Your Log Home Spring Cleaning Checklist

    Spring is finally here! Though it may not seem like this winter has been all that bad, it’s time to get ready for warmer weather, and that includes spring cleaning. Since your log home takes winter a little differently than other homes, here are a few things to keep in mind when you go about your annual spring inspection and cleaning routine:

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    1. Watch for mold or mildew damage to log walls in high-moisture areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.

    2. Vertical posts with settling jacks installed at floor level are often used in log homes to shoulder the weight of the second floor or roof system. Talk to your builder to find out the rate these jacks should be lowered.

    3. watch for settlement issues wherever the log walls attach. This can include interior partition walls, floors, cabinets, shower enclosures, stairs, chimneys, porches and garages.

    This content was provided by Perma-Chink Systems, Inc.

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