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Monthly Archives: October 2013

  • Use our guides to improve and protect your wood home

    Nothing says coziness like a wood home. To enjoy a wood home for a long time, it's good to know how and why to care for it. The How-To Guides found here will do that, and the reader will find information specifically intended to educate about all aspects of log homes.

    How-To topics include: design strategies, basic maintenance, safe surroundings, water protection, controlling fungi, combating weather damage, insects and other pests, preservation and cleaning, finishing and sealing, troubleshooting, roof systems and interior work.

    Topics like design strategies and safe surroundings contain information intended to encourage the reader to make good decisions when planning the building of their log home. The right choices in the beginning can save headaches later. For instance, log home owners are encouraged to build far away from areas with lots of pests or wildfire risks.

    Moisture control is a concern with log homes, and the guide on controlling fungus explains how to avoid and deal with this area of concern.

    The guide on preservation and cleaning walks the reader through the variety of factors that will determine their best course of action in protecting the house long-term.

    Many of the topics explain settling of the house and how to watch for issues regarding this process - a process that is inherent to log homes. The guide explains problems to look out for, and how to treat them.

    Reading and following the suggestions contained in these guides will enable the reader to get the most satisfaction out of their log home, for years to come.

  • Freeze/Thaw Stability

    Winter Home

    Without a doubt it is always best to prevent any of our finishes and sealants from freezing. They all contain water and the formation of ice crystals within the products can separate the water from the other components. In some products once this occurs it becomes impossible to regain the properties of the original formulation even after thawing and vigorous mixing. These type of products are not freeze/thaw stable.

    With a few exceptions most of our products are freeze/thaw stable but if a product becomes frozen it needs to be thawed slowly, preferably at room temperature. Speeding up the thawing process by heating the container can seriously damage the product making it unusable. If the product is in pails or containers, once it has completely thawed it will require a thorough mixing.

    Any finish or sealant that has been frozen will never completely regain all of the initial properties that it had before it was frozen but it may still be usable. However, if a product is subjected to multiple freeze/thaw cycles each cycle will contribute to the degradation process until it is no longer suitable for use. If a product does become frozen it is better to allow it to stay frozen than it is to bring it inside to thaw and then store it where it may freeze again. It's the succession of freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw sequences that really destroys the integrity of a product. Before applying any product that's been frozen be sure to test a small amount to see if it is still usable.

    To reiterate: It's best to protect all of our products from freezing. If it does get frozen, thaw it slowly at room temperature then thoroughly mix it. It's better to keep it frozen than to subject it to multiple freeze/thaw cycles. Before applying any product that's been frozen be sure to test a small amount to see if it is still usable.

    Perma-Chink System products that are NOT freeze/thaw stable: Chink Paint Log End Seal Oxcon

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