Spring maintenance can be a chore so let's narrow it down to the most important items.
Living in a log cabin is all about being close to nature, but when it comes to the care and longevity of your logs, it's best not to be TOO close to nature.
Spring is a great time to step outside and look closely at your log home. Check for any obvious damage from the winter winds and freezing:
dark areas can indicate leaks and rain tracks; mud or dirt splatters will show where rain is splashing onto the walls. spring
Spray or splash a bit of water on your logs and see what it does: if it beads up and rolls down you're good for another year. But if it soaks in you should be considering a new coat of stain on the outside for this spring maintenance season. It's especially important to check the log ends as end grain tends to soak up moisture more.
Check that your plants and trees around the perimeter of the log cabin haven't grown and gotten too close to the wood. These can direct rain onto your logs and block the sun and air circulation from drying any moisture in the area. You should have a good 1' - 2' space between your logs and any shrubbery so cut them back or re-plant.
Make sure that the earth around your log cabin isn't too close to the wood as well. You want a minimum of 2" between the base and the ground to minimise rain splashing back onto the logs, especially if you don't have wide overhangs to direct the rain away. You should also be sure that there are no low spots in your property that catch the rain and keep it from draining away.
By now it should be obvious that moisture control and water management are key in the long-term longevity of your log home. If you don't have gutters already installed, they can be a great investment in caring for your larger investment in your log cabin. If you do have gutters, take the time to clean them out and ensure that the discharge is directed away from your house where it can drain away.
These Top 4 Spring Maintenance Tips can help keep your log cabin in top condition. Once you've finished them you can open the doors, let the dogs run and enjoy the spring!