Restoration & Preservation

Timber Ridge Log Homes has created a proven system to provide protection while bringing out the natural beauty from each log in your home. We are able to give a tired looking log home or cabin a fresh new appearance with Timber Ridge’s Full Restoration.

6 STEPS TO PRESERVE YOUR NEW HOME

1. INSPECTION

Before Timber Ridge starts their detailed process to preserving your log home, we search for any signs of water damage, insect infestation and sealing issues. After our thorough inspection, we discuss any areas of concern and prepare the home for a air-tight seal. Contact us to schedule an inspection on your pre-existing log home or cabin.

2. PREPERATION

Timber Ridge Log Homes provides a fresh start for preparing and sealing the wood by stripping down each log to the bare wood. By removing all of the original worn, peeling and lower quality paint or stain, it allows a fresh surface to apply an even coat and tone of new stain.We then begin with a clean surface to prepare the logs for preservation process.

Timber Ridge uses a low pH wood cleaner to remove all dirt, grime, pollen and surface mold and mildew without harming the wood. As opposed to harsh bleach solutions, our log wash does not cause stress or upset the natural pH balance of the wood. If the wood fibers are damaged, iron stains develop and the logs will have a grey, dull appearance.

A light cleaning once a year will help keep your home looking brilliant and beautiful, while prolonging the life of the exterior’s finish to withstand harsh weather conditions which can become a settling ground for dirt, pollen and other contaminants that encourage mold growth

3. AIRTIGHT SEALING

After the wood is cleaned with our mild log detergent, we seal the home to provide an air-tight and energy efficient home. Timber Ridge Log Homes uses an outstanding water resistant sealant in any spaces between the logs, timbers and wood siding which prevents water and air infiltration.

Our caulking and sealing forms a tough elastic filler and coating with excellence stability against ultraviolet rays, ozone, mold, mildew, water leaks and airborne contaminates. It is very important to seal any locations where water can easily accumulate. If these areas are left unsealed, they become sites where rot and water damage can occur and cool winds can leak inside the home.

4. LONG LASTING STAIN PROTECTION

We offer a variety of stain color options to create a unique look and feel for your home. Timber Ridge sprays on two coat of stain and then back brushes the stain to ensure an even coating and deep saturation within every inch of the log. Our long-lasting stain has been tested in the harshest weather conditions including rain, snow, ice, wind and sun.

The secret behind Timber Ridge’s exterior stain is its superior adhesion and continuous seal and protection. Whereas other lower-quality finishes have poor adhesion to wood which causes the stain to peel, bubble and develop holes and gaps. Mold and rot will develop on any unprotected wood when exposed to weather.

Our state of the art resin creates a flexible and tough seal on your log home, while providing protection from UV degradation, color fading and adhesion loss. This water-resistant film also allows the wood to breath as trapped moisture evaporates from the logs. Contact us to learn more about our warranty and how our durable stain has continuously been proven to stand above any other sealant protection.

5. ULTRAVIOLET CLEAR COAT

Timber Ridge’s exterior top coat works like the clear-coat on your car by protecting the paint color. Our superior finish extends the life of the stain by adding depth and highlights to your home, while preventing the stain color from fading. Without this protective coat, the ultraviolet light in sunlight causes the logs to loses its luster as the logs darken and have a gray appearance.

This ultraviolet inhibitor allows the wood to breath to allow trapped water to evaporate. Not only does Timber Ridge’s exterior top coat repels water, but provides a superior sheen finish that is easy to keep clean. We recommend a simple cleaning once a year to enhance the top coat’s protection and to allow it to work at its maximum performance.h provides them the flexibility to handcraft their logs in a wide variety of shapes, styles and sizes for any kind of home.

6. SEAL LOG CORNERS

On a solid log home, the corners of the home where the logs extend pass the adjacent wall it is vital to seal off all the end grains. On any logs with end grain exposed, we apply a thick rubbery paint that dries clear. The top surface and the end grains of the logs are coated with our weather resistant coating. The end-grain of wood is particularly vulnerable and can act like tiny straws, drawing excessive moisture into the wood. In the long winter months, as snow sits on the top surface of the logs, this thick paint acts as a water-repellent barrier while sealing and protecting the wood from weather damage.

9 STEPS TO RESTORE AND PRESERVE YOUR LOG HOME

1. INSPECTION

Before Timber Ridge starts their detailed process to preserving your log home, we search for any signs of water damage, insect infestation and sealing issues. After our thorough inspection, we discuss any areas of concern and prepare the home for a air-tight seal. Contact us to schedule an inspection on your pre-existing log home or cabin.

2. PREPERATION

Timber Ridge Log Homes provides a fresh start for preparing and sealing the wood by stripping down each log to the bare wood. By removing all the original worn, peeling and lower quality paint or stain, it allows a fresh surface to apply an even coat and tone of new stain. We will media blast all the logs down to fresh, new clean layer of wood. We prefer media blasting over other methods as chemical stripping or hand grinding.

Chemical strippers are harsh and require a mass amount of pressure washing dramatically raising the moisture content in the wood and doesn’t always remove all the old finish or old grey sun bleached wood. Hand grinding leaves a good finish but it’s very labor intensive and you can’t get into call the cracks and corners like you can with media blasting. We use a medium crushed glass abrasive so it won’t tear up the and leave a perfect finish for proper stain adhesion.

We then begin with a clean surface to prepare the logs for preservation process. Timber Ridge uses a low pH wood cleaner to remove all dirt and glass media without harming the wood. As opposed to harsh bleach solutions, our log wash does not cause stress or upset the natural pH balance of the wood. If the wood fibers are damaged, iron stains develop and the logs will have a grey, dull appearance. A light cleaning once a year will help keep your home looking brilliant and beautiful, while prolonging the life of the exterior’s finish to withstand harsh weather conditions which can become a settling ground for dirt, pollen and other contaminants that encourage mold growth

3. ROT REPAIR

If your log home has rotten logs We will study the rotten areas, remove all rotten wood and Depending on the severity of the rot we use several different methods for repair. If the wood isn’t to deteriorated our most common repair is epoxy patches. We also have done other repairs from log surface replacement all the way to complete log removal and replacement.

4. AIR-TIGHT SEALING

After all the rot is repaired, we then seal the home to provide an air-tight moisture-tight and energy efficient home. Timber Ridge Log Homes uses an outstanding water resistant sealant in any spaces between the logs, timbers and wood siding which prevents water and air infiltration.

Our caulking and sealing forms a tough elastic filler and coating with excellence stability against ultraviolet rays, ozone, mold, mildew, water leaks and airborne contaminates. It is very important to seal any locations where water can easily accumulate. If these areas are left unsealed, they become sites where rot and water damage can occur and cool winds can leak inside the home.

5. WOOD GUARD

Here at Timber Ridge, we like to provide an extra step to help increase the logs durability. Before applying a stain to the exterior of the home, we apply a wood guard to provide the ultimate protection against insects and rot.

This borate-glycol wood preservative has low V.O.C.s, does not contaminate the water and is overall environmentally safe. This colorless and odorless preservative uses the same glycols that are found in many foods and skin care products. Timber Ridge uses a ready to use mixture to apply to the bare wood as a spray.

The effectiveness of the borate combined with a glycol system, increases the penetration into the wood. Once applied onto the wood, this environmentally safe preservative will kill any wood eating insects and fungi that is responsible for rot and decay. Timber Ridge’s wood preservative is an ideal choice to repel and guard against any wood destroying organisms.

6. SEALING THE WOOD PORES

Media blasting cuts off the old top layer of stain finish and wood. The assure proper stain coverage and prevent possible stain blotching we spray on a wood sealer to close all the pores on the surface of the logs.

7. LONG LASTING STAIN PROTECTION

After the wood preservative and guard is sprayed and allowed to saturate the wood for at least 24 hours, the wood stain is applied. We offer a variety of stain color options to create a unique look and feel for your home. Timber Ridge first sprays on two coats of stain and then back brushes the stain to ensure an even coating and deep saturation within every inch of the log. Our long-lasting stain has been tested in the harshest weather conditions including rain, snow, ice, wind and sun.

The secret behind Timber Ridge’s exterior stain is its superior adhesion and continuous seal and protection. Whereas other lower-quality finishes have poor adhesion to wood which causes the stain to peel, bubble and develop holes and gaps. Mold and rot will develop on any unprotected wood when exposed to weather.

Our state of the art resin creates a flexible and tough seal on your log home, while providing protection from UV degradation, color fading and adhesion loss. This water-resistant film also allows the wood to breath as trapped moisture evaporates from the logs. Contact us to learn more about our warranty and how our durable stain has continuously been proven to stand above any other sealant protection.

8. ULTRAVIOLET CLEAR COAT

Timber Ridge’s exterior top coat works like the clear-coat on your car by protecting the paint color. Our superior finish extends the life of the stain by adding depth and highlights to your home, while preventing the stain color from fading. Without this protective coat, the ultraviolet light in sunlight causes the logs to loses its luster as the logs darken and have a gray appearance.

This ultraviolet inhibitor allows the wood to breath to allow trapped water to evaporate. Not only does Timber Ridge’s exterior top coat repels water, but provides a superior sheen finish that is easy to keep clean. We recommend a simple cleaning once a year to enhance the top coat’s protection and to allow it to work at its maximum performance.

9. SEAL LOG CORNERS

On a solid log home, the corners of the home where the logs extend pass the adjacent wall it is vital to seal off all the end grains. On any logs with end grain exposed, we apply a thick rubbery paint that dries clear. The top surface and the end grains of the logs are coated with our weather resistant coating. The end-grain of wood is particularly vulnerable and can act like tiny straws, drawing excessive moisture into the wood. In the long winter months, as snow sits on the top surface of the logs, this thick paint acts as a water-repellent barrier while sealing and protecting the wood from weather damage.

PRODUCTS WE USE

PERMA-CHINK

At Timber Ridge Log Homes we feel it’s important to work with products you’ve had proven success with. We have been using Perma-Chink products since 2004. Perma-Chink is the leader in the log home maintenance industry and feels so confident with proper maintenance they offer a 5 year warranty.

UPKEEP MADE SIMPLE

Maintaining your Timber Ridge Log Home is simple. The cedar we use for construction does most of the work for you. Cedar contains a natural insect repellent. Its low water content and strong wood fibers help cedar maintain its beauty and integrity under the harshest conditions.

MAINTENANCE IS EASY

Once or twice a year, depending on your location, you’ll need to inspect your home, much like you’d inspect your furnace or clean your chimney. It is also good to do a log wash once or twice a year to keep your logs clean from dirt and mildew. Timber Ridge can make it even easier to keep a schedule with our Automated Maintenance Reminders. Timber Ridge can help you with yearly maintenance.

PERMA-CHINK MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY

If your stain is applied properly and includes one topcoat, Perma-Chink Systems provides a 3-year warranty for its stains and topcoats. On the third year is the logs are washed and an additional topcoat is applied your warranty will be extended for another 2 years for a total of 5 years. It is recommended to apply a topcoat once every 3-4 years to prolong the life of your stain.

CEDAR VS. PINE

When it comes to maintenance, choosing cedar over pine can save you time and effort in the long run. Cedar provides many maintenance advantages over pine when used to construct log homes. Cedar naturally produces preservatives that make it one of the most decay, rot and insect resistant wood species. Because of this natural resistance, you’ll reduce the need for harsh and expensive chemical treatments to protect your home from damaging insects or moisture.

PEST CONTROL

It’s a good idea to have a pest control treat your property once a year for carpenter ants and other wood boring insects. Also, keep an eye out for other pest as bird nest, wood peckers and squirrels making holes into your logs and soffits.

LANDSCAPING FOR LOG HOME LIVING

Landscaping and be a big factor in how intensive the maintenance of your log home will be. Keep all shrubs and trees away from the house and try to maintain at least 4’ clearance around your home. Plants growing up close to your home will trap moisture and prevent the wood from drying out. On the other hand, trees growing farther away out in your yard is great for shade and wind break to help protect your home. If you have an irrigation system be certain that no water and reach your log walls. Check your sprinkler heads often and make sure in windy conditions water can’t be blown against the house. Continual water on your home is a guarantee to eventually have wood rot.

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