Log Home repair – maintenance

As the owner of Magpie Property Inspections, I recently inspected this home hear Parker Colorado. As a Certified Home inspector, I thought I would share some basic information regarding log homes and some photo examples of repair and maintenance for those who are interested in, or own, a log home. Some of this information has been taken from Log Building Maintenance and Restoration’s web site.

The restoration of a log home requires water repellent and protection against the suns UV rays. It is essential that a quality product is used to protect the home. Special types of stains and coatings are available to protect log homes.  The stain used should is specifically designed to protect your home in all weather conditions or elevations.


These days, the media utilized in the removal of aged and deteriorated finishes is a biodegradable, non-toxic method favored by log home professionals. Often corn cob or walnut shell material  is used to blast old finishes off the logs to prepare for re-staining. This method is proven to remove up to 98% of the existing finish and produces a clean, dry and textured surface ideal for optimal penetration and adhesion of stains and other finishes.

As the logs acclimate to your region, occasional failures in chinking may occur, because of the movement of the logs, and/or the aging process. It may crack, or become soft and lose effectiveness. It is important to inspect and repair any damaged chinking




Log homes are a natural attraction for bees, insects and other pests. They, along with the weather, can take a toll on any log home which is why it is necessary to caulk cracks and gaps. As a log home stands through the seasons, its’ logs will grow and shrink in the hot and cold weather; this causes cracks in the wood and gaps between the logs. In order to keep the weather out and your heating and cooling bill down, caulking the home can be very beneficial.