From a humble beginning, log siding of today is a far cry from the products of the past. The first log sided houses started showing up in the early nineteen hundreds when there were a lot of local sawmills operating. The “slabs” left over from squaring up a log were often used as siding instead of boards or shingles; not so much for the log look, as times were harder in those days, but to save money. As you can imagine (or remember, depending on your age) slab houses did look rustic. In the heyday of the lumber industry in the northwest, many of the logging communities were even called “slab towns.”
But why log siding? Many people love to have it. It is because of their passion for communing with nature inside their place of abode in order to escape the reality of being shrouded with the noise and pollution of city living.
With this type of siding, people in houses with it, somehow feel peace. Log siding also helps to broaden the dweller’s imagination of being close to nature inside their house. It gives them the freedom to relax and savor the peace of that cozy ambiance it will surely bring in.
But have you ever thought of how much it would cost you to have this particular siding type in your home? Maybe you would say yes or maybe not. Then if not, maybe you should ask some experts first. According to some friends and to some articles about this that I have come across in my constant net surfing, it would cost you a lot especially if you choose the real log for that purpose. The kind of log also matters a lot in trying to come up with the best log siding you wish to have in your house.
But, despite all these, you have nothing to worry about. You can still have that dream log siding in your home with less cost. But in this modern generation almost everything can now be copied mimic and yet still look as if it is indeed the real thing. Log siding is no exception. You can have a much cheaper one by using vinyl which is colored and with the texture that easily mimics the appearance of the real log. Yes, it may not be for real, but it looks so real. So, what is the big deal after all?
Tips for Cleaning Log Siding
Most people do not like the idea of cleaning. They have plenty of other things they would rather be doing with their time and energy. However, people also love their home, and they know that it needs a good cleaning before applying the stain. Those who are building a new home, as well as those who are simply maintaining their property and getting ready to apply another coat of stain, need to ensure the logs are good and clean before beginning. The following are some simple and easy tips that can help homeowners to get their log siding ready to stain.
Look for Mill Glaze.
Some new log homes might have mill glaze, which is simply a hard glossy glaze that covers some or all of the logs. This generally happens during the log-cutting phase, but it is not really much of a worry. It is possible to let the logs age for a bit, and the glaze will go away. For those who do not have the time, they can sand the logs very lightly, or even use a professional product as a means to remove the glaze. Those who decide to sand the logs – lightly – will need to remove the dust created by the sanding. Start by sweeping it off the logs and then use a hose to remove the remainder of the sawdust.
Cleaning the Surface
The logs need to be as clean as possible, as this will allow the wood stain to adhere to them properly. Hand cleaning and using a hose on the logs is typically the best and gentlest option available to remove the dirt, dust, pollen, and other elements that can accumulate on the log siding.
Of course, for larger properties, this can take more time than some people may want to spend. An option that could work is to use a power washer. However, it is important to keep the stream from the power washer relatively light, as if used improperly it could damage seals, log caulking, and even the grain of the wood. Homeowners need to be careful if they choose to employ this method. If the time allows it, hand washing and using a simple garden hose for the cleaning is the best bet.