WHEN INSPECTING THE GENERAL EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING, LOOK FOR:
- Landscape plants within 36 inches of exterior walls. Landscaping tips.
- Gutters & down spouts everywhere in good working order.
- Check for decaying wood within 12 inches of (or especially in contact with) ground.
- Wood piles at least 18 inches away from house.
- General patterns of fading of the finish.
- Look more carefully at areas that are most exposed to weather. South- and West-facing walls usually receive more sun exposure. Walls facing prevailing winds are exposed to more rain.
- Pay special attention to all logs and ends extending to or beyond roof overhangs.
- Make sure that no sprinkler directs water at the wall. Including water patterns on windy days!
CHECK FOR WEATHERING PATTERNS THAT CAN INCLUDE:
- Fading of the finish.
- Water staining on exposed log ends.
- Water staining on exposed walls.
WHEN INSPECTING THE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING UP CLOSE, LOOK FOR:
- Dirt, dust, pollens, etc. on upward facing portion of logs. Clean this off with Log Wash solution.
- Inspect for any cracking, peeling or blistering of finish.
- Check water repellent quality of finish. Spray or splash water on walls, then look for it to “sheet”. Read more here.
- Inspect for presence of molds or mildews.
- On top of finish (can it be washed off?)
- Underneath finish (cannot be washed off)
- Upward facing checks (1/4 inch or wider), if any, should be sealed. Use Check Mate 2 and backer rod. Read how here.
- Carefully inspect logs for signs of moisture.
- Discolored wood
- Softened wood
- Inspect integrity of all sealant joinery (Perma-Chink, Energy Seal, Check Mate 2) at log-log interfaces, windows, doors, checks, roof lines or any potential air or water intrusion points.
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This article provided by Perma-Chink Systems, whose products are included with Honest Abe Log Homes’ kits.