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Log homes can be extremely appealing and attractive, especially when they're well maintained and protected against weather elements.

If you don't protect the logs against weathering, the initial attractiveness will quickly fade as the sun's harsh ultraviolet rays rob all their natural color and appeal.

Even worse, as the logs dry out, they will lose their ability to repel moisture and keep the interior of the home safe and dry. That makes it essential that you take steps to protect the exterior of your log home against all the possible elements of weather, as well as the everyday rays of the sun.

Forces that act on the logs

The two strongest forces which act on the logs of your home will always be sunlight and moisture. By themselves, even these two agents will not significantly cause your log surfaces to deteriorate.

However, they are certainly capable of establishing conditions wherein other very destructive forces can get the upper hand, and cause serious damage to your logs.

Exposure to extended sunshine will cause the lignin in wood to break down, and lignin is the substance which actually binds wood fibers together to create a tight shield against potential attacks.

Once the lignin has been broken down in your logs, it will become very easy for any kind of exposure to water to simply erode the loosened wood fibers, and seriously degrade the logs.

You may have heard that some species of wood have natural resistance to decay, and offer a certain amount of protection against natural forces.

Keep in mind that what's true of a living tree is not necessarily true of the logs produced from it, and if those logs are not protected somehow, they will definitely be subject to attack by the forces of nature.

Other attacking agents

Once your log home has been made vulnerable to attack by moisture or ultraviolet rays, it becomes possible for other forces to also assault the logs. Once wood has been weekend, fungi can form and these will feed on the starches and sugars which comprise the logs of your home.

Exposed and vulnerable homes can also be subject to attack by wood-boring beetles and termites.

Left unchecked, these varmints can literally destroy the structure of any log home, and can weaken it to the point where it becomes uninhabitable.

So what is really needed to protect and preserve the beauty of the logs which make up your log home is a mixture of something which includes a fungicide, an ultraviolet blocker, a water repellent, and an insecticide.

Fortunately, such a mixture is readily available in virtually all hardware stores, and if applied conscientiously, it will certainly deliver the kind of protection needed by your log home.

The most effective wood stain

When you're searching for a product to provide maximum protection to your log home, make sure that you consider those products which are specifically formulated for log homes. Don't purchase ordinary deck sealer or similar products, because they won't be adequate to provide all the necessary protection for your logs.

The only way to be sure of getting permanent protection is to use the right wood stain and to adopt a regular program of maintenance which adds more stain when needed.

The very best wood stain on the market for log homes is Sikkens Wood Stain, and this is what you should be using to make your log home impervious to all the natural forces which might attack it. This particular wood stain was developed with log homes in mind, and it provides the utmost protection against all those agents which might undermine or degrade your beautiful log home.

Adam Hambleton, owner
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