New construction or an existing home, we have you covered. Here are the services we offer and a little about our full restoration process.
THE LOG MASTER PROCESS
Upon arrival, we will mask off using tarps and plastic on any painted surfaces, gutters, windows and areas that could be damaged by the stripping process. After all areas are properly protected, we remove the old finish by using media blasting or chemical stripping techniques depending upon the degree and condition of the existing finish.
If during this step rotted logs are discovered and need to be replaced or repaired, we will remove any rotted logs, replacing them with brand new partial or full logs. In some cases, we will detail sand your entire log home to prepare for the finest finish possible.
After the stripping process, we will use a log home wash product to remove any dust or debris left behind from the removal and sanding process to leave your logs clean and smooth like new. Once your log home is clean, we apply a 10% Borate treatment over the entire structure to assure your home is protected from termites and other wood destructive insects and fungus.
If your home needs any energy sealant (for tight log gap areas), we will apply it between all logs, wood joints, and large cracks to preventing future water damage and cold drafts.
If a water-based stain is used, we will apply a heavy coat of prelude primer to all wood surfaces which will seal in the borate treatment. After a coat of stain (color of your choice) is applied to the logs, a clear top coat is applied to protect your logs and stain from the elements.
If an oil based stain is to be used, we will usually apply two to three heavy coats to guarantee protection.
If chinking is a desired style, or necessary for wider log gaps, we will then chink in between all log joints to ensure that your log home is sealed from any weather conditions.
Log Masters always does a thorough clean up of your job site including cleaning all windows, down spouts, gutters, and removing all work debris. Not all log homes are the same, so this process may be different in some cases.
- Media blasting is a process in which an abrasive material, such as recycled crushed glass or ground walnut hulls, is pushed out of a hose at high pressure to remove the existing surface revealing fresh clean wood. This is the preferred method of Log Masters!
- Chemical stripping utilizes an Eco-Friendly gel stripper sprayed on the entire home, that reaches into the pores of the wood to release paint or other film building products. After the instructed dwell time, the house is then pressure washed clean reveal a new clean wood surface. Although rarely used, this is very effective!
- Log rot can sound scary, but rest assured our name speaks for itself! Our crews are trained to hunt down problem areas and get them fixed immediately! Our experts will cut the affected area out of the house and replace it with a half or full log, depending on the severity, and seal it water tight to prevent any further issues. Nothing is too big or too small for Log Masters!
- Staining is an important process to protect your home from the environment. We use only high quality stains from the top log home suppliers. With a wide variety of colors to choose from between our water based stain and oil penetrating stain, we will help you select to best look and protection for your home.
- Chinking is very important to maintain! While also providing a great look to large round or beam style log homes, keeping the gaps sealed helps conserve energy by reducing wind draft and unwanted elements from entering your home causing you to constantly play with the thermostat!
- Caulking is very similar to chinking. This process is commonly used for smaller log sized homes or around windows and doors. The concept is the same though, keep the unwanted elements out! Call today to find out which option is right for you!
- Sanding is an elective when it comes to a media blasted home. While not necessary, it does provide a nice look and can remove any problem areas that may have been left behind by blasting. It, however, is an important step after chemical stripping a log home. Pressure washing can leave a wood surface fuzzy or splinters. Sanding will bring back that fresh milled look!
- Pressure washing. Pressure washing is used when we wash the house and anytime we use a chemical striping agent. Washing the home is done at a lower pressure than the stripping process. When washing to remove old finishes, a high pressure intensive wash is necessary.