The most common education we provide to our Pacific Northwest clients is this: log homes are not the same as the standard American home that is built. Even with extreme diversity of home styles, from Ranches, Craftsman, Victorian, and everything in-between, those homes have MUCH more in common with each other than they do with a log home.
We use a vehicle analogy: when you buy that new car from the dealership, open your glove box and read the owner’s manual. There’s an entire section dedicated to “maintenance schedule” on your car:
- Oil changes and tire rotations every 5,000 miles
- Tune-ups at 30k, 60k, 90k, and 120k miles
- Brakes replaced every couple years
- Hoses, lines, and belts replaced
- Batteries and fuses checked and replaced
- The list goes on and on.
The good news is, if you care for your car with regular maintenance, there’s no reason it won’t drive for 250k miles or more. This is the same with your log home.
The average American home does NOT need the maintenance of a log home; sure, you’ll re-paint once a decade or less, and your appliances will need to be replaced every decade or so, but that’s about it. There are thousands of homes in Oregon that were built between 1880-1920 that are still standing and strong, with minimal maintenance.
If you treat your log home like that, you’ll lose it to weathering, pests, rot, and more.
The good news is that proper maintenance of your log home probably isn’t as expensive as you think it is. Whether you’re facing the harsh wind and rain of the Oregon Coast, or the extreme dryness of the Eastern Oregon high desert, we can care for an beautify your log home.
Give us a call at 541-343-8838 or fill out the form below to schedule your estimate!