Log cabins are incredibly eco-friendly and an ideal living space, so it is natural that you will want to maintain it in all of its splendor!
It is important to remember that wooden homes do require maintenance and special maintenance at that in order to keep them in a good condition.
For maintenance tips that will help you extend the life of your log cabin, continue reading!
Focus on using inorganic materials on the base
As your log cabin is made of wood, it is at risk of attracting pests that can damage the wood such as termites, wood ants, even cockroaches, if your wooden walls are sat directly on the ground.
In order to deter the insects from destroying your log cabin, it is advised to begin the construction of your log cabin about one or two feet of inorganic building material, then continuing to lay logs on top of that. You are able to use any inorganic that you prefer, a common choice by cabins owners are rocks.
Be mindful where you plant your shrubbery
When planting, you need to be mindful of what is going where. The logs of the cabin tend to grow mold and will rot if they do not dry properly after rain and snowfall. In order to allow air to circulate around your cabin better, refrain from planting any trees or shrubbery at least within a five-foot radius.
More air will be able to reach the log walls without restriction and dry them out quicker and thoroughly.
Install a French drain
A French drain is a rock-filled trench that contains perforated pipes. The trench will draw in rainwater which will then trickle through the gravel into the pipe, then carried away.
Installing this feature is to draw the rainwater that would pool up around your cabin and inevitably rot the logs, or soak the soil around your cabin and cause it to sink.
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