2 Ways To Keep Your Log Vacation Home In Good Shape Year-Round

Even though you don't live in your log home year-round, it is important to take steps to keep your property in optimal condition whether you're spending time there or not. Here are a couple of things you can do to make sure that your log vacation home is in great shape every time you visit:

Stain the Entire Exterior

Not only will staining the exterior of your log home keep it looking nice and new as time goes on, but the process is sure to protect the place from rot, reduce the chance of sun damage, and minimize the discoloration of your wood. You can use a stain that's tinted to create a unique hue on your home's logs, or keep things simple and use a transparent stain that lets the natural beauty of the wood shine through.

It's a good idea to hire a professional to get the job done. This will ensure that all of the nooks and crannies are treated and that you have access to a warranty for the work that's done so, if the stain doesn't work or something goes wrong that shouldn't, you won't have to pay out-of-pocket to pick up the pieces.

Plant a Few Trees in the Yard

It may surprise you to know that, by landscaping with trees, you may be able to increase your property's overall value by up to 20 percent, but the benefits of trees don't stop there. By planting trees around your log home, they'll offer weather protection and increase the place's energy efficiency. Consider planting hedges as close to your home as possible without inhibiting use of the doors and windows. Then plant deciduous trees in the vicinity, especially near your exterior HVAC unit.

The hedges will act as a windbreak and help reduce damage to the logs your home is made of. The deciduous trees will keep your home cool during the summer because they're full of large leaves that provide shade. During the winter, deciduous trees tend to lose those leaves, which then allows the sun's heat to penetrate the home, so your HVAC system doesn't have to be used as often. Fruit trees are also great options because they'll provide some weather protection and give you free food throughout the year.

By implementing these tips and tricks, you should arrive at a beautiful log home that's in optimal shape every time you show up for a visit.