There are several characteristics of quality log home stains you should look for. The following are items we’ve determined qualify a stain as a quality stain, not ordered by importance.
Easy to clean up
High UV protection
Not a lot of maintenance
It’s our opinion that breathability is the characteristic that most determines the quality of a stain. Logs will naturally attract moisture, regardless of finish, so the logs being able to breathe is crucial to the life of a log home. With so many cracks on the surface of the logs, it’s very easy for water to penetrate a log home stain. This can cause mildew and rotting and is why we love a good breathable stain.
In addition, when your stain is breathable, we believe the overall costs of maintenance decreases. Breathable stains give finishes a dry surface to adhere to, rather than a damp one. Moisture making its way under a finish can cause peeling, cracking, and flaking.
If you have questions about restoring your log home and what kind of stain you should use, give us a call or fill out our restoration cost request form on our website.