Protecting and maintaining your logs should be an easy job, but in most cases, its one that is highly neglected or forgotten. Treatment to protect your logs should begin before the actual construction begins and should continue for the life of your home. Maintaining your timber is an important step you can take to preserve your logs. When treating and protecting your logs, here are some of the available options you can employ.
You can treat and preserve your logs through drying. Water inside the wood can have a lot of harmful organisms that can trigger the agents of decay. The first step you should take as a homeowner is to dry your logs to reduce the levels of moisture content. You can air dry the logs for about a year or consider heating the logs in kilns to minimize moisture and kill insect larvae.
Sodium borate is specially designed for treating woods, specifically lumber, and equally other solid wood products. Borate, which has a low solubility is used for the preservative treatment of wood composites. Borate takes advantage of moisture content in the wood to penetrate as deep as it can. Borate is highly effective in destroying insects, as a fungicide and for anti-corrosive formations. As a homeowner, you can protect your logs from fungi and insects by dipping logs in tanks that are filled with a borate-based solution or just by infusing them with borate preservation using pressure treating.
Bleach and water combined with a little detergent have been an impressive and long-lasting recommendation for treating dirty wood. Cleaning works pretty well, it is simple, fast and cheap. However, not that cleaning can destroy cellulose in the wood if it’s left on the surface for a long time. You can purchase prepared cleaning solutions and apply them to clean your logs.
The next possible option when taking care of your logs is by the use of wood preservatives. The most important role and work of a preservative are to repel the primary enemies of your logs such as water and other insects. The most damaging effect of water is that it promotes mold and mildew thus attracting insects and fungi. All these aspects break down the wood and wear it down. With wood preservatives, you should also have maintenance schedules depending on the type of logs you are taking care of, and climatic conditions.