Your family is so overjoyed about spending a weekend at your special retreat that they may not realize how much work is involved in having a place – but as an owner you know better and somehow you feel exhausted by maintaining it, however, small efforts make a big difference when preserving and maintaining your cabin, and today’s products make the jobs easier. Some projects are easy to do yourself, such as simple cleaning and re-application of the previously used wood-protein product. If you can’t safely access parts of your home’s exterior call in a pro.
Walk around your retreat to inspect the ground around your foundation, the soil should slope down from the cabin to promote adequate drainage away from the foundation. If the soil has compacted near your cabin since construction causing a negative slope, you may need to correct this with several yards of fresh top soil.
OVERSIZE YOUR OVERHANGS
Eaves that are at least 2 to 3 feet deep will help protect your exterior wood walls from excessive moisture and sun exposure.
COVER YOUR GUTTERS
A mesh cover on top of your gutters and downspouts will help keep leaves and debris out while allowing rainwater to filter through. Screening debris out will prevent moisture from backing up under the eaves and leaking inside. If your gutters need replacing consider replacing them with one that have leaf-blocking built in.
Like your skin, wood is susceptible to sun damage. Harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause the surface of wood to break down, so consider using pigmented stains and product infused with UB combatants to protect your exterior logs, cedar siding and decking against sun damage.