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In an effort to get the most out of the water repellant sealant on your log home, Permachink recommends a gentle washing of the home at least once a year.  Washing will give you a few positive results including a cleaner appearance, removal of flying insects & mold spoors and is an excellent time to give the home a once over inspection.  In New Hampshire I try to do this in late spring just after the pollen has stopped drifting from the trees.

The tools I like to use are just a five gallon bucket with a little log wash and water.  After hosing down the house I’ll wash it using the same soft brush designed for washing the car.  Then rinse the soap off and that part is done.

During the wash around the house keep your eyes open and a pair of clippers on hand.  Years ago I was inspecting a log home in Florida.  As I got in really close to a gap between the logs and a window I realized I was eye to eye with a pigmy rattlesnake.   Now, I was a lot smaller then than I am today but still a lot bigger than that snake but which of the two of us do you think jumped.  The clippers are to trim back any plant life that’s within about 18 inches of the home.  Eighteen inches of airspace will be enough to get good airflow and not trap moisture on the logs.

Make no bones about it; water is the enemy of the log home.  Any water that can get trapped inside of a log can become a headache.  Any upward facing checks that can collect water should be caulked.  My favorite caulking is Log Builder and can be found for a reasonable price at (http://www.discountloghomesupplies.com/pg_clk.html).  If the check is larger than 3/8 of an inch you should use backer rod.  Small amounts of backer rod are usually available at a local hardware store.  If you need a lot be sure to check out this (http://www.kenseal.com/content/store/backer-rod.cfm) site.   Make sure the gutters are clean and not leaking.  I recently inspected a home where a gutter was depositing water at the top of a butt&pass corner.  That’s pretty much a worst case scenario.   At least there were no snakes in the gutter.   ***

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Welcome to New England Log Home Builders

What We Do and Don’t Do 

New England Log Home Builders does not sell log homes.  Many manufacturers sell log home kits.  At New England Log Home Builders we are builders of log homes.  Instead of selling a kit from one company we focus on constructing the log home after the manufacturer and model have been chosen.  Over the years we’ve built log homes for about a dozen different log home manufacturers. 

Who We Are 

New England Log Home Builders is a small contractor/subcontractor.  At the head of the organization is John Pierce.  John began working in the log home industry in 1979.  New England Log Home Builders works with a small crew with four men at the core and try to never take on more than two log home construction projects at the same time.  Over the years John has found that limiting the work being done to only two projects results in a higher quality log home end product.

Where We Do It

In addition to having built Log Homes from Florida to Maine on the East Coast, John has built log homes in Asia and Central America.  Also one of the core group of four that makes up our team has built a log home in Europe.  At this time we’re trying to stay focused in New Hampshire and South Central Vermont.

A Little More About What We Do

New England Log Home Builders is happy to subcontract the dry-in process from the general contractor, or from the homeowner who wants to act as their own general contractor.  Depending on where you’re planning to build, New England Log Home Builders may be able to work as the general contractor if that’s what you’re looking for.  If you’re looking for a consultant either with a pen in hand or a hammer we can provide that service also. 
 
We also have experence with restoration from simply reconditioning the exterior of the home to replacing water damaged logs and complete sanding and resealing the interior.

New England Log Home Builders

John Pierce | (603) 680 1311 | info@newenglandloghomebuilders.com

 

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