Spring Cleaning Your Prefab Log Cabin
It’s time to get your prefab log cabin ready for vacation season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day and beyond, you’ll be busy making memories. Get the deep cleaning out of the way now so you can enjoy yourself all vacation season long.
By design, your Leland’s cabin doesn’t require any more maintenance than that of a typical house. The roof is actually more durable, as it’s covered in premium metal roofing that has proven consistently to outlive asphalt shingles, which are typically found on most American houses. In case you didn’t purchase a Leland’s cabin, though, we’ll cover all the bases.
Maintaining Your Prefab Log Cabin
Not every cabin is exactly the same, especially here at Leland’s Cabins. We rarely build two identical cabins. As custom log cabin builders, our customers can design their own cabin.
How do you keep your cabin as beautiful as the day you bought it or Leland’s Cabins delivered it? This list can help you do just that. And sticking to a spring-cleaning routine will help you spot any potential wear and tear before it becomes an issue.
Are you ready to get started?
1. Start with Your Siding.
The exterior of your pre-built cabin is the perfect place to begin your spring cleaning. Take a look at the siding and check for:
- Mold or mildew
- Faded or discolored patches
- Any deterioration—look closely along the bottom of the siding and behind any bushes or shrubs you may have planted along the foundation line
At Leland’s Cabins, we offer four siding options that have withstood the test of time for our customers. When you’re purchasing your cabin, be sure to ask for the best plan of care for the siding option you chose, whether you purchased from Leland’s Cabins or somewhere else. At Leland’s, we give our customers the options of LP Smart Panel Siding, LP Smart Lap Siding, smooth split cedar logs, or hand-hewn split cedar logs for the exterior of their cabins.
Why do we choose to offer LP Smart siding as an option along with the more traditional cedar exterior? Because LP Smart products are smartly made to resist mildew, mold, and typical wear. For the LP Smart Panel and LP Smart Lap siding, we finish those with Valspar’s Duramax paint because it’s a flexible paint that will expand and contract, holding up to temperature changes. It is also known for being resistant to fading because of the UV protection built into the paint.
Eventually, though, even the best paint fades or falls prey to mildew.
Dealing with Siding That Needs Some TLC
Let’s say you inspected the exterior of your cabin, and you found mold or mildew on your siding. The solution is simple in this scenario: it’s time for a good power washing.
If any portion of the exterior of your cabin is unsafe for you to reach, then you should always call a professional. That being said, most of us are perfectly capable of power washing our siding. A simple Google search will let you know where you can go to rent a power washer in your area for a day or two.
If you’re not accustomed to physical labor, you might consider giving yourself two afternoons with the power washer so you’re not rushing through to get the power washer back before the equipment rental place closes. There are a variety of cleaning solutions you can use to help you in your efforts as well.
Dealing with a Cedar Siding
Does your cedar siding need to be re-stained and resealed? A good rule of thumb is to have it resealed about as often as your deck. The first step in that process is also a good power washing. But remember, you’re dealing with wood. Wood will swell with an increase in moisture. Don’t power wash it too often, and don’t use a power washer on any cabin that has chinking between the logs.
If there are any gaps between the logs, then those gaps must be dealt with and sealed (an exterior caulk is a good option for gaps less than a half-an-inch wide) before you can use a pressure washer. Otherwise, all the water will end up behind your siding, which is never good.
A pressure washer can damage cedar, so there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Choose an appropriate rate of flow (1500 PSI, for example, is enough to remove graying, but you’ll probably need more power to remove the old sealant if there is any)
- Keep the wand moving
- Use a wide fan setting
- Keep the tip of the wand a couple of feet away from the wood
And when you’re done and it’s all dried out, it’s time to re-stain, reseal, or paint. Whether you need to reseal or apply a new coat of paint, a paint sprayer will become your new best friend.
2. Check Gutters and Overhangs.
Get your gutters ready for the inevitable Texas thunderstorm that will be along any minute now. Clear the gutters and downspouts of debris. Check clips to make sure the gutters are still firmly in place.
While you’re up there, take a look at the underside of any overhangs. Look to make sure the eaves of your roof are still closed off. Look for signs of critters trying to make your cabin their home. Remember that it doesn’t take much of a hole for a squirrel or bird to wiggle its way in and make the place cozy.
3. Take a Peek at the Roof.
If you have a Leland’s cabin, then you have a premium metal roof that will last you decades. But every roof needs to be inspected from time to time. Look for limbs and debris. Check for pockmarks that are indicative of hail damage. Examine the valleys and vents carefully as these are the areas that often fail first.
Don’t be shy, though, if you’d like an expert eye. Call a professional to take a look at the state of your roof at least every five years, more often if there’s been a hailstorm or you have asphalt shingles.
4. Check out Your Foundation.
It doesn’t matter if your cabin is on piers, a concrete slab, or something else entirely, take a peek at what’s happening underneath it all.
Check for cracks or signs of settling. Finding the early signs of potential problems can result in a much smaller maintenance bill.
Besides, if you do have a crawl space, this is the perfect opportunity for you to look more closely at your skirting. How’s it holding up? Does it need another coat of paint?
For maintenance recommendations specific to your Leland’s cabin, contact us today. We’ll be happy to discuss routine maintenance and how often it should be completed with typical wear and tear.