Posted by Michael Whalen on 7/1/2014 to Log Home Stain
Log home owners have the largest array of wood stains available at their fingertips, sometimes the many choices can be daunting, even downright confusing? Every manufacturer will tell you their stain, or system of wood protection is better than their competitors! Where does that leave the consumer? When considering a log home stain, you must be able to identify the characteristics that you want and appreciate in a log home stain. Some acrylic blends have hard shells and clear coats that give the logs a shiny appearance, unfortunately these types of stains are hard to maintain once they have battled the sun and water for a few years, most manufacturers of these types of stains recommend using blasting methods to remove the stain after failure, ouch! That severely damages the logs and causes the logs surface to be pitted, taking out soft grain and leaving the hard grain standing. This process can severely damage the logs over time and causes all kinds of problems with trim, windows, and siding? A very popular type of stain is a penetrating type stain, these types of stain go into the wood and leave a satin, thin layer on the surface of the wood. When the sun and water wears on the finish, a light wash and re-coat is all that is required. There are many brands available on the market that are long lasting and easy to maintain over time with light cleaning and re-coats periodically. At LogStains.com, we sell many products from both spectrums of wood care philosophy, depending on your preference. We carry Lovitt's, Messmer's, Perma-Chink, Sikkens, Flood, and One-Time. We have rated these products based on field and lab testing, input from professional contractors and homeowners personal experiences. Our top rated product line is Lovitt's Coatings, that we have found Lovitt's products to be very long lasting, yet easy to clean and re-coat a few years down the road. View our log home stains and log home related products at www.LogStains.com, our staff is very knowledgeable, friendly, and able to help you make the right decision for stain in your neck of the woods.