Top Coat strives for a greener tomorrow in all of its Log Home Restorations. We use the most eco-friendly method of stripping and preparing your wood during its restoration. Our media is bio-degradable and chemical free! Help keep our land and water free of harmful pollutants by choosing to cob blast instead of chemically stripping.
Borate Treatment for your Log Home Restoration
One of the most important ways to protect your investment, your home, is to use a wood preservative on your logs. There are only two times that you can effectively use these products on your logs. When the home is built, before it is stained, or after cob blasting a finish off of your logs, before you re-stain. The wood preservative must be applied to raw wood, so it can soak in and dry underneath the stain.
Cedar Siding Staining for your Log Home Restoration
Though we specialize in working with log structures, we also work with cedar siding as well as other wood siding. Cedar siding is also susceptible to the same issues as log, such as U.V. damage, insect and fungi and moisture problems.
Deck & Fence Staining for your Log Home Restoration
I think anyone would agree that decks are a great way to add usable square footage to the living space of your home and also entertain company while enjoying the outdoors. Decks are also some of the toughest wood surfaces that exist to take care of and keep in good shape.
Impel Rods for your Log Home Restoration
Impel Rods are a highly concentrated solid form, water diffusible borate rod. They are ideal for both preventative treatments of high risk areas and remedial treatments in areas with existing decay. Because Impel Rods stop decay when properly used, there is no need to replace decay damaged, yet structurally sound logs! Decay prone and rot hot spot areas at greatest risk include: base logs, corner construction, exposed rafters or overhangs, and below windows, doors, and dormers.
Log Home Chinking & Caulking for your Log Home Restoration
With utility costs soaring, it is very important to maintain tight seals in between logs and around windows and doors. Log homes are the toughest structures to keep sealed properly. This is just the nature of the beast. Logs move. Logs shrink as the moisture leaves them and they crack or check. Logs lose size and dimension both longitudinally and lattitudinally. They are constantly moving and changing. They breathe. The logs take on moisture and then release it again. That is why it is so important that the stain applied to them breathes. Most sealants, caulk and chinking, will not tolerate this amount of movement by the logs.
Log Home Cob Blasting (Corn Cob Blasting) for your Log Home Restoration
We at Top-Coat feel that generally, corn cob blasting is the best overall method of dealing with many log related problems. Some other methods for removal of failing finishes, sun-burned wood, mold and mildew issues, etc., are sand blasting or chemical stripping. Sand blasting is a method that is still commonly used, but this method is excessively damaging to the wood, blowing away too much good wood and profiling the logs!
Log Home Maintenance & Repair Consultation for your Log Home Restoration
It is recommended that annually or semi-annually, a thorough inspection be done on your log home. This can be done by the homeowner, or we at Top-Coat can provide this service for you. If we are hired to do the inspection, we will Inspect and test all exterior surfaces for water repellency. The stain can look fine on logs and actually be absorbing excessive moisture which will of course lead to rot and other negative issues.
Log Home Pre-Purchase Inspections
One of the biggest mistakes that you could make as a potential log home buyer is not to know what you are getting into! Many people hire home inspectors for conventional homes, and this is a very smart idea. Also, when looking to purchase a log home, it would be understandable, that in the excitement of the moment it would be easy to forget to hire someone knowledgeable about log homes to inspect it.
Log Home Pressure Washing for your Log Home Restoration
Pressure washing is also a service that we provide. Most of the time this is a service that is provided in conjunction with other services, but there are times that a customer may want to do some of the work themselves on their home. They may want to stain the home themselves, but not have the equipment or the know-how to clean up the wood properly before doing the staining.