Prolonged exposure to the sun's harmful rays can cause quite a bit of damage to a log cabin. This is exactly why it's important to take extra care of log cabins in order to ensure they not only remain pleasant to look at, but also structurally sound to ensure the safety of everyone inside them. Let's take a look at some of the ways to help ensure log cabins remain safe and maintained this summer.

Log cabin maintenance 

Wood rot

If you've ever been inside of a cabin and have noticed a strong, foul odour coming from the walls, then chances are it's undergoing a case of wood rot. This is caused by a fungus and insects that discolour and ultimately destroy wood altogether. Wood rot can be the cause of complete structural failure in a log cabin, so it's important to get it dealt with as soon as possible in order to have any chance of repairing the damage that the cabin is currently experiencing.

The most common way of doing this is by using a wood preservative. Preservative contains a chemical that penetrates the wood and gets to the root of the fungus, which destroys it and any accompanying growth altogether. It is always important to handle these chemicals with care. They're classified as pesticides, so can be quite toxic to the atmosphere and surrounding land. However, they're often the only reasonable means of treating wood rot and protecting a cabin from complete destruction.

The use of wood preservative isn't the nicest smelling option, either. However, when the alternative is a sickly fungus growing in the wood, then the right choice should be quite clear. The smell of using wood preservative can remain within a cabin for quite some time: it's therefore important to be present to air out the rooms for as long as possible. The use of electric fans can also assist with this.

Water repellents

A second treatment option that many log cabin owners choose to undertake is using a water repellent. Similar to a preservative, repellents penetrate the wood and form a waterproof barrier that's loaded with regenerating oils and waxes that not only restore logs to their former vibrancy, but also ensure that they remain less porous to water's damaging effects. The use of water repellents should be a regular treatment option: they should be done every couple of years, according to the manufacturer's instructions, in order to ensure the cabin remains as impervious to water as possible.

Repellents contain a small amount of preservatives, too. However, they won't be present in the strength required to deal with wood rot, so mustn't be used as first line defence option. They are a secondary option to be used as a protective feature once the initial causes of degradation have been dealt with.

Security

The structural integrity of the wood isn't all that cabin owners require to think about this season. While protecting the wood will ensure the structure remains sound, it's always a wise idea to reconsider the security options that help ensure the structure is around in the first place.

This means checking and replacing smoke detectors and considering carbon monoxide detectors, where conventional and more traditional heating options often found in log cabins can create dangerous levels of the noxious gas.

Similarly, it is wise to reconsider the exterior security options, such as upgrading locks and security systems. While log cabins don't tend to be the target of rampant burglaries and thefts, it is always better to ensure would-be predators move onto their next victim and leave your property alone.

Staining

As a final treatment option to consider, it might be wise to consider the use of log stain in order to help replenish some of the natural vibrancy found within the wood. This will understandably be a very labour intensive job, so must not be undertaken without considerable thought being paid to the true costs of it beyond the price tag. However, applying a coat of log stain could restore the cabin to its former lustre when it was first built. When combined with other treatments like water repellents, a stain could be just the ticket to creating one of the best cosmetic appearances in the exterior of a log cabin.