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Choosing the Right Wood Treatment for Log Cabins

wood treatment for log cabins

When it comes to log cabins, choosing the right wood treatment is crucial. It needs to be a good quality wood preservative with long-lasting protection against damp, UV rays and fungi.

A good wood treatment will also help keep your log cabin looking as it did on the day it arrived, by controlling moisture, protecting against decay and providing a protective coating to prevent water damage.

Moisture Resistant

Moisture is a major problem when it comes to log cabins. It can lead to rotting of the wood, mildew and mold growth, as well as insect infestation. Fortunately, there are a number of products available that help to protect your cabin from these issues.

First and foremost, you should always make sure that your cabin is properly ventilated. This is because if it is not, moisture and condensation will build up inside the building.

Also, it is essential to check the timber for cracks and splits, which could let rainwater into the building. You should also inspect the chinking or sealant around your windows and doors for any gaps that may allow water to get into your cabin.

If there are any cracks in the timber, then it is best to treat them with a quality wood preserver before they become a problem. This will ensure that your log home is protected against water damage for years to come.

Another effective way of preventing moisture from getting into your log cabin is by using a good quality penetrating drying oil. These oils are vapor permeable, which makes them ideal for moisture control.

Tung oil is one of the most popular oils for use on logs because it offers excellent protection and is able to withstand extreme weather conditions. It is also flexible, meaning that it does not crack and flake off over time like many other oils on the market.

Ideally, you should apply your tung oil a few months after construction is completed, and it should be reapplied at least once a year for the best results. Alternatively, you can use a dark coloured stain to provide additional protection from the elements.

Water Repellent

Water repellent is a type of wood treatment that helps protect your log cabin from damp. It prevents water from soaking into the timber, which can cause swelling and warping, and it also helps keep moisture levels steady.

This is important for your cabin because it helps to keep it looking good and feeling comfortable throughout the year, even in the rain. Additionally, it also protects your log home from rot and other issues like mould and mildew.

A great wood treatment for your log cabin will also help to keep the natural colour of your logs. Many untreated logs fade over time, turning grey, which can be unsightly and isn’t good for the health of your cabin. A wood treatment with colour pigments will block the sun’s UV rays so that your cabin stays looking its best.

Another way to ensure that your log cabin is protected from moisture is to use caulk to fill gaps in the cabin’s exterior. Caulk is typically made of a petroleum-based material that can be applied to all types of wood, and it’s usually thin enough to reach small crevices and cracks.

After applying caulk, make sure to let the caulk dry before moving into the next step of your log cabin’s wood treatment process. This is because if your cabin is too wet, it can warp and swell, which may affect how easily you can open doors and windows.

After a few months, you can start to paint your log cabin’s walls and trims with a wood stain or paint that will protect it from the elements. Be sure to choose a product that is flexible so that it can cope with the movement of your logs throughout the seasons.

UV Protection

Log cabins are beautiful, but they’re also susceptible to the damaging effects of weather and moisture. That’s why they need a wood treatment that protects them from the elements.

One of the best ways to do that is with a wood treatment that provides UV protection. This will help protect the wood from sun damage that can cause it to fade and dry out.

In addition to protecting the wood itself, it can also prevent mould and fungus from growing on the surface. Mold and fungi can lead to severe structural damage to the log cabin that will require costly repairs.

For log cabins, a borate-based preservative, called Penetreat, is used to provide these shielding properties. It is highly effective in preventing mould, fungus, termites and bugs.

Another great way to protect your log home from the elements is with a wood stain that can penetrate deep into the logs. Stains like Sansin’s penetrating Enviro Stain are specially designed to withstand the extreme conditions that your log home faces.

The staining process will also add a decorative effect to your log home. You can choose from a variety of different wood stains to match your home’s theme and style.

Some stains are transparent, while others are solid, so you can decide how much natural beauty you want to preserve. In general, solid-body stains offer more protection against water and sunlight than semitransparent stains.

A good wood stain should contain a maximum amount of pigment and mildew inhibitors as well as some ultraviolet (UV) blockers to help guard the wood from damage. It should be applied in two coats. If you’re not sure about which stain to use, consult an expert.


If your log home is a wood house, you need to make sure it doesn’t turn into a tempting morsel for insects that like to feed on wood. Termites and carpenter bees are two insects that are a threat to your log home.

One of the most important ways to keep your log home pest-free is to use wood that’s naturally immune to them, namely Northern White Cedar. This type of log is a great choice for log homes because it’s rot-resistant, which means it won’t succumb to rot and decay when exposed to moisture.

Alternatively, you can protect your wood by using a wood treatment that’s specifically designed for this purpose. It’s a good idea to do some research before buying a wood treatment, so that you can pick the right product for your specific needs and budget.

Another option is to use a hard wax oil that’s specially formulated to resist dirt, dust and other marks. It’s also durable and liquid repellent, which means it’s easy to apply.

The right wood treatment can help your cabin last longer and look better too! We have a wide range of wood care products that will suit your needs.

A great product for new or bare timbers is Barrettine Mould and Mildew Cleaner, which can be used to remove surface growth and bacteria, before treating the log cabin with Barrettine Premier Universal Preservative. This will prevent mould, mildew and algae growth in the future.

Once the cabin has been treated, a clear exterior wood oil such as Barrettine Log Cabin Treatment can be applied. This provides excellent weather protection while retaining the natural appearance of the timbers.


If you want to keep your log cabin pest-free, you’ll need a wood treatment that’s effective against fungus and bugs. A good one will also help protect the timbers from moisture and rot.

The most common insects that infest log homes are beetles, borers and termites. These pests can cause a lot of damage to your cabin if left untreated.

Luckily, a lot of these problems can be prevented. First, choose a wood that’s naturally insect-resistant like Cedar or another hardy tree.

Second, make sure your logs are trimmed and neatly cut to eliminate any spaces that pests could use as entry points. Rodents and other opportunistic pests are drawn to open cracks, holes and gaps around your cabin.

Third, clean and sweep your log cabin regularly to limit dust and food crumbs. This will stop critters from building nests and making your cabin their home.

Fourth, check your cabin regularly to see if there are any holes or dents in the siding or windows. If there are, fill them with caulk or other material to seal them up.

fifth, reapply a wood treatment every three to five years to keep your logs protected against the elements. You can use an EPA-registered product called Tim-bor, a borate-based wood treatment that repels water and is safe to apply on any wood.

Finally, protect your logs from termites with a product called Outlast NBS 30. This organic, natural insect repellent is formulated with botanical ingredients that act in a time-release manner to keep insects at bay for many seasons to come. It’s easy to add 3.2 ounces of this product to any oil or latex exterior paint, stain or coating.

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