1. Have you treated your logs with a wood preservative? If not, you can use an all-in-one wood preservative and wood finish by applying Q8 Log Oil. Other finishes such as Sikkens Cetol Log and Siding, and Lifeline Ultra 2 and 7 require a borate wood preservative before applying the finish.
2. Are you concerned about making sure your logs are flame retardant? If you live in a fire-prone area or you just want to protect your log home from the unthinkable, think about applying a flame retardant like Flame Seal which gives your home a Class A fire rating.
3. Would you like the finish to be film-forming or penetrate into the logs? Outlast Q8 Log Oil is a penetrating finish that soaks into the logs. Sikkens and Perma-Chink products form a satin or gloss film on the wood to protect it.
4. Would you like a flat matte finish or a shiny satin/gloss finish? Some people like a matte finish which gives wood a natural, textured look. Others like the sheen or shine created by satin or glossy finishes.
5. How often are you willing to retreat the home in the following years? Some finishes require re-application in 2-3 years, after the initial coat. Others require application every 3-7 years. What are you willing to do?
6. Is a warranty on the finish you purchase important to you? Perma-Chink Systems offers a 3-5 year warranty on their Lifeline Ultra 2 and Ultra 7 products when applied to their standards and proof of purchase is provided.
7. What is your budget? Exterior finishes can range from $1.75 a square foot to $8.50 a square foot including labor.
8. Are you finishing the house yourself or are you hiring someone to do the work? Different finishes require different methods of application. It is important to apply finishes according to the product label. Sometimes hiring an experienced person to do the work is best, since they may already have the special equipment needed for application.
9. What is the weather? Most stains need to be applied between 40-90 degrees Fahrenheit in dry weather. Products should always be applied at temperatures specified by the product label. Many finishes should not be applied in direct sunlight. Some finishes dry in a couple of hours, others dry overnight and still others take several days to dry.
So, end the end, keep in mind that there is no “best” finish, just the best finish for you and your log home. If you have any questions about the information we have posed please do call us at 1-888-208-2248.