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Why Do You Need to Care for Log and Timber Handrails?
Deck handrails present a real challenge to film forming finishes, especially if they are new. Here’s why. Round log handrails are typically fabricated using green wood. Once in place and begin to dry, handrails shrink, crack, and develop fissures to relieve the stress due to shrinkage. There is no way to prevent this from occurring. If a finish is applied before these fissures open up, and once they do open, they provide a path for water to soak into the rail behind the finish. When the sun comes out and the rail heats up, the water turns into water vapor which may exert enough pressure to actually push the finish right off the wood. In winter months, the water in the wood will freeze and expand and that, too, can pop the finish off the surface .

How to Apply Maintenance Coats of Wood Finish
The most important thing that you can do to help maintain the finish of your log or timber home is to keep it clean. An annual washing with  Log Wash™  will help prevent airborne contaminates, dirt, bird droppings, and sunlight from degrading the finish. How can keeping the surface clean prevent sunlight from injuring the finish? One of the features of our  Lifeline Advance  clear topcoats is that they reflect UV radiation.

How Much Stain Will I Need? Tips to Calculate Square Footage of Log Walls
“My log home is around 2000 square feet. How much stain will I need?”
Often that’s all the information a customer has available when they first call Perma-Chink Systems. When people talk about the square footage of their home, they are usually referring to the floor area that may or may not include a garage. But does this number give us enough information to make an estimate of how much stain and topcoat will be required to finish a home?

How to Pest-Proof Your Home
Centipedes, millipedes, pill bugs, roaches, crickets, ants, beetles, spiders, wasps, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, bats and mice are just some of the pests that manage to find their way into homes. It’s just about impossible to keep all of them from getting in, but there are several things that you can do to significantly reduce the number of pests that make it inside your home. Most have to do with blocking the ways they can enter. Furthermore, there are also some things you can do outside to make your home less attractive to pest invaders.

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