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information for your log home's restoration and continued
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Recently completed log home restoration
job using Permachink LIFELINE ULTRA-2 natural stain.
Before and after restoration shots.
As America's largest manufacturer of wood finishes, preservatives, chinking and sealants for Log Homes, Perma-Chink Systems (PCS) is recognized worldwide as the trusted industry resource for premium products and expert wood care advice.
Life the joy of cabin, cottage and
lake home living.
About Cabin Life Magazine
Whether it's cabin, cottage, lakehome or lodge, Cabin
Life magazine captures the essence of the vacation home
A breath of fresh air, award-winning Cabin Life gives
readers great ideas, information and inspiration for
their vacation homes. Cabin Life is designed for the
reader - anyone who loves their getaway or the idea
of having one.
Now entering its sixth year of publication, Cabin Life
has enjoyed rapid growth and strong reader loyalty across
the US. Cabin Life recently expanded to 8 issues/year
due to reader demand. Cabin Life is unique because it
is both a shelter and a lifestyle publication - and
also because it appeals to both men & women.
Cabin Life has earned many awards, including 2 of the
coveted Gold Eddie Awards for Editorial Excellence.
Other awards include an Ozzie for Design Excellence,
2 Gold Ink Awards, 14 Gold MMPA Awards, and more.
Cabin Life is owned by Fladmark Publishing, an independent
publishing company that takes pride in publishing high
quality magazines with particular emphasis on editorial
excellence. Cabin Life staffers are veterans of the
publishing industry who really love their cabins and
We very much value our readers' thoughts, ideas and
suggestions - please send us yours.
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Although Perma-Chink Systems (PCS) is the largest manufacturer of log home chinking and sealants, we make a complete line of quality wood care products. Wood Finishes, Preservatives, Cleaners, and Restoration Products. All are available by clicking on the category links above.
In 1981 PCS introduced flexible chinking to the log home industry to replace what was the standard at the time - concrete mortar and painted splines. This revolutionary product, Perma-Chink Log Home Chinking, looked like authentic mortar but stretched and flexed to accommodate log movement while maintaining a tight seal for the life of the house.
"lignen") is a chemical compound that is most
commonly derived from wood and is an integral part of
the cell walls of plants, especially in tracheids, xylem
fibres and sclereids. It is one of most abundant organic
compounds on earth after cellulose and chitin. Lignin
makes up about one-quarter to one-third of the dry mass
Picture of sections of paint removed from a
log home. Remember never paint your log home.
Paint will trap moisture behind the log and lead to
log rot. Be sure and do a lead paint test (available
at Home Depot) before removing paint.
Bugs that eat logs: Powder Post Beetles, Old house
borers, Carpenter ants
According to the "Log Home
Living Institutes's" most recent construction report,
there were 26,647 log homes built in the United States
in 2003, part of more than 500,000 such homes existing
in the United States.
Remember to stay on a regular maintenance
program, it's cost-effective to log wash (Permachink
product) your home twice a year in the long run.
Call us today for all your exterior
wood restoration needs. Call 888-231-2412. We are the
Northwest premier wood restoration specialist.
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Fall Maintenance issues for your log home and cabin.
Most people are accustomed to spring cleaning, but if you are a home
owner, you know that your house needs attention year-round. Fall
maintenance is much like spring house-cleaning, but more preventative
and less “cleaning.” And it’s much easier to do it now rather than
wait till the weather turns nasty.
Fall means leaves—and plenty of them. You will certainly need to clean
out your gutters. A word of caution: most of the automatic guard
systems only screen out large leaves while allowing gunk and small
sediment to accumulate. You still will have to routinely clean the
nasty rotting gunk out of your gutters! So an alternative is to have
your roofer regularly come and clean your gutters every fall. You
should make sure that the drainage area around the downspout is
functioning properly as well. The roof area should also be checked for
any leaks around the flashing at the chimney and around the vents for
the heating or sewer system.
While inspecting the roof area it’s important to check for any holes
or access spots where squirrels, raccoons or bats can enter your home
and make themselves a vacation home for the winter. Clear away all
debris from around the foundation of the house.
Caulking around all exterior areas is a must. You probably won’t find
but a few areas where the caulk needs replacing, and it’s not a big
job to replace old caulking with a fresh bead where needed. Weather
stripping also should be examined and replaced if you find any that is
curled or coming loose. Neither the caulking nor weather stripping
replacement is a heavy job. It just takes some care and close
examination. This can usually be done in a day for a moderate-sized
Your exterior walls should get a good cleaning. In addition to making
your home look great, a wash-down with Log Wash will get rid of the
dust, dirt and grime. Freezing weather is especially hard on log
exteriors and a little bit of upkeep now may prevent costly repairs