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Winter is coming (no, it's not a reference game from Thrones) and it's time to start getting this nice log cabin ready for the bad weather around the corner. Wooden houses are fantastic because they are high values, beautiful, robust and a dream house for many. Unfortunately, they need a little more maintenance than the average house does, given the materials used to build it.
Before the snow begins to fall, make sure you've got these things fixed on your winter preparation checklist.
Clean the outside
The first step is always to bring out the outside of the house, because that is what will be most affected by bad weather. Scrubbing down and washing dirt with hose is a good idea. If dirt is caught during snow, it can remain there all winter, which is not good for the wood and can lead to damage later on the road.
You should also clean the gutters, which can be logged with water and cause the wood to rot through the winter. Consider getting a snap on the lumber cover and an extender that releases the water further from the house. These are a cheap investment that will keep you from much more expensive repairs or timber replacement in the future.
For your garden, it is worth getting everything ready and prepared for next year, for example, laying down special marks for healing the soil through the coming months. It can even be a good time to get some landscaping done, because many companies have lower prices for non-highest months.
Clean the inside
Cleaning the inside is just as important as the outside. Why? Think of it as cleaning before spring. Washing walls and windows, getting rid of dust and dirt and just getting everything aired out is an effective way to prepare for the months you will spend indoors. After all, you will not be able to keep the windows open in the free cold.
This is a great time to get your channels cleaned, clear some valves, change filters, clean the rugs and make other odds and ends that make your house more welcome and clean.
Look for (and seal) any leaks
There are several reasons to make sure that there are no leaks in your house or gaps in the wood. First and foremost, doors and leaks can release expensive hot air. If you have noticed that you have used much more air conditioning during the summer, there is a good chance that there is a leak somewhere. When the weather gets colder it is easier to find these leaks because there will be drafts in some parts of the house.
Weatherstripping is an easy way to get rid of the more obvious places where this happens. Air is flying around windows and doors all the time, leading to a jump in energy costs and a less pleasant climate around the house.
Another problem that may arise is twisting in your wood. Log cabins can get gaps, which lets in pests and unwanted bolts that are best left outside. Loosen these gaps as soon as possible, otherwise the problem will only grow.
Spray for pests
Even if you do not have any infestations you know, it may be a good idea to spray pests before winter comes. When the weather becomes more cold insects and pests of all kinds, they can get into cracks in your home, make nests and take shelter from the wind and rain before it gets snow. You may not know they are there until there are so many they can no longer be hidden. It is a common story for log cabin owners who stop finding signs of infestations coming spring.
Spend a few weeks on traps, poison and spraying. Pay particular attention to winds and basements, as well as anywhere you may have found leaks. Spray along the outside as well as they may not have found a way into the house.
When the winter goes, you may need to spray again. Wooden houses are before some scary pests such as termites, which can eat through your wood and cause damage to the outside and inside your house faster than you can imagine. Always be on the lookout for signs of their existence.
Put up energy-saving curtains
If you have weatherstripped, controlled and sealed leaks and still want to save energy and keep the house tidy and toasty, consider adding energy-saving curtains. These are the thick blackout curtains that require reinforced rods to hang.
They are heavy, dense and do not let light into the room, making them perfect for days that go to sleep or those who have a night schedule and sleep during the day. These curtains also help keep the air inside from flying so your house gets nice and warm during the cooler months and neat and cold during the hottest.
If you do not want to wear heavy curtains, there is an alternative method. Get regular curtains and put another fabric between them and the window. It is not the best way to keep warm, as some will still fly through the warehouses. But the extra barrier will be some improvement for a single sheet.
Evaluate exterior for possible retention
Every log cabin owner knows that they need to stay home every three to five years to keep the wood healthy and reduce the risk of cracks, wood twisting and chips. Every year before the snow falls you should take a look at the outside to make sure the time has not already come for the new layer of stain.
One thing you might notice is that there are some areas that are more worn than others. This is usually due to sun, rain or wind exposure, which means that a section may need to be colored before the rest. Get it done before it gets too cold, or risking the wood to rot from the damp.