Tired, Damaged Old Finish? Let’s Get Rid of It!
Years of exposure to the elements can make a home’s exterior look worn and faded—and can expose the wood to serious damage. Applying a protective surface over a damaged exterior can be a waste of time and money. We can remove the surface safely before applying a protective new finish.
Here’s what we do:
First we inspect your home’s exterior. We look for:
- drainage issues caused by faulty gutters and/or downspouts
- problems caused by plants and trees that are too close to the house
- places where wood that touches the ground or is within a foot of the ground
- areas where stacked wood may be affecting the exterior
- Sides of your home that are most exposed to the sun (south and west walls)
- Sides of your home that are prone to being exposed to rain or wind
Next, we look for areas that have a lot of weathering. This looks like:
- finish that’s faded
- log ends with water staining
- exposed walls with water staining
- areas that are cracked, peeling, or blistered
While we’re doing that, we also look for moisture issues (especially on parts of your house that are not protected under the roof overhang), such as:
- the presences of mold or mildew
- discolored wood
- soft wood
Our final inspection includes all sealant joinery (chinking and caulking) at
- log-to-log interfaces
- other places where moisture can slip through
Once these inspections have been finished, we will clean and/or remove the wood surface.
The best method for protecting your home is to start with clean wood. You don’t ever want to stain or seal the wood over dirt, mold, or rot. Depending on what is going on with your home’s exterior we will do one or more of the following:
- Use a cleaner to wash the exterior logs and then rinse for a fresh, clean surface (for bare wood or logs with an existing finish in good condition) or
- Use a chemical finish remover to get rid of all previous coats of stain and finish (for home owners who want to refresh the look and protection of their home) or
- Use media blasting (crushed corn cobs, glass, or other hard material) to remove even the most stubborn exterior surfaces—a non-chemical, environmentally friendly option.
We will let you know what process we feel will work best for your home.