The Restoration Process
The important decision of whether or not so restore or refurbish your home should be an easy and straight forward experience. Here is what to expect if you contact us.
Step 1 – The Consultation
Is it time to restore your home or wood building? This decision can only be made after an inspection of the structure. When possible, we prefer to visit the premises personally, at no charge. In situations where that is not feasible, we ask that you send us high definition photographs of all aspects of the building.
We look at the wood species, age and condition of the logs for signs of weather and UV damage as well as possible mold, mildew or rotting wood. Once a thurough review of the structure is completed, we will provide you with our honest, unbiased, professional opinion, as to how to best protect the building as cost effectively as possible. If you decide to proceed, we will provide you a quote for our services.
Step 2 – Quotation
This will set out the detailed and full scope of services to be provided through each step of the process, including:
- Initial inspection of the building, when possible
- Advice on options and best coures of action
- Exterior site preperation
- Interior site preparation
- All blast medium and equipment
- Man lift and scaffolding, if required
- All non-residue tape and polyporpylene
- Blowing and cleaning the logs after blasting
- Preservative treatment, if required
- Recommendation on the most suitable stain
- Applying the stain
- Site cleanup
- Warranty on coating
- Providing a maintainence sheet on how to prolong the finish
- Transportation and fuel costs to and from the site
- Food and accommodation for the crew, if required
There are no hidden costs. Once the quote has been agreed and we have confirmed a mutually convenient time to start the process, here is what to expect – weather permitting.
Step 3 – Site Preparation
Exterior Site Preparation:
- Re-locate all plants, furnuture, BBQ's etc. to a non-dusty enviroment and cover with polyporpylene
- Remove down spouts, where required
- Remove all fixtures, lights and other items fastend to walls
- Tape 6 mm heavy polyporpylene to all glass, windows, frames, electrical outlets, junction boxes, aluminium flashing, cables and gutters etc. with non-residue abrasive resistant duct tape.
- Protect any other surfaces from blasting medium
Interior Site Preparation:
- Wrap all interion perimiter walls with polypropylene using staples and tape to seal seams
- Cover all furniture will polypropylene
Step 4 – Blasting, Stain, UV and Weather Damage Removal
If you have an older log home, you may need to remove the old finish to restore the home to a vibrant new state. In the majority of cases we will recommend blasting the logs or wood with crushed glass. This medium is as fine as table salt, silica free and 100% environmentally friendly. It creates a fine dust when it hits any substrate surface and becomes airborne. Where required, internal walls can be Osborne brushed to generate a smooth finish.
Step 5 – Log Preservative
If required, the logs can be sprayed with a coat of environmentally friendly insecticide and fungaside which comes in a power form, is mixed with water and applied with a fertilizer sprayer. This will deter termites, carpenter ants, wood boring insects and slows down any potential exterior or interior rot, mold or mildew.
Step 6 – Staining
- A breathable stain with UV inhibitors will need to be applied to both protect and bring out the natural beauty of your home.
- We will work with you to determine the right product and recommend a number of proven, long lasting eco-friendly stains. All of our stains contain UV Inhibitors that will both protect and bring out the natural beauty of your home.
- We usually do a number of colour samples on your actual logs, so you are confident you have chosen the right product.
- Once the approriate stain is agreed upon. All areas that were taped or covered with polypropylene will be double checked to ensure there is no over spraying
- 2 to 3 coats of stain will be applied, as required.
Step 7 – Interior and Exterior Site Clean Up
- Remove all the polypropylene, tape and staples from the walls, wipe and vacuum if necessary
- Re-install all downspouts, fixtures, lights etc.
- Return furniture, shrubs, etc. to their original position
- Clean windows where required
- Sweep and bag any glass dust where posible
- Blow remaining dust away with a leaf blower
- Rake and blend any covered soil
- After a couple of rainy days there is little sign of any dust