November is rolling by as quick as usual and a few snow flurries have been seen already. By now all the staining projects have come to an end for the season due to the cold temps and stain requirements needing overnight temperatures of over 40 degrees. However, that doesn’t mean getting your home ready for winter has to stop. Weatherizing doesn’t matter if you live in a log home or not. Simple inspections such as making sure all your windows are firmly shut and latched can keep the winter draft out. Also, check for worn weatherstripping on your doors and replace any that may be letting cold air inside. Another thing to do is clean out your gutters of leaves and pine needles. Clogged gutters hold water back and could help in the formation of ice dams if you have any heat loss through your roof. Now is the time, if you haven’t already, to go around your log home and inspect for any checks in the logs or caulking that may have cracked or pulled away. Pay close attention to any upward facing cracks and checks and caulk them as necessary. It doesn’t take very long to touch up any caulking and can go a long way in preventing future issues. If your log cabin is seasonal and won’t be heated make sure all the water lines, toilets and pipes are drained so you don’t come back in the spring to broken pipes.
Whether we like it or not, winter is going to make an arrival so don’t forget to tune up the snowblower and get the shovels out!
Some are already talking about spring construction starts and now really is the time to start planning. Give us a call at 320.292.7878 or go to our website for more information on our our Minnesota log home builder and planning services.