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Staining and Sealing

Staining and sealing are the most important processes in restoring and protecting your log home. Every home needs to be treated with the proper products that will allow it to breathe, resist moisture and fight the environmental effects of UV rays, snow build-up, and driving rain.

Not all log stains are created equal, and it is imperative to choose the right stain for your specific project. When you go to the expense of a complete or partial restoration, be sure to finish the job with products intended to withstand the elements — especially if it’s a new log home receiving its first finish.

High Country Restoration supports high-quality products from industry leaders – Sashco and Weatherall. We are certified applicators for both companies. By using the best log staining products available and employing our time-tested techniques, our approach produces lasting results and protects your investment over the long run. Our experts will help you determine the best stain for your project – all you need to do is choose the color.

Log house front and porch stained

The Log Staining Process

After your house has been media blasted, the crew buffs the surface with an Osborn brush to remove any raised fibers and create a smooth uniform surface. Never let someone sand your log home — it strips off the top layer of the wood and inhibits stain and sealant penetration.

After the surface is prepared, the crew uses low-pressure sprayers to coat all log surfaces with a continuous, even coat. While applying, we back brush by hand to prevent excess stain from forming drips and runs. This two-step process creates a superior, blemish-free result every time.

If a job requires re-staining, we low pressure wash the logs to remove pollen, dirt, and peeling stain. We repair any surface defects and let the logs dry. Applying stain to a moist surface results in stain failure and log damage. Nothing is applied until the conditions are just right. Re-staining is performed with brushes to ensure proper absorption, coverage, and blending.

As far as maintenance, we recommend an annual “soft wash” and log inspection to extend the life of your new stain and keep it beautiful year after year. Learn more about SoftWash on our Maintenance Services page.

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From start to finish, Ryan and his men were professional in every sense of the word. Hard working, knowledgable, friendly, respectful of our home and surrounding gardens. Just an easy group to work with. We couldn’t be happier with the job they did and highly recommend them. Our home looks fabulous and the chinking of the logs has had a positive impact on our heating bill.
Ted and Anne Castle - Charlotte, VT

Ryan and his entire High Country Restoration team were wonderful! He worked closely with us to solve a number of complex problems and to develop a suitable repair timeframe. The entire work team was not only highly skilled, but friendly and well mannered. There were no unanswered questions and Ryan made great suggestions. We could not be happier with how our home looks and we know it is structurally sound.
Carol and Tim Merrihew - Tupper Lake, NY

We couldn't believe the transformation of our old log home in Vermont after High Country Restoration completed the job....our home turned from old to new like it was just built.
Francis and Marilyn - VT

The cabin was black with age. We hired HCR based upon your expertise and were thrilled with the results. The cabin looks like it was built last week not years ago.
Nancy and Les - VT


High Country Restoration did a superb job restoring my Connecticut log home to pristine condition. They repaired the chinking throughout the house and applied a rich honey colored stain which made our 20 year old home look like new.
B. P., CT

This spring we had High Country Restoration blast, treat, stain and caulk our log home in Central Vermont. Built in 1986 with logs cut from the property, the home had great character with knots and cambium, but after thirty years of sun and rain the logs needed help. There were places where we could see daylight between the logs, and others with bad sun bleaching. In other areas the logs were stained different colors. Ryan McDonald and his crew came when scheduled, and in two short weeks the job was done. There were never any delays, and when they were done, the detritus was quickly cleaned up. The final result was spectacular as evidenced by the compliments of everyone who everyone who comes up the driveway. For anyone who wants to restore their log home that needs to its original beauty, I highly recommend that they get in touch with High Country Restoration. You will not be disappointed.
Dan - Central Vermont

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