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Make Your Cabin Last Longer Against Mountain Elements

Cabins should be a cozy winter escape. It's harder to escape, though, if the mountain weather has taken its toll. Early prevention and protection ensures both safety and enjoyment for years to come.

Seal It In

Roof sealant provides an extra layer of insurance against heavy snow. The sealant becomes the surface that takes the brunt of the elements instead of the roof itself. There are five types of sealant: acrylic, bitumen, polyurea, rubber EPDM, and silicone. It's best to hire a professional roofer in this case. They can recommend the right kind of sealant. A roofer will also apply the sealant evenly so you don't end up with tiny gaps that could lead to big floods.

Coat the Floors

Epoxy floor coating works similarly to roof sealant. The location is just different. This kind of coating is especially good for concrete flooring. It creates a smooth and almost glassy surface that will stand up to tramping boots and dragging winter sport equipment. Places like The Contractor Source offer several different types of coating. The right kind of epoxy should have a long shelf life and non-yellowing properties.

Shut It Down

Exterior rolling shutters close off a vacant cabin from intruders both animal and human. The best ones are made from aluminum. Shutters can be mounted on all windows as well as any sliding doors. They should also come with a locking mechanism for an extra deterrent. Shutters guard against elemental threats as well. It's difficult for snow and hail to get inside the cabin if a sturdy metal surface is in the way.

Insulate From the Cold

Log cabins require special treatment if they're up in the mountains. Wood expands and contracts with the seasons. You can prevent too much of this movement with sealant. That will fill in any gaps between the logs. "Chinking" or caulk is another, thinner layer of protection beyond the sealant. Your cabin is now safe and warm. You can enjoy a roaring fire without a draft to ruin it. Insulation has the added benefit of reducing energy costs throughout the year. It could therefore be less expensive to leave it vacant in the off season.

Take the time to secure the cabin with just a few home improvements. You can now look forward to your mountain getaway without worrying about any elemental damage that may have happened in your absence.

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Comment by John Ward on December 4, 2019 at 3:43pm

m-balm an energy seal is the way i have redone my cabin . its costs 300.00 a gallon .thats pretty cheap when you have a century log cabin to live in . No neighbors for half a mile all on 33 acres of great hunting for big game in ON . 

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