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Whether you have a vacation cabin in the woods or you live full time in your cabin, protecting it from the elements is a necessity. You don’t want it to get ruined by harsh weather prematurely. Here are a few different ways to protect your cabin from water damage this year.

Consider Large Roof Overhangs

One of the best ways to protect your cabin is to install large roof overhangs. This way, when it rains the water will be pushed off to land far from the logs of your home. This saves the logs from having too much moisture content that could lead to premature rotting. Also, these large overhangs can help to shade the wood in the hot summer sun, which can decrease your need for maintenance costs in the long run.

Caulking and Weather Sealing

When it comes to a log cabin, you want the moisture content to be around 15 percent. Anything over this can cause mildew, log rot, mold, and premature blistering of the wood. You’ll want to utilize waterproofing measures such as caulk to seal off any construction defects. For gaps of 1/2 inch or wider, consider utilizing a foam sealant. Weatherstripping should be used to supplement the caulking around windows and doors.

Routine Maintenance

Perform routine maintenance on your cabin to protect it from water damage. You should be washing the exterior of your cabin with a cleaning solution at least once a year. This will remove excess build-up of insects, pollen, and other debris. You’ll also want to stain the wood each year or two. This will provide a moisture-resistant seal for your home to keep the water out.


Keeping your cabin properly ventilated is essential to prevent moisture build-up inside. If you utilize your cabin throughout the year, your ventilation needs are already likely being met by the use of windows and doors. However, if you have a vacation cabin, you’ll likely need to consider other forms of ventilation. You can get natural ventilation systems that you can install. It’s best to install one at ceiling height and one at floor height to keep moisture at bay.

Protecting your lovely cabin from water damage should be a big priority. Since this type of home is more susceptible to water damage than others, it requires more maintenance than your average home. By doing the steps laid out above, you’ll be well on your way to protecting your cabin from water this year.

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