Historical Log Home Restoration

Historical Log Home Restoration
Log cabins date back as early as the American settlers. These folks built log structures as a temporary home until they could finance and build a better one. Typically though, many of these temporary structures became permanent homes that were built onto and housed families for generations. Over the years, these homes that were once thought of as crude and primitive became desired and somewhat reproduced. Modern day log homes do not possess the craftsmanship of those build by settlers’ back breaking blood, sweat and tears. The artistry and craftsmanship of that era are all but lost. Not only did the settlers build log homes, but also outbuildings and barns. Although those homes were highly crafted, they still withstood countless years of Mother Nature’s sometimes cruel punishment of weather and time. Windsor Log Home Restoration can help restore the natural beauty of any age home or structure.
Historical Restoration consists of reclaimed timber which is air dried over a period of many years, as a result making it difficult find. We specialize in historical log home restoration and the preservation of historic log cabins and we can find your reclaimed logs. We search and locate logs from many species and from all across the nation to use when restoring historical homes to ensure the integrity of the home and keep the sound quality. We replace rotten logs from that time and era. We have logs available from 100-250 years old. This allows Windsor Log Home Restoration to match and preserve the heritage of historical value of the cabin.

Windsor Log Home Repair and Restoration can supply vintage materials based on availability for homeowners wishing to preserve historical log cabins. We replace rotten logs or reface them to have an identical look of the aged logs. We can match the distressed look and stain of the existing logs. We offer historical log restoration services located throughout the United States.

On a budget? No problem. You can afford Historical Restoration with our techniques.
We also have special techniques and procedures to make new lumber look like antique logs. So if you are on a budget and want to use new logs we can make them mimic antique or vintage logs.

Whether your home was built circa 1800’s or last year, every log home deserves to have its natural beauty shine through! Call Windsor Log Home Restoration today to have a conversation about the condition of your home and what it will take to give it life again. Our extensive knowledge of log homes dates back several generations. Taking care of these log homes is the most vital part of our business. That is why we are able to restore and preserve each and every one to its fullest potential.
Call Windsor Log Home Restoration today! We put the life back into your log home!

Going the Extra Mile to Serve You Better

Windsor Log Home Restoration is owned and operated by Earl Windsor, III and his wife Carey Windsor. Earl’s extensive knowledge of log homes dates all the way back to Earl’s grandfather and his knowledge of traditional log homes. Taking care of these log homes is the most vital part of the business. That is why it is so important to decide the proper way to restore and preserve each and every home back to its fullest potential.

Earl and his team have the experience and management expertise to restore any log home or log structure back to its original beauty. They are certified with the Zero Failures Program with Sashco. Zero Failures is an intense two-day technical course that combines equal amounts of time in the classroom and hands on training. Here they perfect their skills by learning new techniques and by gaining a scientific understanding of wood technology. They strengthen their knowledge of the best practices for log home product application and the differences between wood and logs and how to best maintain them, along with hands on preparations for staining and chinking in order to remain log home maintenance experts.

The Windsor Log Home Restoration team has been certified through the Perma-Chink and P3 Sikkens workshops in mastering the proper application of their products through in depth and hands on training. Other techniques mastered include: the removal of old finishes, application of stains and sealants, and tools of the trade. They continue to constantly update their knowledge, and regularly attend seminars and log home classes.
We insist the number one priority on any job is to meet our customer’s needs. Extensive experience enables Windsor log home restoration to choose the proper methods to restore and preserve your home.

Windsor Log Home Restoration specializes in Log Home Repair. We specialize in the cosmetic repair and structural replacement in log and timber homes. Many times log replacement companies are difficult to find making it a struggle to repair your log home. Our experience and knowledge will assist you in finding the close match to your log home when replacing your logs. We replace, “D” Logs, Round Logs, Square Logs, Half-Logs, Chink Siding, and Hand Hewn.
We only use quality log home products, which have proven their self time and time again.
Each log home requires different methods and techniques, and for these reasons we use a wide variety of log home products.

Our crew has been with us for many years now and has become a part of the Windsor log home restoration family. They are very experienced and knowledgeable in techniques and procedures to properly maintain log homes.
Our experience in the log home industry will help you accomplish all of your log home goals. You will feel rest assured that when you choose Windsor Log Home Restoration to complete your log home, we will succeed all of your expectations.
Windsor Log Home Restoration values their customers. We look forward to speaking with you about your log home and its own unique and personal needs. Windsor Log Home Restoration will work with our clients to find the proper solution for your log home needs. We pride ourselves in our knowledge of techniques and procedures to restore your cabin back to pristine condition.

Visit our website at www.windsorloghomerestoration.com or on Twitter @WindsorLogHome for more information on how we can put the life back into your log home!

The Carpenter Bee Chamber

Scientific studies have shown that 3.3% of your home is affected by Carpenter Bees. Approximately 1.5 billion dollars of damage occurs in homes each year. They inhabit the wood on our homes, barns, and storage structures. Carpenter bees often construct nests in exterior structural wood; decorative wood such as siding, fascia boards and trim and in log homes. A perfectly round hole one-half inch in diameter is chewed in the surface of the wood then a tunnel is bored at ninety degrees to the entrance. The carpenter bees are capable of drilling up to twelve feet deep into the wood with tiny tunneled chambers a few inches deep springing from the main corridor. Into each little cavity, she will deposit an egg and proceed to enable it to hatch. These tunnels can be used year after year, creating generations of drilling power, lengthening the tunnel with each passing generation, leaving damage to the wood and integrity of the structure. But it does not end there. The larva that is placed within these cavities attracts equally menacing creatures. According to carpenterbees.com, “When you have numerous carpenter bee nests, you will have numerous larva. The larva of carpenter bees is large and noisy. They make enough noise to attract woodpeckers. Buildings which have woodpeckers damaging exposed wood probably have some type of larval activity which is attracting the birds. This insect is most likely carpenter bee larva.”

The Carpenter Bee Chamber was created in the North Georgia Mountains by Earl Windsor III. Earl is no stranger to these menacing carpenter bees and the destruction they cause to thousands of homes every year. Earl has over 10 years experience in the log home industry and has seen numerous homes damaged by carpenter bees. Our restoration businesses lead us to the creation of the Carpenter Bee Chamber. We have restored many log homes, and one of the most troublesome issues we had to deal with was carpenter bee damage. We have tried many different techniques to get rid of these menacing carpenter bees such as: chemicals, timing issues, nest destruction and many more…… These processes were very discouraging to us and our customers because we did not get the results we needed. This began Earl’s journey of researching the carpenter bee’s habits and ways of life. The result was the 100% non-toxic Carpenter Bee Chamber. This device allows you to rid your home of carpenter bees without the use of any other method on the market. The Carpenter Bee Chamber was designed to follow the natural habitat of the carpenter bee without disrupting what they love doing most, making nests. The wood of the Carpenter Bee Chamber has been naturally dipped in a 100% non- toxic solution. There are strategically placed entrance chambers for the carpenter bees to enter. We have also added a non-toxic trapping agent within the chambers of the trap. You will be 100% satisfied with the results of the Carpenter Bee Chamber. “Once they enter, they never leave”.

The Carpenter Bee Chamber will help you eliminate this continuous egg laying process. Simply locate a hot spot, screw down each end of the device with a single tool, and sit back and watch the bees disappear from your home.

The Carpenter Bee Chamber traps the bees where they die.

Restoring the Helen Spiker Log Home

Windsor Log Home Restoration is about to embark on another historical restoration. It is a circa 1800’s farmstead home that was originally built next to a small branch of water on a level lot in the Greenbrier State Park of Washington County, Maryland. It was added to the Maryland Historical Sites Inventory in January of 1984. Since then, the state park decided they no longer wanted the abandoned structure on site as it had been restored to wilderness.  In 1986, the state park sold the structure to Alex Grabenstein, owner of a company called Vintage Lumber. “Vintage Lumbers’ objective was to reuse old wood obtained from dismantled derelict barns and other agricultural buildings in central Maryland. The reclaimed lumber provides a high quality and cost effective resource of building materials for new construction. This historic material has widespread appeal as functional but decorative antique wood flooring and beams.” After Alex Grabenstein purchased the structure, he placed an advertisement in a prominent log home magazine. A private homeowner from Georgia read the advertisement and eventually purchased the structure from Vintage Lumber. She wanted the home to be re-constructed in Ball Ground, Georgia.  
                The home is known as the Helen Spiker Log Home. It is a typical structure built in the L-shape plan with the style and design that was very typical of the region and time in which it was located.  According to the Maryland Historical Sites survey, “the house is a two-story, three-bay by two-bay structure with a two-bay ell. It has a central entrance with two-over-two sash window frames in the outer bays of the first story and three bays in the second story. The window and door frames are set out from the log providing evidence that the log was once covered in weatherboard siding that has been removed from the structure. The logs are V-notched at the corners and have wide spaces filled with stones, woodchips, and mortar. The structure sits on a stone foundation that is partially collapsed. It has a steep gable roof covered with sheet metal…The ell has a double-tiered porch has an entrance and a window leading to it on each floor and is falling down.”  The Historical Sites further states that this home illustrates the persistence of log construction in the region, and although it has sustained significant vandalism, the basic components of the structure are solid except for the stone foundation, “providing an excellent visual documentation of an outstanding architectural type.”
                Alex Grabenstein of Vintage Lumber and his expert team came in to remove this amazing home. He recalls the event happening in the dead of winter. In Maryland, this means it was during sub-zero temperatures. The dismantling process was a routine affair. But he remembers one event that sticks out in his mind. He told us of a discovery underneath the second floor joists.  It was a beehive. The experts had to spray the hive with water in order to work on it. They retrieved over 5 gallons of honey from the hive before destroying it so they could continue the dismantling process. Mr. Grabenstein stated that in his forty years of dismantling log homes with his company, Vintage Lumber, this was the best cabin he had ever had the pleasure of working on.  The structure was shipped to Georgia and has been re-constructed and is now a private residence. The newest owners, Rich and Shirley Soroka have graciously agreed to allow Windsor Log Home Restoration to restore the home to its original beauty and luster. We will post day by day updates so you can watch the process unfold.

Customer Support: 706-698-3645
Windsor Log Home Restoration
PO Box 1963
Ellijay, GA 30540

Log Home Living

Living in a log home is a dream for countless people. For many, it has taken years to save and plan for; even long into their retirement years. Log homes are a way of life, not just a dwelling place. For these reasons, we must protect the investment that has taken so long to realize. This means protection from degradation and decomposition, otherwise known as rot. The most common misconception regarding log home rot is that most people believe the origin of the rot is the presence of insects. The actual definition of rot is to deteriorate, disintegrate, fall, or become weak due to decay as a result of bacterial or fungal action.  Let us explore this further.
The bacterial or fungal action needed to cause rot in wood has four main components that are present together in order to begin the decay process. These are: heat, oxygen, a food source, and moisture.  If any one of these components is not present, the decay process will not begin.  The only one of these components that is controllable is moisture or water. Keeping the structure dry is essential to prevent the growth of decaying rot that can cause significant damage.
Log home builders recommend several options to employ when designing your home. First, the exterior logs must have a proper “breathable” finish that can repel rain and condensation from the outside while allowing moisture that is inside the logs to be expelled.  Moisture content in a log has many variables that be discussed with your builder prior to building. In addition, log homes can actually soak up a lot of moisture without being noticed until it is too late.  The next recommendation from log home builders is to have adequate overhangs when possible. Overhangs prevent water from being in contact with the majority of the side walls. Guttering is also very important. Keeping gutters in place and in proper working order to allow proper drainage of rain water and to prevent as much splashing from the roof as possible.  It is also necessary to protect the lower logs at the base of the structure and around decking from splashing. Having the proper flashing and sealant between the logs and the deck is essential. While the exterior logs must be re-stained and re-sealed every 6-8 years for proper maintenance, the surfaces behind decks will not be accessible without removal of the deck.
The rotting damage sustained from constant moisture often goes undetected and unseen until there is significant damage. The fungi may grow inside the log of a home until the log is beyond repair. In the event of such damage, only a professional Log Home Restoration company can completely rid the area of all bacterial and fungal matter.
Windsor Log Home Restoration is a nationwide company that can travel anywhere in the United States in order to restore and preserve any type of log home structure. Earl S Windsor III, owner of the company states that, “If it is wood, we will preserve it to its natural beauty. We never replace partial logs. In order to properly repair a decaying log, it needs to be fully removed and replaced with a new log. We don’t cut corners in our business we want to make sure every spec of log rot is gone to ensure you will no longer have any rot issues with your home.“ Every log used by Windsor Log Home Restoration is custom milled and cut to match the existing logs of the home.  An exact match of wood type, size, and shape of the log is necessary to ensure the best repair for each individual log home.  Each log home repair also requires a different method of repair, therefore a wide variety of log home products are used.
Prevention is the key when it comes to home maintenance. Windsor Log Home Restoration will perform a detailed inspection on your home. We will determine moisture levels and assess any potential threats. Windsor Log Home Restoration replaces your rotten log area but we also determine what caused this to happen so that the problem can be fixed making sure you no longer have issues causing log rot. Give Windsor Log Home Restoration a call for your log home repair needs.
“We put the life back into your log home!”