My husband and I moved into a Panabode Log Home in Nov 2014. We survived last winter, discovering the lack of warmth within and having blankets freeze to the walls!
My question is... should we try to reseal and stain the exterior which looks as though it has not been done in a LONG time? Or - insulate and put siding on it?
We had extremely high propane and hydro bills last winter... help!
Sorry for your issues. Wood doea shrink over time and that is part of the problem. If you like the Log look then I'd suggest doing the work on the interior walls by adding insulation and a different wall covering,(Drywall, tongue & groove boards, paneling, etc.). I would also contact anabode to ask about re-sealing the exterior. Plan "B" would be to do the work from the outside with insulation and siding however you would loose the appearance that attracted you to the log home in the first place. Again, Panabode should be thebest place for advice (or another similar company)as this cannot be an "only" situation. I wish I could offer more help but as I mentioned, it really comes down to a personal choice.
As stated in the previous post you have two choices re-do the inside or the outside. The outside is much easier as the disruption to your home is all on the outside which means no mess, moving of furniture and allows you to keep living in your normal environment. You need to get costs on both and decide what appearance is more important to you.
There are some great ideas that have been posted on here to help. I would also suggest having an HVAC expert assess the heating system currently in your home. It's possible it's undersized for your current heat loss. Small adjustments can be made to your current heating system to help with your utility bills.
Most companies will offer this as a free service.
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