Borate might be the most fundamental treatment for preserving the longevity of a log home.
It comes in different forms: powders that must be mixed with water, and in rods that can be inserted in the logs or in problematic areas.
In its liquid state borate is applied to bare logs by spray. Once applied, it basically makes the wood toxic to wood-destroying organisms such as insects and fungi that are responsible for rot.
The solution is odorless and colorless and has a low level of toxicity to people and pets.
When using borate solutions or rods we prefer to apply it to the lower logs, where snow sits or rain hits, and areas that are more prone to the elements.
Borate is a very cost-effective way to ensure your home is protected against insects, log rot and decay.
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