Thanks to Ryan Reed-Baum of Trulog Siding for this guest post:

Hunting cabins are typically located in areas that get an ample amount of bad weather. You don’t want a new cabin to begin to deteriorate after two seasons, which can happen if you’re not careful.

Many cabins are in regions that deal with a lot of snow and winter weather. This means a lot of snow-weight on your roof, a risk of freezing pipes and potential damage to windows and other portions of the property.

In the summer, the heat mixing with humidity can lead to rot and mold inside and outside your cabin, which can make staying there not only uncomfortable but also a biohazard. Sealing a cabin is the best way to protect your investment.

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Floors Should Handle Anything

When you’re juggling through log cabin floor plans, you want to make sure your property flows and makes sense, but it’s also important to consider the literal floors beneath your feet. Whether you visit most often in the summer or winter, you could potentially track in a lot of snow, dirt, moisture or grime in general. Because of this, it’s important that you go for a type of floor that can handle all of this without getting ruined.

You can still get a beautiful natural wood look without having to constantly maintain it by getting linoleum or faux wood flooring. This will let you keep your cozy cabin aesthetic without having to deal with everything that comes with wood floors.

Seal All Gaps

If there are any gaps throughout your cabin, there’s a chance for damage. Rain and snow leaking in are big risks. Possums or raccoons can be incredibly destructive. Raccoons can tear away siding and roofing materials to get inside an attic space so they can nest. Seal off any possible holes or entrances. Make sure no warm air is escaping your property that would entice animals.

Keep the Roof Clear 

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your cabin. If you let the roof get cluttered by leaves, pine needles, or debris, you could be facing a huge mess and a ruined roof by the time spring rolls around. This type of clutter on your roof can freeze and repeatedly thaw throughout the seasons, leading to destroyed shingles, a sagging roof, and even flooding when the ice mass falls at the beginning of spring. Have your roof cleared a couple of times throughout the fall, and make sure it’s completely bare before the first snowfall of the season hits the cabin.

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Siding That’s Built to Last

Your cabin is only as good as the siding that surrounds it. Although you may love the idea of a classic log cabin, these days it’s not the best idea to build a hunting cabin like they were built hundreds of years ago. Instead, consider faux wood siding. Faux wood siding is resilient, reliable, and affordable. You can get this material in dozens of colors and finishes and still get the look you want while knowing your property is safe and can handle the weather.

Add A Camera Security System

If your cabin is damaged, perhaps by a broken window or a door flung open, it’s vital that you catch it as soon as possible. Even days or a week exposed to the elements can ruin the interior of a cabin. Add a camera and motion-detecting security system to your cabin. There are versions that can run off cellular data (if you have cell service in the area) and don’t have wifi on your property. A security system can allow you to keep track of your cabin from anywhere.

A hunting cabin is a sanctuary that allows you to get off the grid alone for a while, and it’s also a place to gather with friends and loved ones to create new memories. Take care of your cabin, make it totally weather resistant, and protect your investment.

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