Log cabin siding is an idea that isn’t so very new, but it is new to some. It is the application of half-logs to the exterior of an already built, standing home, to be used as siding. There are a few benefits besides the obvious aesthetics of a wholesome, rustic, romantic appearance of a log home and in truth. It is a conversion from a conventionally built modern home to that of a log-built structure because there is a degree of added strength involved – a fortification of the main structure of your house
Manufacturers of log homes built from solid logs have a tendency to lean toward the side of the argument that log cabin siding just won’t last very long, can require ongoing maintenance and care. Those who manufacture the siding say the opposite, especially of those made from woods like cedar. They also point out that the siding doesn’t have the tendency to rot or shrink back from weather and time to create large gaps in between logs that need to be filled with mortar, or “chinked.” Through the expansion and contraction of logs over time, some cabins may have gaps of up to five inches or so between logs.
However, while log cabin siding manufacturers make this point, those who build log homes say that this would only be true with sub-standard building practices and materials. Using individual cedars, for example, there would be no proneness for rotting, no insect problems whatsoever, and virtually zero shrinking or expansion no matter the weather – especially in the case of cabins and cabin kits made from pre-cut, pre-shaped, pre-seasoned logs. This can also, however, be said for siding if made out of the same materials. Whole log construction cabin builders also say that poor construction techniques are the cause of gaps, and building it right in the first place prevents them from ever happening… but that using siding alone, there is very little to the “construction,” other than attaching it to the outer face of the home.
Now, log cabin siding can be a lot less difficult to deal with, even in its making. It’s usually made from pines or cedars, and all of the shrinking and expansion from weather and such is avoided by treating the log splits with kiln drying and sealing with borate for insect repelling and sealed for UV protection as well. It could be a whole lot simpler and very simpler to install than one might imagine. Some types of this kind of siding also come with full log ends, so that they can criss-cross at the corners for a more rustically natural, real log home look. When you find a company you’re interested in, be sure to research all they have to offer.
But is applying log cabin siding to the outside of your house a good, solid and sound idea? I mean, is this a complicated project to get involved in? No, not at all – especially if you deal with a company that specializes in such things… for example, those that make pre-cut, pre-shaped logs for fully-built log homes often also specialize in creating this type of siding for conventional home applications. Having everything pre-shaped and pre-cut to the specifications of your home with all pieces numbered in order of construction makes applying this kind of siding to your home a simple breeze. What’s more is that siding your home with half-log construction is something that will stand the grueling tests of time, weather, and the sun, with almost no maintenance at all, especially if you use such woods like cedar.
There is an obvious benefit of making your home look beautiful with log cabin siding. You can have the dinging logs meet at the corners, or have the ends to be shaped as whole logs that interlock just like a whole log structure. Here again is where pre-cut, pre-shaped logs come into play. But remember, the rustic appearance is more than a mere façade – it is a log home conversion to a very real degree. Many whole log constructed cabin homes are flat-walled on the interior. But the inordinately inexpensive price tag on such a siding project, especially when you consider the life of the result and all the benefits, definitely makes this type of project a great and quite a sensible idea for your home.