If you want your home to look like a true old-fashioned log home, then log siding is a cost-effective and durable option. There are different types to choose from—some so convincing that even professionals can’t tell the difference. Interested? Keep reading.
Log siding is much cheaper than full logs because it is mass-produced. Depending on the type of wood and style you choose, prices can range from $3 to $8 per linear foot (not including false corners). In addition, because it’s easier to install than full logs, the labor costs will also be dramatically lower.
Log siding is more durable than a true log home because it is kiln-dried to reduce moisture, minimize shrinking, and to kill insect larva and fungus. That being said, however, it must be routinely treated for insect infestation to ensure its longevity.
Unfortunately, log siding requires significantly more maintenance than other siding materials. It must be inspected often to make sure that logs are not compromised by mold or mildew. In that case, the infected log must be removed immediately to avoid sustaining further damage to the siding. Also, as stated above, routinely check for insect burrowing as well.
Yes, it comes in half log siding, giving you the look and feel of rustic logs at a much lower price, and quarter log siding, which creates the same rustic appearance, saves on labor and materials, and rings in at a fraction of the cost of full logs.
There are a variety of textures and colors available, although most log siding is installed in its natural color.
The industrious Germans and Scandinavians who settled in the Delaware Bay region in 1638 built the first American log structures. 370 years later, log homes are still popular.
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