Log Cabin Siding
for that Log Home look
Log cabin siding comes in wood, vinyl or steel. Each has different maintenance requirements, different applications and costs. Which is best for you?
Log siding can provide the appearance and style of “traditional" solid log homes.
In fact, log home siding is often used for gable ends, and features like dormers on solid log homes.
The gable ends are solid logs for the main floor, and log siding is used over conventional framing above the solid log wall.
This area is the triangle shape above the last full height floor.
Dormers are often stick framed and then matching log siding is applied.
Another area where log siding is often used is in building a garage for your log home.
When building a log home, the use of log siding in these select areas is a good way to save some money. For the best match with your solid logs you should purchase your log home siding with the rest of your log home kit.
Here are some variations of real wood log cabin siding:
- Pine or cedar log siding - Log siding is cut from solid logs at the mill and is available in a variety of styles and sizes.
- Half log siding - the most common log siding shape
- Board and batten siding - vertical siding for entire exteriors or as an accent.
- Cedar shake siding - is very popular for that rustic look or as an accent.
Structural Insulated Panel Homes
with Log Home Siding
An alternative to solid log homes, yet with the warmth and beauty of real wood, are stick framed or energy efficient Structural Insulated Panel homes with log siding on the exterior, and 2 X 6 pine tongue and groove on the inside.
This will result in the look of a D-log profile for a solid log, which is milled with a round side to the outside and a flat side on the inside. When you walk in the door, you will insist this is a “real” log home.
Commercial structures often use this approach as well.
Low Maintenance Siding
Log Look Siding
No discussion of log siding would be complete without considering the low maintenance aspects of vinyl log cabin siding and steel log siding.
For those who want the look of logs but want to avoid the maintenance of wood, these offer several advantages.
Just drive through any neighborhood today and notice how traditional wood siding has essentially been replaced by vinyl siding.
Vinyl log siding reflects similar advances and can be made to look like pine, cedar or numerous other woods. It actually looks really good. Insects and rot are not a problem--it’s practically maintenance free.
Steel log siding also offers these benefits. In addition, unlike many other siding options, steel is a noncombustible product and meets even the most stringent building codes.
Log cabin siding can be used in new construction or for the remodeling of an existing existing exterior. The finished structure will give the appearance of an authentic log home.
Log Cabin Siding to Log Homes