Friday, September 19, 2014

Log Cabin Siding – Turn Your House Into A Log Home

Log cabin siding is just what the words imply… your house stays the same on the outside, but the outside is converted, using genuine log wood, to look like a log cabin. Segments of logs stripped thin (instead of fully half-split logs) are installed as wood siding to the outside of your house for good, solid, insulating protection against the elements and insects, and it also creates an earthy, rustic, natural log cabin feel and appearance. However there seems to be a modicum of controversy going on between those who build whole log cabins and homes, and those who manufacture siding out of logs. What are some of the bits of information pointed out by each?

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 certain 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 actually 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 generally avoided by treating the log splits with kiln drying, and sealing with borate for insect repelling and/or sealed for UV protection as well. It can be a whole lot simpler and easier to install than one might imagine. Some types of this kind of siding also comes with full-log ends, so that they can cross-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.

The beauty of a log home is something that must be experienced first-hand – the beauty of rustic nature that can be observed in a log cabin built from a pre-cut log home kit is something that really must be seen to be appreciated. If you’d like to find more information on this, take a look at this video showing a few log cabin siding, and check out all of the information to be had at http://www.junctionloghomes.ca.

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