Log siding is a product manufactured for the exterior, as well as the interior, of a home or building. It can be made out of many species of lumber and you can finish log siding in many different ways. Made to look like an authentic log home, it is a great choice in a wooded lot or if you have a home on the lake or in the mountains.
Log siding can be made in several different ways. Some planers take 2 x 8 or 2 x 10 planed dimension lumber and turn it into log siding. Other mills take rough sawn lumber and plane it into log siding – this gives it more of a round shape. The bottom back is rabbited out and the top is planed flat to fit under the rabbited bottom. This feature covers all joints as you apply the siding. It can be standard or hand hewn, giving it a hand-made quality.
Log siding should be pre-finished and back coated before installation. You can use a wide range of exterior stains and clear finishes when you do this. Some people enjoy the natural clear beauty of log siding and others prefer a stained finish to draw more grain out of the wood. You can get log siding in pine, fir, cedar, and other woods.
When installing log siding, you should first put the corners and trim on. Corners and trim should be thicker than the siding. When splicing rows of siding, cut ends at a 30 degree bevel to help hide the splice. Splice the siding on a stud in the wall. Nail or screw the bottom of the siding at every stud. Allow 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch gap around all corners and obstacles during installation. Caulk all corners, windows, and other obstructions to seal moisture from penetrating the siding.
Log siding can give your home or cabin that outdoors look. It is important to stain or seal your log sided home every 3 to 5 years in order to keep it in good shape. This product is a quality exterior finish that will keep your home looking good for years to come, as long as you put a little bit of maintenance into keeping it looking its best. So, if you want a unique exterior look on your home that cannot be achieved through any other type of exterior siding options, then give log siding some consideration for a warm and natural feel.