Why Homeowners Prefer Pine and Cedar Log Siding Over Full Logs

Why Pine and Cedar Log Siding Are Preferred Over Full Logs

Log cabin and home construction have been steadily growing over the last few decades. The log home industry expanded 73% between 1980 and 2003, and there are currently more than 550,000 log homes in the U.S. More people are making log cabins and homes their primary vacation and residences than ever before.

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Homebuyers are leaning more toward Pine and Cedar log siding and less toward full logs for  several reasons, both economic and environmental. These are some major considerations:

  • Full-log homes require larger trees that are becoming fewer in number. Log siding is more sustainable because the trees are harvested from tree farms.

  • Contractors may not be needed for siding installation as skilled homeowners can do the work themselves. Siding is more manageablethan full logs and a crane is not required.

  • Both Pine and Cedar wood are available as siding in sizes that fit your preferences.

  • There are substantial savings on materials and labor when using siding versus full logs.

  • Log siding is fast and easy to install on the exteriors and interiors of cabins and homes.

If you are still in the planning stages, you should seriously consider these reasons for using siding as a primary building material. Another benefit of log siding is it can be installed on conventional wall framing.

High-quality wood products are found online at affordable prices. Compare the cost of siding versus full logs to your budget and you can easily see why Pine or Cedar siding is preferable.

What Pine and Cedar Siding Have to Offer

If you have ever worked with pine or cedar wood, you know it’s lighter and easier to saw and drill than hardwoods. These woods take stain and finishes well that can be applied by amateurs. Pine is affordable, and its knots create an aesthetic appeal for siding, paneling, and cabinetry.

It makes beautiful flooring, doors, and ceilings for any cabin or home. Cedar is more weather and insect resistant than most other woods, is strong, and appropriate for exterior applications. Like Pine, Cedar has beautiful knots and color variations that are pleasing to the eye. It costs a little more than Pine but it’s well worth the difference in price.

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Both of these woods are commonly used for exterior and interior siding in any climate in the U.S. They are durable, require low maintenance, and are virtually indistinguishable from full logs when used as siding. The rustic beauty of this den is inescapable and could be yours!

Tongue and groove log siding is already milled to lock together on the sides and ends of each board. There are no alterations needed except to saw some of them to length.

Choose the Profiles and  Sizes That Fit Your Preferences

Another advantage siding has over full logs is its availability in more than one size. Suppliers typically provide only 10” or 12” full logs, while siding comes in these sizes from our shop:

  • 2”x 6” and 2” x 8”
  • 3” x 6” and 3” x 8”
  • 3” x 10”

The Log Home Shoppe has three styles of log cabin siding that fit any budget or project:

Unfinished Quarter Log Siding

Quarter log siding This is the economic log siding solution for the everyday log home, available in smooth or hand-hewn, 2×6 or 2×8 in knotty pine or cedar.

Unfinished Half Log Siding

Half log siding Half log siding is our most popular log siding style. For those who want a true log home without the full log price, our half log siding is available in smooth or hewn, 3×6 or 3×8 in knotty pine or cedar. 3×7 Cedar is now available for an additional option!

Unfinished Premier D Log Siding

Premier log siding This style of siding is for the log home enthusiast. It’s an optional upscale look for any cabin or home. Available in hand-hewn only, 3×8 or 3×10 Premier Deep D in knotty pine or cedar.

Why You Should Use Tongue and Groove Siding

Tongue and groove log siding is already milled to lock together on the sides and ends of each board. There are no alterations needed except to saw some of them to length.

As opposed to full logs which are heavy to lift and require sawing notches on each end for the corners of the cabin to fit together. Install the exterior trim and molding first, and then put up the siding with long screws of the correct length. That’s all there is to making your cabin look like a full-log structure.

This fast and easy way to create a perfect log cabin is a modern marvel. If you, family, or friends have the basic woodworking skills to complete the project, you can save a bundle of money! Check the current prices, and if the siding is on sale you can save even more.

Omitting the full log, contractor’s and painter’s costs can save an enormous amount that can be used for other purposes.

Pre-finished Log Siding Is Another Cool Option

If you want to save even more time and effort, order pre-finished Pine or Cedar log siding. Our mill uses professionals to apply your choice of exterior or interior stain products and finishes.

This process saves up to 50% when compared to on-the-job-site finishing. There are no delays with the weather or scheduling a painter, and there are no messes to clean up. The finish is applied in a controlled atmosphere to the face, back, edges, and ends of the boards.

Your siding arrives on the job site already sealed with protection from the elements. Consider these additional thoughts about ordering pre-finished siding:

  • The siding has plenty of time to dry before It arrives at your building site ready to install.

  • You can order quarter log, premier log, and hand-hewn siding completely finished.

  • Trims, molding, and corner systems can be purchased pre-finished in many colors.

  • We apply exterior and interior stain to your log siding. We typically use Sikkens Proluxe, Perma-Chink’s Ultra-2 and Ultra-7, or WeatherSeal Exterior Stain and Sealant for the best year-round protection. These products meet or exceed the industry standards for finishing materials.

You might say pre-finished log siding has it all beat. We have many colors available, not just the most popular ones, for your preferences. It comes beautifully finished and ready to install on the exterior and interior of your log cabin.

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Buy Online and Save Big Bucks

Find everything you need to finish that log cabin or home from the LogHomeShoppe.com. Siding, paneling, trim, molding, flooring, and more are all available online from America’s leading in log home building products.

We have the expertise and experience to supply the finest building materials available. If you have questions, call us today at 800-818-9971 to discuss your building plans. We provide free consultations and estimates for your needs. Your orders will be handled promptly and like they were for our own cabins and homes.