If you’re considering a remodel, log siding can be a great option. Whether it’s a vacation home or a full time residence, log siding can add a traditional yet contemporary look that a lot of consumers are looking for today. Regardless of the style and size of your existing home, you can likely find a style of log siding that will help create your desired look.

As most types of log sidings are made of natural wood, your home will take on a rustic look akin to that of a traditional wood cabin. The only issue is selecting the type of siding, as it comes in many colors, shades, and textures.

Types of Siding and the Manufacturing Process

Generally, a majority of log siding types are pure wood. The varieties of wood are pinewood, cypress, redwood, and cedar logs. Before using these logs, the manufacturers subject them to a special treatment of drying. It is important to dry logs properly so they stay lighter because the lighter woods are easy to install and maintain.

In addition, with proper drying, the chance of post-installation shrinkage is reduced. It also helps in diminishing the appearance of fungal growth and being subjected to insect larva. After drying, the logs are cut into various sizes.

Styles and Colors

Based on your personal preference (or that of your design consultant, should you be able to afford one for yourself), you can choose the type that suits your residence. Although the most popular log siding choices are natural colored varieties, you can get them painted to meet your needs.

Usually, log siding varieties come in standard rectangular shapes that can be easily installed using interlocking panels and nails. You will also find those false corner styles in the additional accessory section. By using these corner styles in a room or cabin, your home will look like a proper log cabin.

Price Comparison

Depending on the style and texture, the prices of log siding varieties vary.

  • Usually, pine quarter logs are priced from $1.10 to $3.10 per square foot.
  • In contrast, the starting price of cedar quarter siding ranges from $1.70 to $3.75 per square foot.
  • The cost of pine half log siding usually costs about $1.80 to $2.40 per square foot.
  • Similarly, the price for the cedar half log siding is little high and it runs from $2.60 to $3.55 per square foot.
  • Amongst all these types, pine premier log siding is one of the most expensive siding varieties as it costs anywhere from $2.80 to $3.70 per square foot. However, the price can also vary from time to time based on production and current trends.

By using log siding, you will definitely be able to achieve the rustic, rugged look you’re looking for in your cabin or home. Another new trend is vinyl log siding, which gives the same aesthetics but can save you time, money and effort. The new types of vinyl log sidings are quite popular among new home builders and owners.

These vinyl sidings are cost effective and easy to install. Above all, vinyl sidings need minimal maintenance in contrast to the other varieties of wooden log siding. Still, the vinyl sidings give the same authentic log cabin look to your home and are worth a look if you’re considering a remodel.

About the author: This post provided by Town & Country, a manufacturer and supplier of log siding and cedar paneling products.