Types of Log Siding
JTI Siding does not build log homes due to a myriad of issues that arise with them. We offer three types of log siding: real wood log siding, fiber cement log siding, and wood vinyl log siding. Your house will look beautiful covered in either of these materials. Below we explain the main differences between each log siding material as well as discuss the benefits and characteristics.
Real Wood Log Siding
There are two wood types that can be used: cedar and pine. The qualities of these two kinds of wood are very different. Cedar is the most used material as it lasts more than twice a long as pine and resists rot and insects while pine does not. Pine is also very high in resin which leaches out and creates a very messy sap on the outside of your home. Red cedar does not only solves these issues, but it looks much better than pine. For these reasons, we don’t use pine in any of our wood siding logs. We only use the best Western red cedar. Because of the issues with pine wood siding, we cannot offer warranties or guarantee the product, and we do not recommend it.
Our red cedar log siding is a wood product that requires 75% less wood than traditional logs. We incorporate solid log corners which makes any home look like it was built with real wood logs. We use only the best Western red cedar from British Columbia, Canada. It is milled on the west coast of the United States of America, and we only use grade-A trees. This grade-A tree allows for log ends and trim pieces that meet the high standards of our wood log siding. We kiln dry our cedar to a moisture content of around 15% and every piece is hand chosen and stained to ensure it meets JTI’s high standards of quality. Our red cedar fiber is different than red cedar from any other part of the world. British Columbia, when compared with California or Washington State, has greater rainfall as well as richer soil nutrients. This means the quality of the wood fiber is second to none. This also means our wood log siding has the greatest grain density, stability, and durability and the least amount of sap than any red cedar anywhere on the planet! It also makes it more resistant to rot and insects.
When we install Western red cedar log siding on your home, we install it just like we would install vinyl siding or fiber cement siding. There is really very little difference in the installation process other than some technical requirements that only a professional log siding installer would know how to do. For this reason, it is important when installing log siding to have it done by a professional company that has been doing it for years. We start by removing the old siding, or in some cases, we can install it on top of your current siding. That depends on the condition of your current siding. The next thing we do is replace any rotten wood on your home; installing new wood on top of rotten wood is a disaster waiting to happen. Too many times we have had to repair siding on a home where an installer has installed a wood or fiber cement product on top of the rotten wood. Then that rot spreads like a virus. When this happens, we have to take off the previous installers’ work, replace the rotten wood, and reinstall the siding again. This is a huge burden on the homeowner who now has had to pay for the installation twice because it was not done right the first time. Once we are satisfied the side of the home is ready for log siding, we then begin the installation from the bottom up. This is the only way to make sure the log siding is installed evenly around the entire home.
Although installing log siding takes expertise, our experience tells us that homeowners who choose our log siding could not be happier with the product. It lasts a long time, and it looks incredible on the outside of a home. There is nothing like a real-wood home, or in this case, a home that is covered in real-wood log siding.