Log Siding

JTI Siding prides itself on helping homeowners who want to give their homes the look of a log house. We use different materials to accomplish this including actual wood logs that are only ½-inch thick, fiber cement logs, and vinyl siding logs. All three materials offer multiple choices and a varying degree of authenticity to them. All three are excellent choices for creating a log siding look for your home. Before deciding which material is right for you, it’s important to understand the differences in the materials as well as the pros and cons of installing log siding on your home.

What is the difference between logs and log siding?

A log home, sometimes called a log house, log building, or a Lincoln-log cabin is a wood building built with horizontal logs interlocked at the corners by different kinds of notching. It gives a home a rustic style and a warm, homey feeling. It is very popular for mountain cottages and hunting cabins. The material mostly comes from Western Canada and is cost prohibitive in Northwest Arkansas.

Real wood logs are very expansive. Thus, more and more people are using log siding on their homes instead of full logs. This allows their homes to be distinctive in their neighborhood without any of the issues and costs associated with a traditional log home.

The principal difference between logs and log siding is in the thickness of the wood. Log siding is only a 1/2-inch thick while a traditional log can be up to 4 feet thick. We do not recommend a full log home as it is expensive, hard to maintain, and does not last a person’s lifetime. With log siding, you get all the benefits and aesthetics of a full log home without any of the drawbacks.

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

wood-log-siding-JTI-SidingThere 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.

Fiber cement log siding

This is very similar to real-wood log siding, but because we are using fiber cement, we can actually create many different looks. We can mimic almost any type of wood and any type of finish. Using fiber cement truly gives the homeowners options they cannot get from any other type of siding while still creating a truly beautiful wood look. It is very difficult to tell fiber cement wood from real wood. Even when you stand up close and touch it with your hands, it is difficult to tell the difference.

JTI Siding’s fiber cement log siding products offer the look and texture of natural wood and allow you, the homeowner, to achieve the look and feel of a log home without paying the price that comes with a traditional log home.

We offer structural, insulated concrete logs (these are designed to look like beams), fiber cement log siding (light-weight, engineered, fiber cement log siding), and fiber cement timbers (structural and non-structural fiber cement timbers).  We install this product on residential and commercial properties.  Our fiber cement log and wood products are the worry-free and environmentally friendly solution to log construction.

Fiber cement log siding installation ArkansasThe beauty of our fiber cement log siding and timbers is that it allows homeowners and builders almost unlimited design potential. We design our products to mimic traditional siding, and it’s not sold as a kit like wood log cabins or homes usually are. Our concrete logs are built to last years and can be designed for your exact needs.

Our fiber cement log siding is essentially an engineered concrete log siding made from fiber cement. It’s made of light-weight, reinforced concrete. Our fiber cement log siding solves the issues of costly maintenance; susceptibility to fire, mold, and insects; and other problems commonly associated with real-wood logs. Our fiber cement log siding is designed to protect your home from all of these issues.
Our fiber cement siding is made of glass fiber reinforced concrete.  Our mixture is the highest quality and is widely used in residential and commercial buildings. Our fiber cement log siding is manufactured using only the best materials so that we can offer you the best strength, durability, and performance.

Our fiber cement log siding is pre-finished and is available in 3 standard colors. It is possible to order a custom color, but we charge an additional fee.

Profiles

We have a wide array of fiber cement log siding profiles to meet your needs. We have rustic, log cabin, and old western styles as well as a few modern, ranch siding profiles for you.  We also offer styles such as handcrafted, milled, timber frame, and post/beam. In addition, our products can be used in different combinations to create unique looks.

16” hand hewn log siding
10” plank log siding
12” round log siding
8” round log siding
board and batten log siding

Wood vinyl siding

When you choose vinyl log siding, you are choosing the same material that you get with regular vinyl siding. The difference is it is designed to look like real-wood siding. It has all the benefits of regular vinyl siding. It is the most inexpensive to install, it is the easiest to maintain, and it helps boost the R-value of your home. We sell vinyl log siding that comes in a variety of stained-wood colors and is textured to look like a real wood log home, and it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Profiles

Vinyl log siding only comes in three profiles: regular lap siding, shake siding, and Dutch lap. The essential difference between Dutch lap and regular lap is that the Dutch lap has a beveled edge and the regular lap siding looks like a flat piece of wood. The shake profile looks just like a regular wood shake and comes in two profiles, either an even, float profile or an irregular profile where we offset every other shake. It will give your home an authentic charm and a rich, warm look and feel. To make sure it looks real, we often finish it with real wood trim. This helps to blend the look and feel of the vinyl into real wood.

The bottom line

Consider wood, vinyl, or fiber cement siding over building a real log home. Many experts feel that a real log home has far more negatives than positives. JTI Siding can help you weigh the pros and cons of each siding product and walk you through all the options so that you get the right material for your specific needs and budget. Please reach out to us with any questions and let us help you get the home you always wanted.

JTI Siding serves customers throughout the Northeast Arkansas:

Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale