Quarter Log Siding is the perfect fit for your cabin or country home. 2x8" Log Cabin siding allows you to integrate the rustic charm of a log home with conventional frame construction. It looks exactly like log but requires 75% less wood. Our Log Cabin Siding is is milled to order, finished to your project specifications and delivered mill direct to your door!
Quarter Log Cabin Siding
Quarter Log Cabin siding offers many other advantages over round log besides just price. Ease of installation is one. Many of our Log siding customers install the siding themselves saving the cost of custom professional installation. As I tell all my DIY customers "if you do this for a couple hours you will be an expert".
Stick Built, Log Sided homes are more dimensionally stable than real log construction. There is no “Settling” to account for nor the costs that are associated with managing it. To put it in Buffalo Terms: CEDAR LOG SIDING HAS SEVERELY REDUCED PAIN IN BUTT FACTOR!
Buffalo Lumber Log Cabin Siding - no Reveal "no chink" - milling diagram
Another savings is the cost and labor of "chinking" full logs. When you apply chink you are sealing any gaps between logs that allow air, moisture or critters to flow through. Our quarter log siding overlaps the next board forming a tight seal.
If you select the log siding profile that includes a channel between the log rounds referred to as the "reveal" you can apply chinking in that groove to get a great design effect like our customer in North Carolina did - but that was a design decision only.
Another huge advantage of quarter log siding is the ability to pre-finish at the mill sealing all sides except end cuts. All wood needs to be protected from the elements in order to perform and continue to look beautiful. The nice thing about log siding is that we can factory finish - stain or prime it - BEFORE you get it. This saves even more time and money on jobsite especially for the Do it yourself owner.
The value of factory finished log siding vs. the risk and cost of problems in the field after installation. The worst thing you can possibly do is to slap your log siding up and then just stain the face after installation. This is an invitation to water and rot problems down the road even with cedar.
The risk is not worth the savings! ROT IS INSIDIOUS.
If water gets behind your log siding and causes rot the problems can be epic. It can go both ways rotting your house wrap and getting into the studs behind the walls causing entire wall sections that need to be cut out and replaced. All of this occurs out of sight- you will have no way of knowing there is a rot problem until it is too late. Everyone who has ever called us with problems in the field has realized that their wood was not properly sealed on the backside.
The answer is to seal your log siding on all 6 sides prior to installation (front, back, side, side, end, end). This is where the real value of the FACTORY FINISH PROCESS comes in. Our machines can seal the face, back and side edges leaving only the butt ends to the installer on the jobsite for a fully sealed board.
Cedar Log Siding
We are Cedar Believers!
Cedar Log Siding is the perfect fit for your cabin or country home. 2x8" Cedar Log siding allows you to integrate the rustic charm of a log home with conventional frame construction. It looks exactly like log but requires 75% less wood AND will cost you at least 50% less than actual log construction.
If you want the best chance at long term success - Cedar is the only way to go!
There is no margin for error if you select a lesser species due to upfront costs. It can work but you have to be DILIGENT about your maintenance and upkeep. If you don’t keep up your maintenance lesser species will IMMEDIATELY EXPERIENCE PROBLEMS.
It can rot, curl off the wall, bend out of shape and generally begins to look terrible very quickly. The risk of a major failure is much greater because the species carries no natural resistance to moisture and insects.
Cedar on the other hand gives you SOME margin for error. It holds up better, experiences less changes in size and just works. It has been tried and true for many years. People in extreme climates with large changes in temperature and moisture over the course of a year should use cedar log siding.
Once your cedar log siding is installed we advise keeping up on your maintenance but if you are on the fence one year and let it go- the worst that usually happens is it will turn grey or darken. You will need more elbow grease when you get to it but the risks of any kind of large scale failure (provided you properly prepared and installed it) are minimal.
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Milled to Order, Factory Finished National delivery to your job site
Cedar Log Siding Prices
2x8" Log Siding is the most popular size but 2x6" log can be milled. You can select "reveal" or "no reveal" log siding profile for the same price.
CEDAR LOG SIDING Pricing by SQUARE FOOT
Understanding our Prices: We price log siding by the square foot. Our Price is meant to include an idea of final cost if you order at least 1500 square feet. If you know your square footage you can multiply it by the price below and have an idea what your T&G cedar siding will cost you.
The finish price includes your cedar wood siding plus one coat factory stained or primed. Add 45¢ per SQFT for ECO FRIENDLY OIL BASED STAIN for Exterior Wood Siding - (Rough Face Only - not available at all mill locations)
$2500 ORDER MINIMUM
Pricing based on 1500 SQFT order • Volume discounts on orders larger than 1500 SQFT
2x8" PROFILE CHOICE
LOG NO REVEAL (chinkless)
MILL SELECT PAD
LOG with REVEAL (log cabin)
MILL SELECT PAD
SELECT TIGHT KNOT (STK) Partially Air Dried (PAD)
2x6 TRIM BOARD $3.39 STAINED PER VERTICAL FOOT
SMOOTH LOG CORNERS $200 STAINED PER VERTICAL FOOT
Painted Cedar Log Siding
If you plan to PAINT your cedar log siding, to be safe the log should be kiln dried which adds a cost to the wood. The Primer coat will be evenly applied on all 4 sides. When its time for top paint coat, the machine's bottom jets are turned down to make sure the top coat is even thickness with no splash back. This will minimize the paint that gets on the backside and under laps. We recommend factory prime plus one top coat with a 2nd coat after installation in field.
MILL SELECT : STK (Select Tight Knot) cedar log siding has been visually inspected at the mill for an appearance grade that allows proportional distribution of knots, burls and naturally occurring markings which add to the decorative character of the piece.
MILL SELECT : STK (Select Tight Knot) cedar log siding wil have Sound, live, small to medium tight knots permitted every 6 - 8 inches.
SEASONING refers to how lumber has been dried to reduce moisture content before it is milled to pattern. Log Siding is usually milled Green (unseasoned) or Partially Air Dried (PAD). For some applications kiln-dried to meet specifications when required.
Kiln drying speeds up wood seasoning in closed chambers by heating and controlling air circulation. Kiln Dried log siding has 14% maximum moisture content.
Partially Air Dried (PAD) means the siding has been air dried on stickers for a short period after being milled. PAD cedar is still considered green and moisture content is 20% or higher.
The fact is that all wood no matter how it is dried (seasoned) it will expand and contract during the year due to moisture changes in the air. PAD green woods are prone to changes of greater degree than fully air dried or kiln dried lumber.
This means you must use patterns like SHIPLAP CHANNEL RUSTIC or LOG SIDING that allow more room for wood expansion and contraction in their design - patterns that allow movement without compromising the overall appearance.
During the milling of green logs there will be some blown knots but our mills say less than 10% board loss. Milled Green PAD (partially air dried) is a cedar grade that is designed to ease the high cost of cedar. You can specify Kiln Dried or Get out your saw and cut around that knot hole and save a buck or two.
If you can afford a flaw or two to save a buck or two this is the grade for you.
Most of our customers finish out their log siding with 2x6" or 2x8" Trim boards. Its inexpensive, easy to install and looks great.
Log Corner Trim
Most of our customers finish out their log siding with 2x6" or 2x8" Trim boards. Its inexpensive, easy to install and looks great.
Log Corner System
On the other hand we have the AWESOME log tail corner system developed by Lance Clymer at Timberline Log Exteriors. These corners are the most real looking corner system available.
Lance makes them for us on special order basis. He has created a video on how to install them and they really are awesome.
The 8" Round Log Corners mimic the look of "Swedish Cope" and "Saddle Notch" Full Logs profiles.
They are notched on the bottom and extend beyond the wall approximately 1 foot.
These log corners are actually a "system" of separate pieces that are assembled on the job site. It takes 4 unique pieces to make one vertical linear foot of 8" round log corner.
The problem is that along with being really awesome they are really freaking expensive. We want you to know what they cost up front here on the site so we don't have to break as many hearts when we quote you on the phone.
Some people just have to have them and some find they don't need them as much once they know what the cost really is.
Timberline has simplified the design lately which you can check out on Lance's new log corner installation video. This video also includes important tips about installing the quarter log siding so even if you do not spring for the fancy corners its a good DIY source.
The VALUE of Factory Finish
Protect your investment and do the job RIGHT! The value of factory finished log siding vs. the risk and cost of problems in the field after installation...
The first thing that wood experts like the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association will tell you is that all wood siding - even cedar log siding - needs to be sealed on all six sides prior to installation and then re coated as needed on the face for the lifetime of the wood.
FINISH SIDING PRIOR TO INSTALLATION
"Before installation (job site), applying a finish to all surfaces (including ends) is recommended. Factory applied finishes are best. They ensure the best performance of the finish. The type of coating will be determined by final finish and look selected. The finish protects the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, helps prevent staining caused by mildew and extractives and will increase the service life of top coats."
from WRCLA How to Install Western Red Cedar Siding
We interviewed Brandon Stendal- owner of Stone Valley Painting, LLC. and a customer of ours and asked-
"What is the value of factory finish?"
"Usually we are only finishing the face of the building. For us- a commercial painter- to prime coat 6 sides in the field takes about twice as long as coating the face alone after installation. We charge $50hour commercially so the price immediately doubles.
We primed all 4 sides of about 833 sqft of your wood siding and it took 2 guys about 8 hours to do this job. It took 5 gallons of primer to coat it (between $25 and $30 per gallon) and we had to rack it at our own warehouse and then transport to the jobsite.
I would actually prefer my customers to get a factory finished primer coat and then have me do the final coat in the field- that is the best wood siding performance option.
That may not sound like it is good for business but long term, happy customers are my business!"
We agree completely.
Factory finishing coats 4 of six sides - You get the face, the back and both side edges, the butt ends need to be sealed when installed on the jobsite.
If you are going to do the job right- you can't do it better (or cheaper) than the machines. If you are planning to stain instead of paint- the number of gallons needed per square foot virtually doubles. You do not have to apply a final coat to the face after installation but you had better have a large, well ventilated area with racks for the wood siding to dry - usually 3-7 days depending on humidity and finish choice.
The fact is that sealing the wood on all six sides prior to installation is the single most important thing you can do to ensure the long term performance of your wood siding- factory finishing saves the headache factor (literally) and is the first step to doing the job right.
What they are not factoring is the COST and TIME of finishing the job in the field or more aptly put - the cost of field finishing your log siding THE RIGHT WAY!
The RIGHT WAY is to apply finish to all 6 sides of the wood prior to installation in order to protect it from moisture damage. As you can imagine applying stain to 6 sides of a stick of wood in the field is a time consuming (and money consuming) process.
It is usually done by the installers (who are not trained finishers) and it is a big job.
Imagine you are an installer at a job site with 2000sq feet of hewn log siding that has not been finished and you have to finish all 6 sides before installation.
Rough estimates of 2x8 or 3x8 log siding require about 3600 lineal feet to cover 2000 square feet of space.
To put this into perspective in order to stain both sides you are going to be finishing 1.4 miles of wood. You will need a place to store 1.4 miles of wood and you will need to dry 1.4 miles of wood without dirt or bugs or anything getting into the finish during this process.
Chances are you are not going to have the proper equipment (or space) to do the job right and if you try the expenses are going to mount up.
So you have a meeting with the homeowner and decide the best way to handle this is to install the wood with no finish and then finish the face after installation in order to save money.
Many homeowners feel that risk is worth the savings however we disagree. The risk is that water will get trapped behind the wood at some point during the home's lifespan. When this happens the pine WILL ROT. There are no exceptions to this rule- if water stands on pine it will rot.
The reason every piece of literature on the subject says to finish all six sides prior to installation is that pine is extremely susceptible to rot.
If rot begins to occur on the back side of your siding you will have no way of knowing until it is too late. Too late being when the rot shows up on the face of the wood. Rot is contagious- if it shows up on the face of the wood chances are it has gone the other way as well.
We have documented cases of pine siding that has begun to rot and has taken out the walls behind it as well as the siding in front. In those cases the entire wall has to be replaced not just the siding itself. The cost of fixing such problems in the field run into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Some of you will be thinking "well that is a worst case scenario" and you would be right however think about it for a minute. In your lifetime how many people have actually taken the time to do a job exactly right?
If you have the same experience as we do you will realize that most people (including installers) take shortcuts. Shortcuts cause worst case scenarios to occur.
Sitting in my chair I have spoken to people directly who have had improper installation techniques cost 10 times more to fix than if they had used proper methods in the first place. The number one cause of problems in the field? Water damage- the number one cause of water damage in the field? Improper field finishing and installation.
If you think I am trying to scare the living daylights out of you, you are exactly right.
I am trying to scare you into making sure things are done exactly right. We feel the risk is too great for our customers.
If we are more expensive than the guys down the road it is because doing a job exactly right usually costs more up front than the cheapest option.
The truth may not be what you "want" to hear but remember if it's worthwhile to do:
It costs 3 times as much and takes 3 times as long as you originally thought it would.
It costs 10 times as much to fix a screw up as to do things right in the first place!
The Question Is - Can You afford Not to Factory Finish?
At the end of the day how much is your peace of mind really worth? Chris Buffalo of Buffalo Lumber Company has consulted on over 20,000 wood projects, bid over 10,000, sold over 2,000 and visited over 200 jobsites nationwide. His credentials are "Been there done that thousands of times". It's not Bull it's Buffalo ;-)
Common Sense Wood Siding Seasoning, Storage and Installation Tips for Do It Yourself Homeowner and Builder
It's not rocket science but it has to be done right. Our DIY Customers sometimes do a better job than professionals because they take the time to read the instructions and do the job exactly right. You have to take your time with wood.
We have had a great experience dealing with Buffalo Lumber while building a new home. After much searching and comparisons, the initial discussion with Jason at Buffalo Lumber helped make the decision to use them in providing the material for the outside of our new home. After that the rest of the team stayed in constant contact with us and always stayed on schedule, which was a big help in coordinating the rest of the home project. The material that we received was excellent quality and makes for a beautiful exterior to our home. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to get quality materials for their project.
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