Vinyl log siding: An inexpensive option?

A log sided cabin may be your dream for your perfect weekend retreat, but after pricing wood logs and installation costs, your dreams may be on hold. Think again. There's an option to wood logs that has the same rustic appearance and none of the maintenance hassles, at a fraction of the price. The best part is really enjoying your vacation home instead of spending precious free time restaining, recaulking, or fighting termites, mold and rot. Consider vinyl logs:

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Vinyl log siding: Rustic appearance, tremendous savings

Log homes are pretty, but they are also expensive and very time consuming. Pricing varies depending on the type of log siding and the supplier, but the materials and accessories to side a small 600 square foot cabin could range from $10,000 to $12,000, uninstalled. This doesn't include the perpetual labor and materials required to protect the logs from moisture and insect damage.

Vinyl log siding's realistic appearance is created with castings from wood logs. Cleaning them requires a good bath from a water hose.

Pricing will vary depending on manufacturer and your contractor, but a few examples to consider:

  • Adirondack--KP Building Product's log siding is insulated and ranges from $4.00 to $5.00 per square foot for siding and accessories. The logs are available in four realistic colors
  • Timbermill--This log siding ranges from $3.50 to $5.50 per square foot for materials and accessories and is so authentic you can count the knots. The siding is offered in two rustic colors.
  • Kaycan--Also check out this Canadian company's Montebello vinyl logs.

The initial savings for using vinyl instead of real logs on your 600 square foot cabin could be $5,400 to $7,400. Add in considerable long term maintenance savings. You may have that log sided cabin sooner than you thought.




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