The following installation guide is reasonably easy to understand, and anyone with an interest in building should be able to install log siding without professional help. Furthermore, log siding is easy to install and can be used on just about any type of wall including concrete, brick, wood, and so on.
But before we look at the guide, we’ll take a few seconds to explain a few benefits that come with this particular type of siding. If you are a builder or have a great interest in building, chances are that you have noticed that hybrid log homes have grown quite popular in the last couple of years. The reason behind this sudden popularity is that log siding provides incredible flexibility since the siding can be applied on the inside and the outside as well.
Another fact about log siding, which also happens to be a huge benefit, is that it hides plumbing and electrical work. Another benefit of this siding is that it makes construction extremely easy and cost effective. For starters, it is so light that it totally eliminates the need for having a crane and other heavy machinery on site. Secondly, log siding doesn’t have to be chinked which equals to even more funds saved in terms of labor. It also doesn’t retain rain water, so it doesn’t rot.
Back to our installation guide – you’ll need the following tools:
· Wood shims
· Table saw
· Compound miter saw
· Screw gun or drill
Begin by installing the OVC (outside vertical corners)
Assuming that you are using screws, set the OVCs, also known as outside vertical corners. Using screws is a bit easier when compared with using grooves, but if you prefer the latter, you will find that the OVCs have some groves designed therein to allow strapping. The strapping method leaves no visible fasteners.
Fix the door and window trims
Once you are done with the OVCs, fix the D Trim (door trim) and try to achieve a 90-degree angle in the process. Luckily, wood shims can be manipulated to acquire an exact 90 degree. Don’t worry much if you can’t achieve the exact angle since the siding can. However, do try to get as close as you can. Once you are done with the door trim, fix the window trims as well.
Choose your ideal installation pattern
After deciding on the installation pattern you want to follow, start the process from the corner of your building, or from the side you believe has the highest visibility. The reasoning behind this idea is that it will enable you to align your lines beautifully, especially where it is most noticeable. You may choose to proceed from the left to the right and vice versa, but once you get started, ensure that you move in the same direction.
Install the bottom row
Using a building level, install the first piece of your siding to the sill plate. A building or construction level is important as it will help you to keep up a straight line. Ensure that the screws go through the crown of the tongue, through the groove situated at the bottom, until it penetrates the studs at an angle of 45 degrees. Always double check that a panel is well leveled before attaching to the studs. Use the first plate as your guide throughout until the entire wall is done.
Repeat the process (step 4) until complete
After you are done with the bottom row, return to your starting point and work on the next layer. To prevent the joints from falling a long one stud, try stair-stepping each and every layer as you work. Once the first row is over, you may insert the screws through the tongue alone. At times, a screw may splinter the tongue as it pushes through. If you notice this, take out the splinters and carry on along the line. As you work, make sure each and every piece fits tightly on its tongue, and also on the tongue of the piece beneath it.
Make modification as you proceed
Watch out for curves and bulges in the log siding as you proceed. If you do notice any, try to tighten or loosen the screws on that particular location. Alternatively, you may use some wooden shims to force the wall out enough to adjust it with screws.