The log cabin style of vinyl siding enables homeowners to get the charming look of a cabin without the expense and extensive maintenance that actual logs require. Vinyl log siding styles include grain treatments that look like popular woods, including cedar and pine. The KP Adirondack® vinyl log siding colors include Vermont Maple, River Rock, Cypress and Spice.
Unlike real wood, artificial log cabin vinyl siding styles won't splinter. And vinyl log siding colors won't fade, like the paint used on wood products. Log panels are typically thicker than standard vinyl siding, adding strength and durability. Vinyl log cabin siding resists mold and insects and holds color under direct sun and harsh weather. You'll find these siding styles used in the suburbs, cities, and especially with homes in more isolated wooded areas. The siding creates a unique-looking log home without the high costs associated with installing and maintaining lumber.
Wood log homes require extensive re-staining and re-sealing, but today's modern vinyl log siding styles lend a rustic and attractive appearance that is maintained by simply cleaning with soap and water. Additionally, the insulated foam backing used in these products adds insulation from the weather, protects the home from heat loss, and dampens bothersome exterior noise. To complete the full effect, you'll want to complement the panels with matching channels, corner moldings and soffits from the manufacturer.
The key to successful durability and negligible maintenance is precise, professional installation the first time, matching expertise to the manufacturer's specifications. Some manufacturers will not honor warranties unless their products are installed by a certified, experienced installer. Log siding paneling typically is sold and delivered in 12-foot strips. For wider walls, you'll encounter seams. When overlapping panels, it's critical that each panel locks firmly into the adjacent one and that the seams are weather-tight to avoid leaks.
Remember that vinyl panels need to breathe. They can expand and contract as much as a half-inch when temperatures change. Nail the siding too tight and you risk tears. Nail it too loose and you'll end up with leaks or flutter. Installed correctly, vinyl log siding panels will end at receiving channels that allow them to breath while channeling unwanted moisture through internal flanges away from your walls.
The selection of log cabin vinyl siding styles makes it easy to find the right product for your home. Done right, it will perform well and add lasting value.