One of the exciting new uses of concrete in building is concrete log siding. While some purists prefer authentic log siding, the benefits in durability and strength have won many over. Concrete is, of course, one of the most versatile and durable materials in the housing construction arena. Because it is extremely weather resistant, concrete is used for roadways and surfaces, structures and decor, and nearly anything else you can imagine.
The Basics Of Concrete Log Siding
Sturdier than real wood, concrete log siding avoids the structural instability and settling of more traditional materials. In areas prone to wild fires, severe storms, and other disasters, this cladding can provide a safe shelter during difficult times.
This exterior cladding is made by pouring concrete into half-log shaped molds. These can then be joined into conventional siding, or left as-is and used in more traditional log home construction. With the methods available today to give a wood-look texture and color to your CLS, they can give you an authentic log cabin look but with added strength and durability.
Concrete vs. Real Logs
Natural wood has long been used in construction. Over time, however, wood can decay and sustain damage from weather and insects. Fire damage is always a concern when using wood in construction.
While wood can provide beauty and texture for your home, CLS can be treated to provide the same look without the risks of fire and insect invasion. Especially in areas in the west where wild fires are an annual concern, concrete log siding can give you a traditional log cabin appearance without the fire risk.
Concrete log siding can withstand any weather conditions and is very low maintenance. Because it is fire resistant, you don’t have to worry about fire hazards such as lightning. Rain and humidity won’t cause concrete log siding to rot, and there is no concern at all about termites or other pests. There is no possibility of warping due to heat and humidity, and concrete log siding can withstand high winds better than most materials.
No Re-Staining Need
Traditional wood log homes have to be re-stained often, usually at least every five years. CLS needs no additional staining after construction. One of the more time-consuming maintenance chores of a log home is chinking. Filling in the spaces between logs in a wood home must be done every 10-20 years, depending on the climate and construction. Using CLS eliminates this need.
Versatility In Inside / Outside Appearance
Another advantage is that they are one-sided. While the outer side looks like natural wood, the interior surface is flat and smooth. This makes it easier to finish the interior of the home. Instead of a rough uneven surface the home owner is working with a smooth dry walled surface.
The largest hurdle is its appearance. Although the manufacturing methods today are so good that they look quite natural when completed, there is a great deal of push back from purists against them. While genuine logs are all slightly different, the log panels are not. It can be difficult to get a truly natural look, although some manufacturers address this by making a variety of patterned siding pieces.