Log Siding Repair: 7 Tips
Log siding is a less expensive alternative to building a true log home. This type of siding will give your home the appearance of being a log home without a lot of the heavy labor and expensive costs. Today the log siding also comes pre cut and ready to install with just a few days of work. Consumers are able to purchase many different kinds of log siding to resemble that of a particular wood that is desired.
Any type of siding that is attached to the exterior of a home will need to be repaired at some point in the future. The damage is mostly caused by stress fractures as the home shifts. However, there is also plenty of damage caused by severe weather, or contact with items such as rocks, tree limbs, or even garden tools.
1. Clean Siding First
Anytime there is the need for some log siding repair is it important to clean the surface first. You may only need to do some easy superficial repairs that do not require a lot of work. You will have a better understanding of the work that is needed when you remove any dirt and grime that has build up, or is a result of the damage. This may also mean that you have to remove some of the broken pieces.
2. Cut Away Damaged Piece
If there isn't a lot of damage to the log siding, and especially if it is localized to just one or two pieces, you will only need to remove the damaged area. As with other pieces of siding, you will not need to remove the entire section. Cut away the damaged pieces with a skill saw that has the blade adjusted to the depth of the siding only.
3. Treat Ends of Log Siding
Since the log siding is made out of real wood, and not composite materials, you will need to treat any ends that you have to cut before installation. This can be in the form of a water sealer, stain, or primer. However, it is important to take this step before setting the new piece in place.
4. Install with Oly Screws
Oly screws are used for installing logs and half log siding. They are at least 5 inches long and are driven into the center of the log. They give the look of an authentic log building.
5. Use Shims if Needed
Anytime you make a repair to a piece of log siding you want it to line up with the rest of the siding. You can do this through the use of thin wood shims. Simply drive them into the seam there they are needed.
6. Caulk All Joints
Once the new piece of log siding has been installed in place of the damaged one you need to go over all of the seams and joints with waterproof caulking. The caulking is also very useful in giving the overall appearance of real logs. Once the bead has been applied, smooth it out with a small scraper or your finger.
7. Match Stain
If the log siding was delivered without any stain finish, you can add the stain after it is installed. This will allow you to better blend in the stain to match the rest of the exterior.