Log siding is very commonly used on the gable ends of a home. What is a “gable end”? That is a good place to start. It is the triangle end of a home that forms in the eves under the roof line. Many times cabin are constructed with solid logs to the top of the walls, approximately 105″ or 14- 15 rows, and then the gable, or triangle, ends are framed with standard construction. Then siding to match the solid logs is installed over the framed wall. On the inside of the home typically 1×6 tongue and groove pine or cedar is used.
Log siding is not ideal for all types of logs. Log homes with a Swedish Cope stack are not good candidates for it. Most of the time solid log is used all the way to the top of the gable peak. To get a true match log siding for Swedish Cope, a log has to be cut in half. This yields a full half log. With a framed gable there is usually not enough room for the framed wall and the full half log siding.
Though Swedish Cope logs do look lovely, one other disadvantage to the solid log to the top of the peak is shrinkage. As the logs climb higher, the slight shrinkage of the log is magnified when it is 22 feet tall instead of 9 feet tall.
Another type of log stack is a single or double tongue and groove with a D-log. These logs are most commonly used with the log siding for the gable ends. The log siding can be purchased along with your home package to make sure it is an exact match. Trying to save a few dollars and match the siding to the logs yourself after your home arrives can make for a real challenge. Every mill is slightly different and every product unique. So to save some headache, it can be wise to purchase your logs and your siding from the same place.
A third type of log is the round on round, also known as the double D log. To match the gables and the logs on the inside and outside, one can purchase extra log siding and use it inside the gables as well an on the outside. This gives a really nice appearance of full log inside and out.
So with a framed wall, shrinkage is reduced, the gable ends remain tighter, bugs and insects are kept out, and you have the option of choosing how you want the inside of the gable to look. Logs are a natural product and they do “breathe” some with the environment around them. The studs in a framed wall does not allow for the movement that a log wall is capable of. Thus your home remains tighter in the gables and more insect and weather proof.