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    Default Best Cabin Siding

    Hi All,

    What seems to be the best siding for a bush cabin? Based on up keep, cost, and the elements? Thanks.

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    good question

    any wood product will have about the same or similar maintainance issues. A sheetgood will be more trouble transporting but come pre-primed. If a guy had a portable saw mill you could make 1x lap siding fairly cheaply from local trees. (not a novice project) composite siding isnt cheap but its durable. vinyl sucks imho The old cdx plywood is functional but not pretty. I think this is why so many build with 3 sided logs.
    I think for portability, a panelized frame prefinished with metal exterior would be as maintainance free as it gets. Of course it all depends on where, when, how and whom.

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    I'm thinking of a place on the interior and wanted to know what would stand up the best. Thanks for your insights


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    I put metal on my cabin only because I didn't want to spend my time refinishing the exterior. I would rather spend my time doing fun things but I prefer the look of a wood sided cabin, either in log or in lap siding.

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    This is some 1x8 roughsawn. I built this cabin 2yrs ago in Sterling.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mics_54 View Post
    This is some 1x8 roughsawn. I built this cabin 2yrs ago in Sterling.


    Pretty. Where did you get it?

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    Pre-primed strand board T-111. Put it up, paint it, and forget it for many years. The same material is used for lap siding if you find it worth all the extra work to put siding on. T-111 is the best compromise for me.

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    Joel, I bought the 1x8 at Koch Lumber in Anchor Point. In 2007 it was .50/lft

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    What do you put on it? What works the best as a wood preservative?

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    Default Hardie Plank or Cedar Siding

    I used hardie plank on my cabins and I love the stuff. It is heavy but if you're on a road system it rocks.

    Cedar siding is great too, right now here in SE it's about 700 a thousand.

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    What do you put on it? What works the best as a wood preservative?

    I used Mesmers UV which is available in several shades. it's about 150.00/5 gal. Depending on sun exposure.. recoat in 3 years.. Sprayed and backrolled. coverage is about 250 sqft/gal

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