Log Cabin Siding - Drawbacks?

Log Cabin Siding - Drawbacks?

Okay, so this seems to be a hot topic right now that there's a lot of questions about.  So I figured I'd take a few minutes to break apart some myths about log cabins in general, as well as explain why modular log cabins in Vermont and Northern New England really aren't a bad option.

A common question that gets asked is about bugs, termites, ants, bees, or other nasty things of nature that will eat into the wood, and how to prevent that.  As you can see from the picture associated with the blog, this is everyone's worst nightmare.  You spent extra to make this house a stellar home, showed it off to all your friends, and bam - ruined siding.  What a waste of money!  But not all is lost, and you have a few things really going for you here.  Time for the breakdown:

  1. The typical fear of termites in Vermont is based on an assumption that termites are everywhere.  This isn't quite true.
    1. "Termites are more likely to be found in southern Vermont cities, like Manchester, than in cities further north, like Burlington, Montpelier and Newport, Vermont." (source:  termites.com)
  2. ​Ants exist and are found essentially everywhere in the world with the exception of Antartica and a few isolated islands.  They are inevitable, but not impossible to deal with.
    1. ​Simple steps like keeping your kitchen clean, or making sure to not leave out sugary substances where ants can get to them are usually the only things you need to really do to prevent an ant issue.

​​But what does this have to do with Log Cabin Siding?  Sure, this information could apply to any home with wood on, near, or around it.  Why Log Cabins?  It's simple really, there is a quick and easy solution to deter these pests.  Use Vynal siding!  But really, that defeats the entire purpose of having Log Cabin Siding and going for that look if it's 100% fake.  So that wasn't quite so simple.  Wait, there's still hope!

Enter:  Borax  "Borate treated wood has been used successfully for more than 50 years in New Zealand, for a decade in Hawaii - specifically to combat the voracious and highly destructive Formosan subterranean termite - and increasingly throughout the mainland United States. Borates prevent fungal decay and are deadly to termites, carpenter ants and roaches - but safe for people, pets and the environment. Borates interfere with termites' metabolic pathways when ingested through feeding or grooming, effectively killing them. Surviving termites avoid the protected wood products." (source: borax.com)

What does this mean exactly?  It means you can have beautiful Log Cabin Siding, with 100% natural wood (typically pine, hemlock, or spruce), and protect it from the damaging threat of ants, termites, bees, and other insects.  But it's not just bugs, it also protects against fungal decay.  It gets better; this substance, which is by every definition poisonous, is safe for people, pets and the environment.  That's a win win across the board!

So what exactly is the drawback of Log Cabin Siding?  Well, honestly, unless you are absolutely opposed to beautiful siding that's 100% natural, I've yet to find a serious drawback.  Seriously, even in spots where termites are a huge issue, there is a very simple solution that will keep your house looking beautiful for years.  

Got questions?  I'd love to answer them.  Feel free to give a call or email, and I'll be sure to answer any questions you have!

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