Q: Why would I want to buy my log siding prefinished?
A: Number one reason: it's more economical! Prefinishing can save you as much as half the cost of having your siding stained on site. Plus prefinishing in a controlled factory environment allows a much more uniform coating that penetrates deeper than field coating. This gives you a finish that will last longer. As little as two weeks exposure to weather and sunlight can negatively affect wood siding's ability to hold a field-applied finish. Prefinishing also avoids problems with shrink lines when seasonal temperature changes shrink/expand the siding.
Q: Why is kiln-drying of my log siding important?
A: One of the variables we control in order to assure a high-quality prefinished stain job is the water content of the wood. Too much water and the stain doesn't penetrate as well. Note that not all kiln-dried wood is the same; differing percents of wood water content all are referred to as "kiln-dried". We specify our wood kiln-dryed to a specification that is ideal for the staining process.
Q: Should I specify the use of rain gutters and down-spouts?
A: Yes. A good roof water removal system with gutters and down-spouts will help to direct water away from your siding. Be sure to keep this system in good working order by cleaning out the gutters frequently. Direct the down-spout discharge at least 6 feet away from your home (even further away is better).
Q: What kind of ground cover should I use next to my house?
A: If your log siding is close to the ground, be sure to specify a ground cover that doesn't hold water. Ground cover rocks work great, and your local landscaping supplies dealer will typically have a selection of them in different colors and textures to match your landscaping theme. If you don't use rocks, try to use only inorganic materials and keep them at least 1 foot from the bottom row of log siding. (see design issues above...)