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How Much Does Log Siding Cost?

Typical Range: $5,000 - $23,500

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Overall, the average cost of log siding is $4.30 per square foot without figuring in labor or other construction factors. However, the price can go up to $8 or be as low as $0.70 per sq. ft. depending on the quality and type of material. To give a better picture of what this means, the average 2,500 square foot home will cost between $5,000 - $23,500 for the siding and installation, resulting in an average cost of about $14,000.
Log siding is a classic exterior design choice for homeowners. Drawing inspiration from woodland cabins, they come in half or quarter cuts so they can be installed using conventional frame construction. This product can be made from natural wood, synthetic materials, or a combination of both. Each variation has advantages and drawbacks.
Homeowners must be aware that what log siding material they choose will affect how much they spend. Materials vary in quality, durability, thickness, style and amount of labor needed, while other details like trim boards, long tail corners, molding and vents will add to the total expense.
Due to the savings compared to full logs, they have been a popular choice for homeowners who want the look of a log home while still having money to spend on other parts of the house. It's also important to hire experienced contractors when working with this kind of project. Overall, getting the job done correctly the first time will save you time and money.

Log Siding Prices

What you'll pay depends on the material and its quality. The list below is a snapshot of what prices and materials are available, but the numbers show that you can expect to pay between $5,000 - $23,500 for siding and installation for the typical 2,500 square foot home. Keep in mind that these prices are just examples and still have room for variation when it comes to quality, brands and make. To find out more about each one, check out our comparison of popular siding materials.
Log Siding Costs Per Square Foot
MaterialAvg. Per Sq. Ft.Avg. per 2,500 Sq Ft Siding
Traditional Wood(Pine)$2.25 - $5.00$5,700- $12,500
Cedar$3.50 -$8.00$8,750- $20,000
Vinyl$3.00- $6.00$7,500 - $15,000
Steel$4.00- $5.00$10,000 - $12,500
Fiber Cement/Concrete$0.70 - $5.25$1,750 - $13,200

Traditional Wood

Traditional wood gives your home the attractive look of a log home but offers up to 50% savings compared to full logs. Our in-depth comparison of log homes vs. wood homes explains more of the pros and cons of these constructions.
Average Price
  • $2.25-$4.00/sf for 2" planks
  • $3.50-$5.00/sf for 3" planks
  • Price increases when figuring in factory finishing and kiln drying. Kiln-dried logs are pre-shrunk to make sure the wood doesn't warp or shrink after the project is complete.
Benefits
  • Timeless look
  • Unique knots and grains
  • Great authentic wood smell
  • Lighter than full logs
  • Will avoid residual settling
  • Can be installed inside and outside of home
  • Look just like traditional cabins
  • Great insulators= energy efficient
  • No need to paint
Pitfalls
  • Vulnerable to water damage
  • Backside can develop mold and moss
  • Vulnerable to insect damage
  • Requires regular staining and finishing.

Cedar

Cedar is a popular choice; although, it’s a little more expensive than other traditional woods. It’s a natural material that gives you the gorgeous look and authentic smell of timber, exuding the comfort of a remote woodland lodge.
Average Price
  • $3.50-$6.00/sf for 2" planks
  • $5.50-$8.00/sf for 3" planks
  • Price increases when figuring in factory finishing and kiln drying.
Benefits
  • Timeless look
  • Unique knots and grains
  • Great authentic wood smell
  • Lighter than full logs
  • Will avoid residual settling
  • Can be installed inside and outside of home
  • Look just like traditional cabins
  • Great for climates with extreme temperatures and different moisture levels
  • Great insulator= energy efficient
  • No need to paint
Pitfalls
  • Requires meticulous maintenance
  • If not properly finished, cedar will be susceptible to rot, mold, termites and moss
  • Must be refinished and stained regularly

Vinyl

Vinyl is an attractive alternative that gives your home a log cabin look without the added costs and maintenance of authentic wood. For more in-depth pros, cons and cost considerations of this material, check out our comprehensive guide on the costs of installing vinyl siding.
Average Price
  • $3-$6/sf
Benefits
  • Affordable alternative to organic materials
  • Since it isn't organic, it will resist rot, mold, insects and mildew better
  • Durable enough to be power washed
  • Can look like any wood species
  • Can be painted
  • No need to be finished or treated before installation, saving you time
  • Saves you money on periodic refinishing
Disadvantages
  • Doesn't look as natural as natural wood
  • Doesn't smell like natural wood
  • Not a good insulator

Steel

Steel combines the strength of iron and carbon with the elegant look of timber. This premium material is a hardy alternative to natural logs. For more information, explore our complete steel siding cost guide.
Average Price
  • $4.00 to $5.00/sf, but market price often fluctuates
Benefits
  • Fire-resistant
  • Recyclable
  • Easy to maintain
  • Fewer seams (due to longer sections)
  • Durable
  • Needs less maintenance than natural wood
Disadvantages
  • Heavy, making it difficult to handle and transport
  • Not suited for DIY
  • Is often obtained by a special order
  • Not a good insulator

Fiber Cement/Concrete

This alternative is made of reinforced concrete and is often called "faux" or "fake" wood. However, manufacturing processes have continued to make fiber cement a competitive alternative to natural logs. For more information about the costs of Hardie Board, a popular brand of fiber cement siding, consult our fiber cement cost guide.
Average Price
  • $0.70 to $5.25/sf, depending on the quality
Benefits
  • Easy maintenance
  • Fire-resistant
  • Mold, insect, rot and moss-resistant
  • Durable (after construction is complete)
Disadvantages
  • Heavy, which makes it difficult to handle and transport
  • Fragile during installation- not a DIY-friendly project
  • Can crack during settlement of new constructions
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Cost to Install Log Siding

Log siding allows homeowners to spend significantly less compared to building a traditional timber home. A full log home costs $170-$250 per square foot. However, if you use its eco-friendly alternative, you'll spend at least 50% less.

Half Logs

Also known as 3-inch log siding, requires only half the amount of wood compared to traditional logs but has the same log home façade.
  • Pine —$3.50-5.00/sf
  • Cedar — $5.50-$8.00/sf

Quarter Logs

Also called 2" siding, these are even better for the environment, using 75% less wood. They can also be installed using conventional frame construction. It's light and easy enough to be used in a DIY project.
  • Pine —$2.25-$4.00/sf
  • Cedar —$3.50-$6.00/sf

Labor

For a typical 1,500 square foot house, here are some labor cost estimates:
  • Removal of old siding —$0.45/sf, charged per square foot = $675
  • Installing new materials — $36/hr, charged hourly. 52 hours = $1,872
  • Painting vinyl —$34/hr, charged per hour. 16 hours = $544
  • Insulation —$36/hr, charged per hour. 18 hours = $648
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The Pros and Cons of Log Cabin Siding

Using log cabin siding has many benefits and drawbacks that you should carefully consider.

The Pros

  • Looks like full logs
  • Can be put on conventional frame construction
  • Save on labor compared to full log cabins (quicker and easier installation)
  • Natural log siding is energy-efficient & eco-friendly
  • The right materials raise your property value
  • Are cheaper than full log homes

The Cons

  • Natural materials need regular treatment and maintenance
  • Natural siding is prone to insects, wear and tear, moisture and mold damage
  • Some synthetic materials require insulation, which add to labor and material costs
  • Metal and fiber cement are heavy and difficult to install without a professional

DIY

Log siding can be managed as a DIY project when you have experience and the right tools. However, it's best to hand this project over to the professionals if you're a novice or lack the right tools to do the job safely. If you’re changing your home’s siding from a different style, you’ll likely need a permit before beginning the project.

Cost Factors

  • Material quality and type
  • Stains and finish if the siding is natural
  • Removal and disposal of old siding (if applicable)
  • Paint (if applicable). Find the price of paint for your home siding
  • Building materials like saws, nail guns and insulation (if not included and provided by a pro)
  • Quarter or half size logs
  • Buying and building from a log home kit

Safety Factors

For taller homes, you need safe ladders and scaffolding. You’ll also need safety glasses and helmets. Most importantly, do you have the skills, permits and enough help to do the job safely? Siding can require multiple people to lift, straighten, hold and attach. If you don’t have the strength or numbers to do it yourself, research and find a professional service to do the job safely.

Pitfalls

  • You'll need a permit from your local government to change the material of your siding
  • You'll need expert knowledge in construction, including:
    • Attaching frieze board and sheathing
    • How to use tools for fitting, sanding, cutting and installing siding
    • Repairing places of the home where bugs and moisture have caused damage
  • Improper installation can lead to expensive damage in the future
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Tips for Hiring a Pro

Make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. Have a definite schedule in place before construction starts. Check out the contractor's reputation in the community.
For the best results, we recommend that you hire a siding pro for a safe and proper installation.
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