INSTALLING PIONEER LOG SIDING
“When installing, we highly recommend protective gloves, eye wear and hard hats.”

Shipment
After your Pioneer Log Siding arrives; place it across some ground boards. If you have ordered your siding unstained, you should cover it until you're ready to stain.


Installing log siding using spacer strips


Siding butts against a false hollow beam
Installing Log Siding
Pioneer Log Siding can be installed on most any flat surface. Most new building structures are covered in a brand name plastic weather guard as shown in our photo. We suggest you start your first line of siding from the bottom up. To avoid warping we also suggest you install all of your Pioneer Log Siding with small headed 2.5” (or longer) deck screws.

If you choose to use all of the same size siding or a variation of sizes, you could use spacer strips, to be placed between your siding boards. Your Chinking will cover the spacer strips.

Spacer strips can be cut from 3/8" or 1/2" plywood or particle board in 8’ lengths. You may choose to cut them all in the same widths such as, 2 1/4" or in different widths. Spacer strips provide your chinking spaces and can support your next siding run. You should only fill your chinking spaces with no more than 3/8”- 1/2" deep, as recommended by the manufacture.

When installing your spacer strips, you must cover them with a typical plastic packing tape. I use tan instead of clear so you can see what you’re doing. The reason for the tape is, you do not want you’re chinking to stick to the wood strips, only to the top and bottom of your Pioneer Log Siding boards. REASON: When the chinking dries to a hard rubber like substance and your siding shrinks a bit, it needs to glide freely over the tape without the Chinking pulling away from your logs.

For a clean and slick cabin look, you can use the same size Pioneer Log Siding boards on your home and the same size chinking spaces. But, if it’s a real frontier historian look you’re after, mix up your board widths, and go random, 12,” 8” and 10" boards. However, stay as horizontal as possible, without being "perfect!" Just enjoy the process and have fun!



Siding with spacers and without spacers


Smooth chinking between boards


Chinking
adds warmth,
charm and
protection to any
Log Cabin finish.

Chinking the Spaces
Chinking was originally done to fill in the imperfect spaces and insulate the cabins. It also added a special charm to the old historic log homes. We suggest getting bids from a professional Chinker in your area or you can do it yourself. If you are the adventurous type, the internet is full of chinking information. If you want your Pioneer Log Siding to look like the pioneers did it, don’t make your chinking to smooth or perfect. Don’t be sloppy but, make it a bit rough looking.

Important: When chinking, never fill the spaces full. Just seal them well and keep it shallow enough to show the beautiful hand-hewn edges. As an added bonus, you will be saving on chinking material!

Note: Personally? I don’t care for white or light chinking that upstages my boards. I personally prefer a semi darker tone, mostly gray to pull more attention to my log siding.

charwood stain
CHARWOOD STAIN
Chestnut stain
CHESTNUT STAIN
covered-bridge stain
COVERED-BRIDGE STAIN
riverwood stain
RIVERWOOD STAIN
Age Staining
You may choose to have your Pioneer Log Siding pre-stained and ready to install. I use a special staining process that ages the wood and retains the depth and beauty of the grain. I strongly recommend that, should you decide to do it yourself, you use a transparent stain as it will let the grain show through, whereas a paint stain
will not.

I am always on call to help with any questions
you may have along the way and will be happy to help you to attain the historic look you are searching for.

Chinking between siding boards
Rough and shallow chinking between boards

 

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P.O. Box 766 Coupeville, WA 98239   •    pioneersiding@yahoo.com
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