Should I Use Cypress For My Log Home?

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Cypress is a popular type of wood for building a wide variety of things, including log cabins and homes. Although it can be an attractive option, it requires a great deal of care to keep it looking good over the years. And this requirement for upkeep is in fact the downfall of all log siding options. With TruLog™ steel log siding, your home will have the same attractive log-style appearance without the care and upkeep. To learn more, please call our experienced team at 970-646-4490.

Cypress as a Building Material

From canoes to cabins, cypress trees have historically had many uses. In fact, a historic cypress timber frame log cabin was included in the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. As part of the fair’s theme – A Century of Progress – the Cypress Log Cabin, along with 4 other homes, were part of an exhibit to showcase the era’s most modern building materials and home appliances. Later, all of these houses were moved to what is now the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The other 4 houses were relocated by barge while the Cypress Log Cabin had to be completely disassembled, moved and reassembled at the Lakeshore site. Today, the public can schedule tours of these historic homes heralded as cutting-edge in 1933.

In terms of housing material, cypress can be utilized for a variety of interior and exterior features:

  • Siding
  • Decks
  • Flooring
  • Shingles and shakes
  • Interior railing
  • Cabinets
  • Trim
  • Fencing
  • Shutters
  • Interior paneling

All of these things and others look rustic and charming when constructed with logs and wood. Unfortunately, you’ll need to care for the wood if you want it to keep looking good for years to come.

Disadvantages of Cypress and Other Real Wood Siding

While cypress looks great, it does require maintenance, just like pine, cedar and other types of logs. Every 2-3 years, logs may need to be re-sealed, re-stained and repaired in other ways. Although cypress is somewhat resistant to rot and insects, it is nonetheless vulnerable to these things.

Enjoying the Look of Cypress with the Ease of TruLog™

The great thing about TruLog™ is that it can be combined with wood features for an ideally rustic look. As you can see in our gallery, many of our customers side their homes with hassle-free TruLog™ siding, but use real wood for decking, railing and other exterior structures. You can also incorporate wood inside your home, while ensuring the exterior of your home is protected from the elements with durable steel siding.

TruLog™ is the perfect way to get a log home look without the maintenance. To get a free estimate for the cost of siding your project, please call our experienced team in Loveland, CO at 970-646-4490.

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