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Comment by Chris Wood on November 11, 2013 at 11:57pm
There are certainly a few concrete siding or structural log alternatives. And their finished product looks pretty good as an alternative for the real thing. Maybe maintenance drives people to this decision. Maybe it's shrinkage and settling, which is commonplace with solid logs. But what gets me is the other 90% of the home construction. The wall portion is only 10% of the cost of the home. The rest of the dry-in is floor, roof, insulation, windows, porches, etc., and this isn't concrete. Then the finish stuff is kitchens, baths, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, cabinetry, trim, masonry, basements, etc. If the concrete guys provide a total solution like the solid wood guys track record (with overhangs, gutters, porches, stains, details, and maintenance), and the client enjoys the finished concrete look, great. Us solid wood guys can't win them all. The point is, building a nice custom home to hand down to next several generations is more than wall maintenance. With the right design, the wall material is irrelevant or easy to maintain. Don't let the tail wag the dog.
Comment by James W. Harbin on October 31, 2013 at 11:11am

Hello Folks, True log home lovers would never concrete over wood. Maintenance seems to be the the concern that drives people to consider alternatives to logs. All homes require annual attention to the exterior. Properly built and preserved log homes don't require as much maintenance as you may think. It is rare to have to treat the entire house at one time. Exposure to the elements determines the amount of work required to keep your logs protected.

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