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Old 07-28-2011, 02:45 PM   #61
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I don’t understand after going to all of the thought and expense of logs even considering anything other than wood for siding on the gables and soffits.

Vinyl and composites have there place but not on a log house, but that's just my opinion.

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Old 07-28-2011, 04:58 PM   #62
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cocobolo went in and talked to a rental place about getting the high lift platform. Took a look at it and talked with the guy about how to use it and such. Will run almost $1000 for a week and that includes them hauling it out here and taking it back to town.
We plan to do that when we put the house wrap on. Been pricing out different things to put on the gable end.
Composite shingles.
metal.
Vinyl.
Cedar
etc.
Personally I like the composite. No maintaince.
Hubby likes the vinyl (Cheap), but his folks had a trailer house that had that on it and after a hail storm we found numerous holes in it from the hail stones.

started sanding the lower east logs to get that last bit of stain off.

The TWP will be in tomorrow. Picking it up on Saturday.
Why not build your own scaffolding. For a whole lot less money you could build two or three leaners any height you like, and just add two 2 x 10's or 2 x 12's on top. Then you would have your own scaffold to use anytime.

As for what to put on your gable ends. I would use either cedar shingles or vertical cedar siding.

The composite products are nowhere near as good as the manufacturers claim...and they are expensive.
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I tend to agree with cocobolo in regards to the composites. There are many decks even in this forum that are having huge problems. I was surprised myself when I went into a local lumber yard and saw a 2x6 composite board that was twisted around like a corkscrew, that was enough for me to stick with natural woods. By the way your dream home looks amazing.
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I grew up in a house with cedar siding on it. I can still remember walking around it and tapping the staples back in. I know a lot of builders now use a nail gun instead of those long staples.
After 30 plus years my folks finally had it all ripped off and had a composite siding put on it.

I am listening to all of you though.

Just wondering now what would you guys do to treat cedar shingles or siding to have them continue looking nice?
Would you treat them with an oil?
stain them with an oil based stain?
We are looking for some low maintance on that part of the house if possible.

Ok another question.
As for venting the attic space our builder suggested gable end vents,one on each end, but I do not know if that would provide enough air flow through there. should we consider an attic vent fan or something else?
Just something to remember we can have winters with no snow and we have had winters with drifts over 5 feet high and 3 feet of snow on flat ground.
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in order to determine if gable vents would be adequate one would need to know the square footage of the house along with how many other vents are there. There are solar powered roof vents as well that only come into play when it is warm out might be worth considering. Just a thought.
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Total sq footage including basement is 4608.
No solar panels.
Only other vents are for the sewer lines.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:42 PM   #67
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Staples for cedar siding? Well, that's a new one on me, and I did contract siding for a good number of years. If your cedar is nailed on properly, I don't see any reason why it should need to be re-nailed at all.

Maybe your parents did put composite material on, but do they have a log house? And how long has it been on there?
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Total sq footage including basement is 4608.
No solar panels.
Only other vents are for the sewer lines.
The square footage you need to know is that of the roof area. It has nothing to do with how big your house is.

Your local building inspector can tell you how many square feet of vents you need based on your local code. It will likely be 1 square foot for every 300 square feet of area.

Did your builder put soffit vents in?
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I would go with shakes. My brother just re roofed his house that had original 1974 shakes on it. The house is in central WA, about the same climate your in. You could build a trough and soak them before putting them up. Much easier. dorf dude...
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My bad, sorry for the slip of tongue on the square footage of the roof and how many vents are already in place if any.
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No my parents have a regular 2x4 stick frame house. It was built back in 1975. The contractor did a lot of cheap things to it. Yes they used 2x4's as the framing.

No vents are in it right now.
Let's see the roof has a 12:2 pitch.
Sorry I do not have the formula to figure it out.

Looking at doing a metal soffit under the eves with vents.
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I was wondering what you planned to do on the gables. When I was buidling log homes, we had a place mill wood to make them look like logs. They would have a tongue on one side and groove on the other.

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No my parents have a regular 2x4 stick frame house. It was built back in 1975. The contractor did a lot of cheap things to it. Yes they used 2x4's as the framing.

No vents are in it right now.
Let's see the roof has a 12:2 pitch.
Sorry I do not have the formula to figure it out.

Looking at doing a metal soffit under the eves with vents.
I don't know who is giving you your roof pitch information, but it sure isn't 12:2.

Your last picture measures out to 6 1/2 in 12, but I'm sure the perspective is changing that slightly. Given that it is a truss roof, my money is on 6 in 12 exactly.
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OK dug out the floor plans and it is a 6:12 sloped roof and it lists in the blue prints a continuous ridge vent on the roof. It is 49'6" in length.

The 2:12 is for the porch roof.
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Even if you don’t need a gable vent I’d consider putting one up there anyway even if it’s nonfunctional.

That’s a mighty big gable and could use something up there to break the wall up. Some corbels would look good too.

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