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Cost Comparison Facts to Consider

When considering the type of exterior look for a home or commercial building there are a number of options. If considering a log exterior it is important to understand that all log exteriors are not equal. Conventional log siding provides an obvious log siding look, it’s easy to see it is not real logs. To achieve an authentic large diameter log look using solid wood the choice is to use solid log or solid half log. Both have drawbacks and ongoing maintenance costs. Log structures have interior design constraints and shrinkage factors to consider. Logs shrink and sometimes move as they continue to dry out. They can shrink as much as ¾” per foot of log rise, therefore requiring up to a 5” header on top of all window and door frames to allow for the shrinking. Leveling jacks are typically needed to level the structure throughout its early years. Using drywall for interior walls is difficult and requires special and costly wall systems. These issues can be overcome but they are expensive, often increasing both the purchase price and ongoing maintenance costs and, therefore, pricing the large diameter log look out of a middle class income range. The look achieved by these large diameter logs is beautiful and highly sought after. The challenge is in trying to keep the beauty of large logs affordable.

The e-log is an affordable option, combining the look of a large log, up to a 16” diameter, with the ease of siding and using conventional stick built housing techniques.

How much does it cost? This is a good question and deserves some discussion. The e-log is neither the lowest initial price choice for a siding system nor is it the most expensive, especially when looking at the total life cycle cost. What is the total life cycle cost? It is the initial cost of the product or system PLUS future costs or savings such as: energy paybacks or lack of, installation costs, ongoing maintenance, and resale value, to name a few. Quality of living and satisfaction with the appearance are also major considerations.

The e-log provides many advantages in comparison to competitive offerings in terms of life cycle cost.

Initial Cost

The e-log is comparable to most high-end siding products if comparing all styles. It is more expensive than vinyl but offers a significantly different look and set of features. The e-log provides more than a large diameter log look—with energy and sound efficiency paybacks as well. The R-factor inherently found in e-log’s Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) provides a continuous payback beginning the first day of installation. Each log offers energy savings due to the 8, 9 & 10 R-factor of the 12”, 14” and 16” apparent diameter log. Given the rising cost of heating fuels, the money saved by making a wise siding choice will quickly pay back any additional cost spent up front.

In addition to the energy savings, the EPS core provides a significant sound deadening, reducing unwanted exterior noises levels. The e-log is ideal for interior applications in dens, offices, or TV rooms to keep the noise in the room.
Lower Maintenance Costs

e-logs need to be maintained like any wood siding. They are made with real wood and must have a coating applied for protection from the environment. A high quality pre-finish is factory applied to the e-log to provide protection while the system is installed on the home and until the final top coat can be applied. This finish includes all the additives, algaecides, fungicides, lignostab and UV inhibitors required to provide a high quality base coat. E-logs are then ready to receive the final top coats providing the final color and long term protection. Long term maintenance thereafter is just a matter of maintaining the finish to provide protection and the beauty.

One of the major concerns with solid wood is splitting, shrinking and movement as it continues to dry out, particularly thicker woods. In order to have a solid wood siding system look like a large diameter log, it must have mass, therefore resulting in the splitting, shrinking and movement. As the wood cracks and shrinks caulking needs to be added to fill in the cracks to prevent additional moisture damage and potential insect infestation. This is an ongoing maintenance factor with large diameter logs to prevent long-term damage and the expensive repairs. The e-log provides the large diameter look without these problems because of the stable nature of its construction. The OSB and the EPS substructure will not move or shift. The hardboard and the thick veneer surface is bonded with a moisture urethane glue system that provides a waterproof moisture barrier. Large cracks that need to be caulked, shrinking, and any other movement will not happen in the e-log, reducing the cost of ongoing maintenance and overall total life cycle cost of the e-log system.
Installation Time and Costs

If a large diameter log look (12” and above) is desired, then the use of large diameter logs is required, unless a system such as the e-log is used. Typically full log buildings take many months or even years to complete. If time is an important factor to the home or commercial building owner, then building a traditional stick built structure and using the e-log will be substantially more efficient and less expensive.

Building with large diameter logs requires heavy-duty equipment on the job site, which is expensive and can be intrusive to the surrounding environment, especially if the building site is in a wooded environment or on rough terrain. The beauty and efficiency of the e-log system is that it is lightweight and does not require heavy machines. The e-log is applied with simple tongue and groove methods and can easily be handled by 2 men on ladders or light scaffolding. Common building tools are all that is required. Thus reducing building costs if using a contractor or if it is going to be applied by the homeowner.
e-logs are Pre-Stained

The e-log comes with a factory pre-stain base coat. This is a UV cured base coat stain system that Pine River Inc. calls the Duridex process. The homeowner only needs to apply the final 2 top coats to provide the homeowners color choice and final protection as recommended by the top coat stain company. The Duridex process includes algaecide, fungicide, lignostab and UV inhibitors to condition the wood for long term protection. Most conventional log siding offerings are not pre-stained. The pre-staining process can have a significant cost impact that should be considered in the initial up front cost as well.
Resale Value

We live in a very dynamic culture. Jobs and other circumstances make us more transient. Housing choices are often influenced by resale value. The benefits already discussed with the e-log—energy savings, lower maintenance costs, and authentic large log look—will all add to the home’s value.
When considering a purchase of any kind, there are always options available, and decisions to be made whether to upgrade or not. A budgeted amount of “$X” is decided upon for the base system. The cost to purchase option(s) is an additional “$Y”. In view of the Total Cost of Ownership, it is important to determine if the option upgrades will provide a payback or value of some type to warrant the additional “$Y” amount. The total cost is important and cannot be overlooked. But when considering the individual cost elements, wise decision making is crucial to include the elements that provide value and eliminate options that do not. This kind of decision making should yield the right purchase for the right price.

Being happy and enjoying wise housing decisions is an important consideration. Coming home after a long days work and enjoying your home is something every one wants. Being proud of your home’s look and being able to improve the neighborhood is also important to your quality of life. If you want a log home, the e-log is a good choice for you and your family. Please take some time and thoroughly evaluate all the choices involved in this large investment. With the e-log you can truly “make any home an e-log home”.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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