Durability and Longevity: Why Timber Half Log Cladding is a Wise Investment

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Half log cladding features a tapered cut, resembling full logs, with the thicker edge overlapping the thinner edge of the previous piece.

This traditional method provides a tight seal, safeguarding the building against wind and moisture. Wood cladding, or siding, serves as a protective and decorative covering for both residential and commercial buildings, offering a range of benefits.

There are various kinds of timber cladding. However, we will specifically be discussing the Half-log cladding.

At Sabie poles, we supply quality CCA treated Half log Cladding which is known to be the most common type of cladding used, mainly for cabins, lodges and resorts.

Benefits of half log cladding

Benefits of Half Log Cladding

Is a popular choice among homeowners and builders because of its many benefits. Some of the benefits include:

  • Natural Beauty: The use of half log cladding can bring a warm and natural beauty to the appearance of a home or cabin. This is because it has a timeless quality to it that can enhance the architectural style of any building it is used on.

The natural texture and coloring of the wood can create a rustic and inviting atmosphere that many people find appealing.

  • Durability:

Half log cladding can maintain its structural integrity and appearance over time, even in the most challenging environments.

The half-log shape allows it to shed water and snow more effectively, which helps to prevent moisture damage. Moisture is one great threat when it comes to timber. This effect makes it last even longer.

  • Insulation:

It has a higher insulation value than other types of wood cladding, which means it is able to trap heat inside the building more effectively.

This can help to keep the interior of the building warm during colder months, reducing the need for artificial heating sources and therefore lowering energy costs.

In warmer months, the insulation provided by wood cladding can help to keep the interior of the building cool, reducing the need for air conditioning and further reducing energy costs.

  • Low Maintenance:

Unlike some other building materials, minimal upkeep is required to maintain its beauty for several years. The regular maintenance required is typically limited to cleaning and staining. Therefore, to keep the cladding looking its best, it is important to clean it periodically to remove dirt and debris that can accumulate on the surface.

Staining the wood can also help to protect it from weathering and damage, ensuring that it maintains its natural beauty and structural integrity over time.


CCA treated Half-log wood cladding, when subjected to proper maintenance and careful attention, is renowned for its exceptional durability, boasting a lifespan of over 30 years.

House with half log cladding


Proper installation is key to ensuring the cladding looks great and lasts for many years. Here are some tips for installing half-log cladding that will help you achieve professional-looking results.

Pre-Installation Preparation

Before you begin installing your half-log cladding, it’s important to properly prepare the logs and the wall surface. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Measure and cut the logs: Measure the length of the wall where you’ll be installing the cladding and cut the logs accordingly. Make sure to account for any windows or doors.
  • Prime and seal the logs: Apply a primer to the logs to ensure the stain adheres properly. Seal the logs to protect them from moisture and insect damage.
  • Prepare the wall surface: Make sure the wall surface is clean,

Installing Wood Half Log Cladding

Now that you’ve properly prepared the logs and wall surface, it’s time to start installing the half log cladding. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Start at the bottom: Begin installing the logs at the bottom of the wall and work your way up. This will help ensure the logs are level and straight.
  • Use spacers: Use spacers between the logs to ensure consistent spacing. This will help ensure the cladding looks even and uniform.
  • Secure the logs: Use screws to secure the logs to the wall studs. Make sure the screws are flush with the surface of the logs.

Finishing Touches

Once you’ve installed the half log cladding, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Caulk the seams: Use caulk to fill in any gaps or seams between the logs. This will help prevent moisture and insects from getting in.
  • Stain the logs: Apply a stain to the logs to protect them from the elements. Choose a stain that matches the color of the logs or gives them the desired look.

Treatment and maintenance.

Using CCA-treated cladding offers the advantage of being paintable or sealable. This means that you can customize the appearance of the cladding to suit your needs, while still maintaining the protection that the treatment provides.

We recommend “Timberlife” products of staining and sealing as it is 100% compatible with our product improving the quality even more.

We export to all SADC Countries, also Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, and Sudan. Contact us for more information.


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