They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to roof eaves we believe the appearance of a log home or a Modulog sided home is improved with some amount of roof overhang (eaves). Wider eaves not only give more of a log cabin look and feel, they offer protection from those harmful UV rays that break down the chemical bonds in the protective finish you have so diligently applied.

When talking with customers about installation of Modulog siding, the question of how to finish off the underside of the roof overhang and porch the-beautiful-home ceiling (soffit areas) usually comes up. Now that they have made the commitment for a cedar log make-over and the home owner is exited about the project, some tend to over react and plan to use log siding in these soffit areas. Although we would be happy with a larger siding order, log siding here just doesn’t seem to look right. We temper their enthusiasm with a suggestion that not only looks better but is a lot less expensive.

Of course, if you have short eaves, like under one foot, you may choose to leave the under side of the exposed rafters uncovered as there is not much open area to view and the facia will give a good clean appearance.

For wider eaves, tongue and groove 1 x 4s or 1x 6s are often used but the overhead work is difficult and time consuming – not to mention the cost of the finished lumber.

Our recommendation: The simplest and least expensive way to trim out the underside of your roof overhang as well as porch ceilings, is to use 3/8″ or1/2″ plywood siding. Commonly called T-111, these panels have a textured or “sawn” exterior side and are manufactured with or without vertical grooving. Use the ungrooved material and cut panels to fit: install with the rough side out. Be sure and stain before installing. A small air stapler will speed up the job even more.

Note: Some homes have attic vents between every third or fourth