Steel Log Siding Installation
Starter Strip Installation
The first step in the TruLog steel siding installation is securing starter strips a half of an inch to an inch below the top of your foundation. As you can see in the video below, find that point, make a mark on the wall, measure that mark from the soffit down, and then make that same mark further down the wall. You can then snap a chalk line between those two points so you have a line of reference when installing your starter strip to ensure it is level with the rest of the wall. You will then line up the top of your starter strip flush with that line and secure the strip with one-inch to inch-and-a-half screws. Check out the video below for more instructions:
Corner Base Installation
The next step in the TruLog log siding installation is measuring and cutting your corner base to the height of your wall down from the soffit. Here you will measure from your soffit down to the bottom of the starter and cut your corner base that length and then secure it to the wall using one-inch to inch-and-a-half length screws. The corner will act as the base for your corner cap, which will be installed later, and act as a channel for your siding to be accepted to the corner of your structure. You can see how this is accomplished in the installation video below:
J-Channel is the next step in the steel siding installation process and is required around your doors and windows to accept the siding and cover cuts. First, measure a side of your door or window and add a half inch, mark that extra half inch and leave it for now. We do this so we can intersect the next J-channel piece either at the top, bottom, or side. This extra half inch will be cut out so you can intersect the other piece of j-channel together. Mark your measurement on the j-channel, cut it, and install it. Make sure you have the j-channel behind the start and the j-channel is flush with the top of the door or window. You will need to install j-channel for around all your windows and doors before starting your siding, it will make the installation of the siding much easier. Check out the video below for the full installation and tips:
Outlet Block Installation
Another piece that helps with the TruLog metal siding installation is an outlet block. An outlet block is a base and cap system that helps the siding to be accepted to your faucet, electrical outlets, and lights on your exterior walls. It gives your exterior wall penetrations a nice, finished look. These blocks can be purchased locally at a hardware store, Home Depot, or Lowes. Watch the video below for further instructions:
TruLog Siding Installation
Now for the best part of the installation process…installing your steel log siding! Your siding will come in 12-foot lengths and will be securely boxed up. Each siding box will weigh around 90 pounds, so be careful when handling and moving the boxes. There will be 11 panels in each box which will cover 100 square feet of your exterior walls. Also included in the box and behind the siding is the foam backer that will add rigidity and insulation value to your home.
Take your first piece of TruLog siding out of the box and remove the foam pieces from the back of the siding to more easily lock the panel into place. The foam can be installed later after the panel is locked into place. As you can see on the panel, there is a bottom lock that you will fit into the starter and make sure you slide the panel into the j-channel if you have a door, window, or a corner you are siding into. Fit the bottom lock of the panel into the starter strip and push up on the panel, locking it into place. You can feel on the starter strip if the panel is locked into place or not. Once you feel it is locked into place, you can secure it to the wall on one end and start inserting the foam on the other end by pulling back the panel and dropping it into place. What is really nice is you can slide the foam down the line of the panel. After you have all the foam in place, secure the rest of the panel by screwing or nailing it to the studs of the wall and in between. Studs in the wall are usually 16 inches apart. You are now ready for your next piece of siding
For your second piece of siding on the same row you just started, again, take out the foam backer from the panel to make it easier for installation. You will notice the notch out at the top and bottom of the panel and this allows the panels to overlap each other about a half of an inch. The seams will lay flat with each other and you will be able to drop in the foam backer and secure the panel to the wall.
TruLog Siding Installation – 2nd Row
Real log homes have staggered seams because settlers took whatever logs they could find in the forest, cut them down, and pieced them together. To give your home that same authentic look, you can stagger the seams of TruLog to make this steel siding look just like wood. You can decide how you want to stagger the seams just like we have at the beginning of the video below. In this instance, we choose to start our second panel at 4 foot so the seam is staggered from our first panel. You can cut the siding with a steel-toothed, non-abrasive saw blade or steel snips.
TruLog Siding Installation Around Light Blocks, Faucets, and Lights
If you have a light or an outlet where your next piece of siding needs to go, follow the directions below and the video provided to properly cut the siding to fit this wall penetration. Put the next siding piece up on the wall and into the j-channel if able. Line up your light block or material you used to cover your wall penetration and mark on your panel how long and deep you will have to make a cut to make the siding panel fit around the area. You will use your steel snips for this cut since they make the most precise cuts in small areas. Check out the video below for more instructions:
Installing TruLog Siding Under Windows
The first step to installing TruLog metal siding under your windows is to measure from the lock of the panel where you overlap the panels by a half inch, to the inside of the j-channel. Then get the measurement from the inside of the left side of the j-channeled window to the inside of the j-channel on the right side of the window. This will tell you how long your cut needs to be. Lastly, you need to measure the depth of the siding that you need to cut out so you measure from the inside of the j-channel on the bottom of the window to the top lock of the panel below it. Mark these measurements on your siding and start your cuts from the top of the panel you are going to install which is where the nail strip is. You are now ready to cut this section of siding out so your TruLog panel will fit neatly underneath the window. Make sure to watch the full video below to get all the instructions you need:
Last Piece of TruLog Siding before Soffit
You are so close to being done with your TruLog installation! You have one more piece to install but the siding is too tall so the panel needs to be “ripped” down to size so it fits correctly right before the siding meets the soffit. Measure from the soffit down to the nail strip and subtract a little bit to make it easier to lock in the panel. Leaving a little room between the soffit and the siding won’t be a big deal because you will have another piece that will snap into the soffit that will cover that cut panel. Make the mark on your panel on each end and then snap a chalk line matching those two lines up, this line will be your cutting line. We suggest to cut your foam this same depth and face nail it to the wall before installing the last piece of siding since you won’t be able to drop the foam in after the panel is locked. You can install the last piece of siding just like you other pieces. Lock it into place and then you will face nail the panel towards the top since we had to rip the panel down and there is no longer a nail strip. Watch the video below for detailed instructions:
Frieze Board (Crown) Installation
One of the last pieces to install is our frieze board or crown piece. Now that we have our last piece of siding installed, you can see the cut siding along with a little foam so we would like to give the home a finished look and the crown piece does just that. The crown is a 2-inch face L-angle metal that snaps into the j-channel of your soffit or if you have wood soffit. The frieze board covers the last piece of siding and face nails finishing your siding installation. Take a look at the video below for more detailed instructions and tools we used for this step:
Corner Cap Installation
The last part of the TruLog log siding installation is securing the corner cap over the corner base. The corner cap gives your home a unique and finished look. Our corner cap has a hem so start on one side of your corner base, snap it on, and then you can snap on the other side and adjust the corner up and down as needed. The corner can be stretched a little so don’t be afraid to lock in one hem and stretch the corner to the other side. You can secure the corner with a screw at the bottom if you want but it isn’t necessarily needed. You are done with your installation! Watch the video below for full instructions on installing your corner cap: