Vinyl Log Siding vs. TruLog™ Steel Log Siding

When deciding how to construct the log-style cabin that you and your family can call home, you have several options for log siding. Vinyl log siding is a great option for some families because it’s cheap and requires no ongoing care. There are some drawbacks to the vinyl option though, including lack of durability and lack of a genuine log appearance. The TruLog™ steel log siding difference is that you get the authentic log home look without the maintenance of other options. To learn more about steel log siding vs. vinyl siding, or to get a free estimate, please call us at (970) 227-3245.

Comparison Category Vinyl Log Siding TruLog Siding
Cost of Product Excellent Good
Cost of Maintenance Excellent Excellent
Ease of Maintenance Excellent Excellent
Chalk and Fade Resistance Poor Excellent
Warranty/Durability Poor Excellent
Moisture Resistance Excellent Excellent
Environmentally Friendly Very Poor Excellent
Real Log Home Look Poor Good

Things to consider when evaluating Vinyl Log Siding

Vinyl log cabin siding is inexpensive and readily available. Many homeowners appreciate its low upfront cost and the fact that they won’t have to perform routine maintenance on it like they would with real logs or concrete log siding. But as someone considering any type of vinyl log siding, you should also be aware of the disadvantages of this option, which include:

  • Easily fades
  • Poor resemblance to real wood
  • Lacks durability and strength
  • Not weather-proof

When the weather turns rough – as it often does in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and other regions where log homes are popular – vinyl log siding is vulnerable to severe damage. Hail can punch large holes into the vinyl or rip it off the home altogether, which then leaves your home’s underlying structure open to the weather and moisture. Punctured vinyl siding will have to be replaced, which will come at an additional expense.

Vinyl Siding Hail Damage
More Hail Damaged Vinyl Siding

Temperature swings and extremely hot or cold temperatures can damage the vinyl log siding as well. Temperature causes expansion and contraction in the vinyl, which may warp, crack or detach from the walls as a result. Again, you’ll likely have to replace your vinyl siding in this scenario, which will cost more money.

How much does a Vinyl Log Home cost?

Cost is a significant factor for any homeowner who is renovating, building or restoring a structure. Cheap vinyl siding has a cost advantage over most other types of siding. Generally, vinyl log siding costs about $3 to $5 per square foot with all the necessary materials that go with it. If you need to cover 1,500 square feet, the material cost averages about $6,000. This is an affordable price, though TruLog™ steel log siding is also quite affordable compared to real wood or concrete siding. But as discussed above, in addition to the initial cost, you must also factor in the cost of needing to replace any damaged vinyl.

Additionally, any vinyl siding you want to replace will have to be thrown out. This material is not recyclable. TruLog™ steel log siding is 100 percent recyclable, which allows you be more environmentally conscious if you ever decide to dispose of your steel siding.

Fading in Vinyl vs. Steel Log Siding

Another drawback to vinyl for siding your log-style home is how easily it fades. As a result of weathering, UV rays, and normal wear and tear, vinyl siding tends to fade easily compared to wood, steel and concrete siding options. The paint may blister and crack, and you will have to replace all of the vinyl siding as it cannot be repainted. Again, this is an additional cost down the road that you must factor in as you compare faux log siding options.

TruLog™ steel log siding has a durable paint coating and surface protector. It stands up to the harshest elements and resists:

  • Fading
  • Blistering
  • Peeling
  • Scratching
  • Chipping

Whereas damaging UV rays can fade and warp vinyl log siding, the state-of-the-art CoolPaint™ technology used in TruLog™ has reflective pigments that reduce the energy consumption of the walls. DuPont™ Teflon® surface protector makes our coating one of the hardest so it stands up to weather, scratches and stains. Plus, when you purchase our steel log siding you automatically get the limited lifetime warranty, which provides 30-year chalk and fade protection. We stand by the quality and durability of our product, and we want you to have the maintenance-free, log-style home your family will love.

If you want to get a free quote on the price of TruLog™ steel log siding for the project you have in mind, just call us at (970) 227-3245 or contact us online. We are located in Loveland, Colorado and ship our boxed steel siding directly to the construction site address you provide.

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