A Guide to Faux Wood Siding Options

Are you preparing to re-side your home or cabin? If so, it’s time to consider all of your options for siding. At TruLog®, we understand that this is an investment that you want to take your time with. If you make the right decision, your home could be protected by a beautifully rustic siding for decades to come. 

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss your different options when it comes to faux wood siding. With choices like vinyl log siding, concrete log siding, and steel log siding, how do you make the decision that will benefit you and your family for years to come? Continue reading to learn more, and when you are ready to side your home with the best faux wood siding option, shop the steel log siding at TruLog®.

Vinyl Log Siding

Vinyl log siding is a common option for faux wood siding because of its price point. Many homeowners allow the price of the siding to drive their decisions. However, when it comes to vinyl log siding, you truly get what you pay for. While vinyl siding is typically quite moisture-resistant and requires little maintenance, the quality of the siding is not comparable to any other faux siding on this list. 

Vinyl log siding does not have the real log-home look that many homeowners are searching for. It is also the least durable of the siding choices on this list. It’s prone to fading and chalking, and is not as waterproof as other siding options. In addition, vinyl siding is not the option to choose if you are searching for siding that is environmentally-friendly and sustainable. While vinyl siding may fit nicely into your budget, you may not be happy with your decision a few years down the road. 

Concrete Log Siding

Concrete log siding is often considered by homeowners as a solid siding choice for the exact opposite reason that they would choose vinyl. Concrete siding is durable, environmentally-friendly, and can provide a pretty decent and real log-home look. However, concrete log siding is also the most expensive siding option on this list. 

Concrete log siding is a strong and durable siding option. However, over time, homes settle and shift. This results in cracks in the concrete siding. These cracks must be filled and sealed almost immediately, otherwise, moisture can seep into the cracks. Water that freezes inside of the concrete cracks will expand and continue to break and crack the concrete further, which can result in expensive repairs. If you are going to invest in concrete log siding, you have to be ready to commit to the maintenance and repairs. 

Steel Log Siding

Steel log siding isn’t the cheapest siding on this list, nor the most expensive. When you choose steel log siding, you’ll be getting the best bang for your buck. Steel siding is durable and resistant to fire, moisture, rusting, cracking, fading, chalking, and rotting. If you choose steel log siding for your home, you can do so for a reasonable price and have a siding that will continue to protect your home for about 30 years.

Another benefit that we should point out about steel log siding is that it’s completely maintenance-free. You will never spend your free time repainting, rechinking, or restaining your siding. Also, steel log siding is made from sustainable materials and recyclable. That means that after three decades have passed and you decide it’s time to re-side your home that none of your old siding will end up in a landfill. 

What About Real Wood Log Siding?

Now that we’ve discussed your faux log siding options, you’re probably wondering why you would consider one of those options when you could have a real log cabin. Real log cabins are beautiful and rustic, but they require a lot of maintenance and have to be regularly repainted, restained, and rechinked. While real log siding is the best choice for some people, it may not be for others. Log siding can be expensive and doesn’t always last as long as it’s faux counterparts. In addition, having real wood on the exterior of your home makes your house more prone to insect infestations like termites and carpenter ants as well as more susceptible to fires. The real question is, why choose a siding option with all of these limitations when steel log siding is maintenance-free, increases your homes insulation rating, and is fire-resistant?  

Shop TruLog® Steel Log Siding

We hope that after reading today’s blog that you are more informed about your faux wood siding options and why steel log siding is the superior option. At TruLog®, we are very proud of our steel siding. We offer it in four traditional colors and four premium colors so that you can create the log home of your dreams. We also offer steel board and batten siding for those looking for the farmhouse look. Learn more about our steel log siding and contact the team at TruLog® for an estimate.

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