Concrete Log Siding vs. TruLog Steel Log Siding
Though concrete log siding produces a polished but realistic log home look, this expensive siding option has the potential to sustain damage if not properly and routinely cared for. As someone building a home or renovating the exterior of an existing home, you have to keep your priorities and quality of life in mind. steel log siding is a great alternative to concrete because our steel siding has the style of a log home without the care required of wood and concrete. To get a free quote, please call us at (970) 227-3245.
|Comparison Category||Concrete Log Siding||TruLog Siding|
|Cost of Product||Very Poor||Good|
|Cost of Maintenance||Poor||Excellent|
|Ease of Maintenance||Good||Excellent|
|Chalk and Fade Resistance||Good||Excellent|
|Real Log Home Look||Excellent||Good|
Concrete Log Siding Cost and Maintenance
At an average of about $8 per square foot for all the materials, concrete log siding is one of the most expensive ways to side the exterior of your home. Like the floors and ceiling, the sides of your home are critically important to your home’s overall durability, energy efficiency and longevity. While concrete log siding certainly has its own advantages, 1,500 square-feet of exterior wall that needs to be sided could end up costing about $12,000 when you factor in cost of installation at about $5 per square foot.
At that kind of price, concrete siding like James Hardie® and others do offer significant durability against forces including:
- Temperature shifts
Compared to a log home made with real wood, a concrete-sided home is more resistant to the elements and easier to care for, but you have to perform some basic upkeep to prevent the concrete from getting damaged.
All homes settle and shift over time. This movement leads to cracks in the concrete log siding. If these cracks aren’t vigilantly sealed on a routine schedule, then water can seep into the cracks, where it freezes, expands and breaks the concrete as a result. When the concrete fractures, you may have to spend a good deal of money repairing the damage. Fracturing concrete could even fall away from the home in large chunks, in which case you may be looking at a bigger project to replace it.
Concrete is obviously a very heavy material. Its weight not only makes it difficult to install – which may mean you’ll need to pay to have it installed by a professional – the weight is a lot for the structure of your home to support. Especially if your home is not designed to bear the weight, the concrete log siding can cause bowed walls or cracks in the interior sheetrock. All of these things can be prevented with TruLog™ steel log siding, without sacrificing the durability and rustic appearance you get with concrete.
How does Concrete Log Siding compare to TruLog™ Steel Siding?
The advantages of our patented steel log siding over concrete log siding include:
- Less expensive to buy, install and own over time
- No maintenance required
- Much less heavy
Like concrete log homes and cabins, TruLog™ siding retains the look of genuine wood logs, primarily with the incorporation of realistic hewing, chinking and paint colors. Concrete is made in a mold in order to look like logs, but TruLog® mimics those natural lines and contours that you see in timber. While concrete log homes have the burdens of cost and yearly care, our steel log siding comes at a fraction of the price and requires no upkeep other than rinsing it with water when it gets dirtied.
Also similar to concrete options, our steel log siding doesn’t involve chopping down any trees, which some homeowners appreciate when thinking about the environmental friendliness of their home. TruLog™ is proudly manufactured in the US and shipped directly to you from us. With our installation DVD, you can install it yourself, or contact a local installation professional or contractor to place your authentic steel log siding for you.
To get a free estimate for the cost of TruLog™ steel log siding for your project, please call our helpful, knowledgeable team in Loveland, Colorado at (970) 227-3245 or complete the online contact form.