Concrete Log Siding vs. TruLog Steel Log Siding
Though concrete log siding produces a realistic log home look, this expensive siding option can still be damaged if not properly and routinely cared for. 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. When you’re ready to order maintenance-free steel siding, contact TruLog™ for a free quote.
|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 that price, concrete siding offers 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. The water then 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 a very heavy material. Its weight makes it difficult to install and is a lot for the structure of your home to support. If your home is not designed to bear that much weight, the concrete log siding can cause bowed walls or cracks in the interior sheetrock.
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
- Does not weigh nearly as much as concrete
Like concrete log homes and cabins, TruLog™ siding retains the look of genuine wood logs 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. Similar to concrete options, our steel log siding is not made from wood so it has less of an environmental impact because it does not require the chopping down of any trees. TruLog™ is proudly manufactured in the U.S. and shipped directly to you from our warehouse. With our installation DVD, you can install it yourself or contact a local installation professional or contractor. To get a free estimate of TruLog™ steel log siding for your project, please contact our helpful, knowledgeable team in Loveland, Colorado.