Is Concrete Siding too Heavy for Mobile Homes?

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New, quality siding for mobile homes can help protect the structures themselves, improve energy efficiency and refresh the exterior appearance. As with traditional frame homes, there are a number of siding options for mobile homes.

But fiber cement siding, which has become increasingly popular with standard houses, is usually not the best choice for mobile homes. If you’re considering residing your mobile home, we invite you to call TruLog™ at 970-646-4490 to learn more about our innovative log-like steel siding system or request a sample.

Cement Siding: A Heavy Hitter

One of the advantages of fiber cement siding is its strength and durability. Cement siding is not prone to decay, and it is resistant to fungus and pests. It stands up well against potential weather damage, and it offers greater defense against fire than wood and vinyl exteriors.

However, the strength of concrete siding comes with a cost. Cement siding panels are heavy and unwieldy when compared to steel, vinyl and aluminum siding. Because of the weight and bulk of the panels, most concrete siding systems require special equipment and professional cement siding installers to place.

This weight can also be prohibitive for mobile homes, which have different support beam structures, framing and foundations than standard homes. According to the mobile home siding options page on Mobile Home, fiber cement siding board weights nearly 300 pounds per 100 square feet, which can also make moving a manufactured home a problem.

Cement Siding and Cracks

Many homeowners who have had costly fiber cement siding installed have later complained of cracks. This can be especially problematic for mobile homes.

Manufactured homes are more susceptible to shifting than traditional frame homes that are permanently rooted in a foundation. This, coupled with the weight of cement siding panels, may likewise contribute to premature cracking of the siding.

TruLog™ Steel Siding vs. Cement Siding

Like concrete siding, TruLog provides excellent protection against moisture, pests and the elements. Though comparatively lightweight, TruLog offers superior dent protection and is more resistant to fire than vinyl and wood.

TruLog is not vulnerable to warping or cracking, and it requires no maintenance to retain its appearance or durability. Should you eventually decide to change your siding, TruLog’s steel panels are 100 percent recyclable; there are currently no recycling programs in place for fiber cement siding.

To learn if TruLog is right for your home, or request a sample, please contact TruLog online or call us at 970-646-4490. TruLog is based in Loveland, Colorado, but we ship nationwide and work with installers in states including Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Missouri and Pennsylvania.

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