The Effects of Sun on Siding

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Photo by Jesper Särnesjö

Here comes the sun. After what in many places across the country was a long and cold (but hopefully not lonely) winter, the sun has returned, and arriving with it are seasonal home building and renovation projects.

But the sun can also take its toll from your home, particularly the siding. When considering siding, it’s important to evaluate how the material used will stand up to sun exposure and heat, and whether the siding—like the patented TruLog™ steel siding system—comes with a warranty against fading and other damages. To learn more about TruLog or request a sample, give us a call at 970-646-4490.

Sun, Heat and Siding

When the sun is out, to borrow from another Beatles song, there is not always something to laugh about.

Over time, sun exposure can progressively cause vinyl and wood siding to fade. When the extreme summer heat of places like Colorado, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico is added to the mix, the damage can be more than a matter of aesthetics.

When it comes to vinyl siding, sun and high temperatures can lead to buckling, rippling, cracking and warping. This can contribute to gaps in the siding panels and leave other openings in which moisture and pests may enter, and wreak further havoc on the structure of your home.

Sun and heat can also cause premature wear on wood siding and log homes, even those in which the timber is chemically treated and properly sealed. Wood contracts and expands with changes in temperature, and long-term sun exposure can dry out the wood, causing cracks and breaks in the wood and sealants. This is why log homes and houses with wood siding require routine maintenance to limit the effects of the elements.

The TruLog™ Siding Difference

TruLog is a revolutionary steel siding system designed to provide the look and texture of an authentic log home without the maintenance worries.

Though its protective coating is shiny out of the box, TruLog siding adapts the look of natural timber with a little exposure to weather. Unlike vinyl and wood siding, however, TruLog will not fade, warp or break when faced with long periods of sunlight and dry heat. TruLog is backed by a lifetime warranty against damage, and the warranty includes 35 years of protection against fading.

TruLog is also truly maintenance free, so you can spend your time (and your money) on more important things, like enjoying the spring and summer with family and friends. Here comes the sun. And with TruLog steel siding, it’s all right.

To learn if TruLog is right for your home, or to request a sample, please contact TruLog online or call us at 970-646-4490 to talk with one of our siding experts. 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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