Half-Log Wood Siding vs. TruLog™ Steel Log Siding

The traditional log home or cabin made with half-log siding has a rustic, all-American charm that is difficult to match. But half-log siding involves a great deal of maintenance, cost and potential problems that can be a time-consuming hassle for you as the homeowner. TruLog™ steel log siding looks like genuine wood, and it too has the homey feel and traditional log-home look, but without the need for any maintenance. At TruLog™, our family business believes in the value of spending your time with your loved ones, doing the things you enjoy. Leave the maintenance of a half-log home behind. To get an estimate for your renovation or other siding project, please call us at (970) 227-3245.

Comparison CategoryHalf-Log SidingTruLog Siding
Cost of ProductPoorModerate
Cost of MaintenanceVery PoorExcellent
Ease of MaintenanceVery PoorExcellent
Chalk and Fade ResistanceVery PoorExcellent
Warranty CoveragePoorExcellent
Moisture ResistanceModerateExcellent
Environmentally FriendlyPoorExcellent
Real Log Home LookExcellentModerate

Upfront Price and Maintenance Cost of a Half-Log Home

The price of half-log siding varies widely across the country, but generally it costs $9 to $12 per square foot for the siding, as well as the staining and sealing it needs. For coverage of exterior walls totaling 1,500 square feet, you could pay as much as $15,500 or more for a half-log home. The price of half-log siding is fairly expensive, and steel log siding comes at just a fraction of the cost.

Cracked ChinkingCracked Chinking
Rotten LogRotten Log

With the half-log option, including cedar siding and other types of wood, routine maintenance is needed to keep your home in the best shape possible and to avoid damage like rot to the logs. As a result, the cost of half-log siding doesn’t end with the upfront price. Every 2-3 years, you may have to spend as much as $7,000 to perform routine care, which typically includes:

  • Re-staining
  • Re-sealing
  • Re-painting
  • Replacement of any rotten, damaged or split logs
  • Replacement of any damaged or cracked chinking

A log home is something most people would like to be able to pass down to children and future generations. With all those maintenance costs, making your log home last for decades can add up to tens of thousands of dollars. Without attentive care, the half-log siding could experience advanced problems that are even more costly to repair.

TruLog™ Advantages over Half-Log: Cost, Durability, Performance and Ease of Care

With our steel log siding, you can make your home last for decades without having to provide constant care for your siding. In fact, TruLog™ siding doesn’t require any maintenance other than a simple rinse with water when it’s dirty.

Maintenance CategoryReal Wood Half-Log
Media Blasting/Sanding$3.65-$5.00 a square foot
Staining Cost$2.25-$5.00 a square foot
Chinking Cost$2.50-$3.00 per linear foot
Replacing logs$100+ per log

Though real wood siding has a look that is difficult to replicate, for the homeowner who wants the log home look without the maintenance, TruLog® steel log siding is a durable option with a realistic log-like appearance. Other advantages of our steel log siding include:

  • Made of rugged, rigid, heavy gauge steel
  • Designed to mimic the appearance of hand-hewn logs
  • Designed to mimic chinking that divides logs
  • Tough surface protector resists fading, scratching and peeling
  • Galvanized alloy prevents rust and corrosion from water
  • Innovative CoolPaint™ technology improves energy efficiency with infrared reflective pigments
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty that includes 30-year paint and chalk protection
  • More environmentally friendly because it does not use harsh staining, sealing and chinking chemicals
  • Steel siding is 100 percent recyclable

For these reasons and others, many people choose steel log siding to create their rustic family home. Maintenance-free steel log siding allows you to spend your free time doing the things that enrich the lives of you and your loved ones, whereas with a half-log home, you may have to spend a considerable amount of time tending to the home’s exterior.
The team at TruLog™ is ready to answer your questions and provide you with a free estimate for your siding project. Please call us today at (970) 227-3245 or contact us online. We stand by the quality, durability and performance of our steel log siding product.

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