half log vs. steel log

from TruLog™ Steel Log Siding

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a log cabin, one thing you probably didn’t envision is all of the maintenance that goes along with it. Half-log wood siding requires re-painting, restaining, and re-sealing. Not only does this maintenance take up a lot of your free time, but it also costs quite a bit of money. That’s why we created TruLog™ steel siding. You can have the rustic log cabin feel and look, but our steel siding requires absolutely no maintenance and can last 30 years or longer. If you have always dreamed of owning a log cabin that you can pass down to your children, steel log siding can help make that dream a reality. Learn more about why TruLog™ steel siding is the superior choice and then contact us today for an estimate.

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 the homeowner. TruLog™ steel log siding looks like genuine wood, and has the same homey feel and traditional log-home look, without the need for any maintenance. At TruLog™, we believe in the value of spending your time with your loved ones doing the things you enjoy rather than focusing on the maintenance of a half-log home. Contact TruLog™ to get an estimate for your renovation or other siding project.

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

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. 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. Our TruLog™ steel log siding comes at just a fraction of the cost.

Cracked ChinkingCracked Chinking
Rotten LogRotten Log

Half-log siding requires routine maintenance to keep your home in the best shape possible and to avoid damage like rot. As a result, the price of half-log siding doesn’t end with the upfront cost. 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 TruLog™ 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

Real wood siding has a look that is difficult to replicate. However, 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
  • Includes a limited lifetime warranty with a 30-year paint and chalk protection
  • Environmentally friendly because it does not use harsh staining, sealing, and chinking chemicals
  • Steel siding is 100% 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. Contact us today! We stand by the quality, durability and performance of our steel log siding product.


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