Maintenance Free Log Siding
Log homes, and imitation log homes made of concrete and vinyl, require quite a bit of care if you want to maintain your home’s appearance and durability for decades to come. For a genuine log home look without any siding upkeep, compare those 3 options to maintenance-free TruLog™ steel log siding. Get outstanding durability and a natural log home appearance, minus the staining, re-chinking and other duties that go into caring for other materials. To get an estimate for the steel log siding manufactured by our Loveland, Colorado family business, please call our office at (970) 227-3245.
Why Log Homes require Regular Maintenance
Caring for a log home means never letting wood-related problems go without prompt correction. Timber for log homes has certain characteristics making it vulnerable to problems such as:
- Insect infestations
Trees have natural defenses against the elements, but when they are turned into logs for construction, they lose the bark and systems that protect them from rot and other problems.
Similarly, concrete siding made to look like homes has to be regularly re-sealed to keep it from cracking. Vinyl typically doesn’t require care, but it often has to be replaced because of warping, fading or other damage caused by the elements.
The Cost of Maintaining a Log Home over time
As the owner of a log home, you have to stick to a schedule of routine maintenance in order to prevent the problems listed above. That upkeep typically includes:
- Replacing damaged chinking
- Repairing split or rotted logs
- Exterminating pests or insects
In a typical situation, you’d have to perform this maintenance about every 2-3 years; however, sometimes log home upkeep is required more often. For example, re-staining the house each year might be needed. There are really two types of costs for this maintenance: time and money.
You have to invest quite a bit of time to take care of your log home, and that’s time away from doing the things you enjoy with the ones you love.
From a financial perspective, the cost of log home upkeep can add up to tens of thousands of dollars over a decade or more. Although the cost can of course vary, generally the average cost per square foot of log siding maintenance is $2 to $5. Using this figure, for a home with 1,500 square feet of log siding, required maintenance for the home would range between $3,000 and $7,500 every time it’s performed, which then adds up astronomically over 10 years or longer.
Class A Fire Rating
Fire is a big concern, especially with the dry weather and droughts in the west. Wildfires have created a haze over western states too often in the summer months over recent years. The TruLog steel log siding has been tested by an independent laboratory and quailified for a Class A fire rating, the highest rating available. This means that a building with TruLog siding is more resistant to fire.
How does Steel Log Siding compare to other Material?
For the same style, charm and appeal of a log home without staining, chinking and other maintenance every few years, TruLog™ steel log siding is a great option. With this siding, strength against the elements is achieved in part by heavy gauge steel construction, as well as dent-preventing foam backers. Steel siding prevents the rot and other moisture-related problems that plague traditional log siding, and you only need to rinse the steel siding with water if you are unhappy with any debris or dirt that accumulates over time.
As you compare the maintenance requirements of various home exterior options, it’s important to keep your priorities in mind. Log homes and cabins have a look, feel and overall aesthetic that’s unlike any kind of house, but they require a lot of your time and money. Steel log siding has the same natural, rustic appearance with little to no care required.
Our steel log siding can be used for a wide variety of log-style structures. To get a quote for your project, please call our friendly, knowledgeable team at (970) 227-3245 or contact us online. We are fully committed to providing our customers with a high-quality product and outstanding customer service. We ship boxed steel siding directly you, no matter where you are in America.