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How does artificial log siding differ from cement siding?

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The main difference between artificial log siding and cement siding used on home exteriors is the composition of materials. Concrete is used to manufacture artificial logs, which is a different material than cement. Artificial logs also differ in appearance, mainly in shape and color. Cement siding is manufactured in many different styles and color combinations.

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Artificial logs made from concrete material do contain a certain amount of cement, but concrete is also made using aggregate materials, such as gravel, crushed stone or sand. These composites are bound together with water. Concrete logs are mainly used as an alternative to natural wood logs, and they create an old-fashioned log cabin exterior design. Alternatively, siding composed of cement is used as an alternative to natural wood shingles that are made from hardwoods such as cedar.

Artificial cement shingles are made from a composite of cement, sand and cellulose fibers, which is pressed into shingles or planks. When it comes to aesthetic appearance, most concrete log colors mimic natural wood colors that are either light or dark. Cement logs also include marks and lines found in natural wood for an authentic appearance. Fiber cement siding also replicates the look of wood, but it creates a polished exterior that is uniform in appearance.

Both types of artificial wood products are more fire resistant than wood, and both hold up well under various outdoor weather conditions.

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