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Exterior Variety

An overview of roofing, siding and cladding products that can help enhance homes.

June 30, 2006
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Fypon's PVC Trim is designed for non-load-bearing applications in woodgrain and smooth styles, plus beaded and corner boards with a density comparable to pine. The trim is insect-, mold- and mildew-resistant and can be ripped to size with a sable or circular saw. Sheet stock is available in 5/8", ¾" and 1" thicknesses. Preassembled corner boards are available in 4×4"×10' and 6×6"×10' configurations. The trim can be made into a variety of products including door and window trim, soffit, fascia, rake boards, battens and other architechtural millwork.




Crane Performance Siding's CraneBoard Double 6½″ authentic Beaded siding allows panels to interlock and keep seams tight and flat. The backing has an R-Value of 2.8 and includes Perform Guard to repel pests. Panels come in 12′ lengths and offer a 45 percent reduction in sound and 300 percent more impact resistance than typical beaded siding. The four recently added colors are: regatta blue, cabin brown, lighthouse red and evergreen.




Manufactured with SBS-modified asphalt and fiberglass reinforced, Elk's 12″ Ridglass high-profile hip and ridge shingles feature a pre-folded design to reduce installation time. The shingles meet UL 997 wind uplift rating, are UL 790 Class A fire rated and have the company's StainGuard treatment. Originally available only on the West coast, the line reached distributors in the Midwest and East in April.




CertainTeed's Vinyl Carpentry soffit and siding panels feature InvisiVent triple 3 1/3" vents to offer more than 50 percent more ventilation than standard vinyl soffits without perforations and have a Class 1(A) fire rating. The Solid Triple 3 1/3" vertical siding panels can be used to accent areas that don't require ventilation. The company offers a lifetime limited warranty.





Tamko released its latest offering of scalloped and diamond shapes for its 12″ Lamarite Slate Composite shingle line. The shingles are formulated with composite materials that are both robust and flame-retardant, meeting UL Class A fire resistance and UL Standard 2218, Class4 impact resistance. The shingles come in four colors: slate green, dusk grey, mulberry and midnight black. The Lamarite line features a 50-year limited warranty from Tamko.

800/641-4691, ext. 2245


Royal Building Products

Royal's Colorscapes vinyl siding is made with Luran S ASA, BASF's colorfast, heavy gauge (.044") thermoplastic to withstand 180 mph. A 3/4" butt height and double rolled nail hem ensures panels fit tightly. The panels are manufactured to ASTM standards and are available in natural low-gloss woodgrain finish.





Decra's shingles use a lightweight blend of zinc/aluminum alloy-covered steel with 3M ceramic stone granules and sealed with a polymer coating. The company provides a 50-year limited warranty, 120 mph wind sustainability and impact resistance to UL 2218 specifications and is non-combustible, Class-A rated. The line includes traditional shingle, shake, Mediterranean tile and shingle-plus options.





Met-Tile now offers its Spanish-tile-look steel panels in custom sheared lengths in addition to standard lengths of 2–20'. The panels have a 230-plus mph wind rating in accordance with wind uplift tests performed by Underwriters Laboratories and meet test requirements for fire retardant roofs based on Uniform Building Code Standard No. 32-7.



Azek Trimboards


Azek's Frontier Series Beadboard has a 5/8"×4" profile featuring precision milled edges, a center bead on one side and a v-groove on the other for deck trim, stair risers and covering exposed joists. The boards are comprised of cellular PVC with small-cell microstructure for a wood-like density and can be heat-formed for rounded shapes and arches.

877/ASK-AZEK (275-2935)




Nano-technology is Nichiha's exclusive silicon-clear protective surface coating that provides self-cleaning and low maintenance features for its three new fiber cement panel lines: Quarry Stone, Canyon Brick and Field Stone (shown). A thin layer of silica self-cleans the panels when it rains, or they can be cleaned by spraying the surface with water. Each panel line is available in three colors.

86 NICHIHA 1 (866/424-4421)




TCS Satin metal roofing is a stainless steel substrate plated with Follanbee's patented ZT alloy. This specially formulated zinc and tin combination is micro-embossed with a pattern resembling the satin patina of pure zinc plate. The non-reflective, uniform, textured finish weathers naturally to a cool gray patina. Installation is simplified because no back coat is required.





DaVinci synthetic shake shingles feature both wavy and straight grains throughout all blends, colors and sizes. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines and enhances the look of rough-hewn cedar. Available in four natural color blends with five different sizes and five individual wood-tone colors. The shakes are packaged with all five sizes and wood-tone colors in each bundle.

800/DaVinci (328-4624)


Koma Trim Products


Koma PVC wood grain trimboards have the appearance of natural, rough-sawn wood grain on one side and a smooth finish on the other side. The trimboards are water- and salt-resistant, insect-proof and never need painting. The white color throughout is UV-protected and won't swell, rot, split, delaminate, cup or craze. Trimboards can be cut, glued, nailed and routed with the same tools used on standard wood.




Owens Corning

Severe WeatherGuard HP shingles feature a 130 mph wind warranty. The shingles are a patented composite construction with special adhesive that helps retain the protective granules and have a spun-bound, impact-resistant webbing at the shingle base. The complete severe weather system includes matching WeatherGuard HP hip and ridge shingles.

800/GETPINK (438-7465)


Eldorado Stone


This new veneer brick product line offers four Eldorado Brick profiles — RomaBrick, TundraBrick, ViaBrick and ModenaBrick in 14 different colors. Each profile is unique with bricks that are textured and atypical with rough and worn edges. The bricks vary in size and thickness, so no two bricks are the same. The line is handcrafted using precise molds and complements Eldorado's architectural stone profiles.



US Tile Company


ProShake Plus tiles are lightweight clay designed specifically for redoing residential roofs. Weighing less than six pounds per square foot, they can be installed without roof reinforcements. The clay tiles are fire-resistant and carry a Class A fire rating. They have the look of real cedar shake and are available in two styles: madera shake and weathered cedar.





Alsco aluminum trim products offers Perfect Trim, a complete line of pre-fabricated fascia, soffit, roof-edge, trim coil, roof molding and shutters in 44 of the industry's most popular designer colors. Thirty-eight of the colors are also available in a complete rainware system called Perfect Trim Plus. The Dymalar 2000 resin finish is formulated to resist weathering and staining.





EcoStar's Majestic slate roofing is made of recycled rubber and plastic polymers that are molded in the shape of a slate tile. Majestic slate is 12" wide, 18" long and ¼" thick and is available in nine colors and four designs with the look and feel of natural slate. The shingles can be installed using stainless steel roofing nails with pneumatic equipment.



Sto Corp.


The Powerwall stucco system combines fiber-reinforced cement stucco with elastomeric finishes to create a stucco-type cladding system. The product is so flexible it stretches and coats and finishes hairline cracks to keep out moisture. Tint and color are also flexible with more than a quarter million tint formulas to choose from. Powerwall comes pre-mixed and pre-measured.



James Hardie


Hardisoffit fiber cement soffit panels are pre-cut and eliminate the need for separate box or strip vents amd minimizes the need for cutting. The panels are available vented or non-vented — smoooth or Cedarmill finish — in a range of pre-cut sizes. All styles are pre-primed with PrimePlus sealer and primer, ready to paint. The panels come with a 25 year transferrable limited warranty.

866-4HARDIE (442-7343)

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