Home Exteriors: Choosing the Perfect Look and Materials for Your New Home or Home Remodel

Using specially designed products for new home construction or a home remodel can help homeowners improve the appearance of their home and reduce overall maintenance needs and cost.

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Factors to Consider in Choosing Windows for Your Home

The windows in a home play crucial dual roles: architectural style and performance. There are numerous factors to consider when selecting a window for your new or remodeled home. This white paper provides an overview of the window options that homeowners should consider when choosing windows for their home.

Type: White Paper

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Vinyl Siding Myths Busted

Vinyl siding is a great choice for both new homes and remodeling existing homes. As other types of exterior cladding come on the market, it’s easy to be swayed by the latest and greatest product announcement. This white paper explores some of the myths around vinyl siding that could stop you from making the best choice for your home.

Type: White Paper

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PVC trim handles tough exterior duty with no upkeep

Today, people want the beauty of wood without the high cost of maintenance that goes with it. That’s why they’re turning to cellular PVC products.

Composite shakes deliver the look of real cedar without the maintenance

Cedar shake has long been a favored exterior finish, but it has a reputation for being high maintenance.

Natural mineral surfaces stand up to harsh environments

Exterior cladding made of natural materials that offers long life and durability, including resistance to scratching, offers a variety of use options.

Tough drywall handles loads and abuse

New drywall breaks all the rules for hanging things on the wall and standing up to abuse.

New exterior claddings mimic natural products with zero maintenance

Builders and homeowners love the look of traditional natural finishes, but the maintenance headaches can be a real downer.

The latest thermal envelope strategies deliver high performance

As building codes incorporate continuous insulation, homebuilders are looking for techniques that won't disrupt traditional building practices.

A peek at the future of HVAC, refrigeration (video)

Consumer care of indoor air quality and indoor health will drive the development of HVAC and refrigeration products that are more efficient and sustainable.

New lath solves water management problems in wall systems

Managing moisture on exterior walls is always a challenge, but there's a new solution for stone, stucco and brick veneers.

Textured doorglass allows natural light while protecting privacy and energy use

Homeowners like natural light, but don't want to give up privacy or energy efficiency.

Wood-like siding uses recycled materials for low-maintenance living

A new line of exterior siding uses recycled materials to take the place of wood siding with low-maintenance style.

IBS: Sheathing tackles seismic and building envelope codes

Quake Zone sheathing from Norbord is designed to help builders meet seismic building codes with faster construction time and less waste.

IBS video: Home exteriors designed for curb appeal and performance

Whether a homeowner is updating the home exterior for their own enjoyment or for resale, "Killer Curb Appeal" 
has benefits for both.

Siding innovations improve look, performance of your home

As technology changes, better products become available. Home siding has had many innovations that give homeowners renewed options for the improvement of their homes.

IBS Preview: building products for high performance homes

At the 2016 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, building product manufacturers will display the latest and best products that are an integral part of today's high performance home.

Protect your home with impact resistant glass

When factoring environmental risks into home purchasing and home building, protecting the building envelope is a top priority. Keeping what’s inside safe is integral.

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