Engineered shake & shingle siding delivers the look of cedar without the upkeep

Everyone loves the natural beauty, warmth, and charm of real cedar siding on homes. But they don't love the constant upkeep and other hassles inherent to genuine cedar wood.

At the 2015 International Builders' Show, James Parks, national sales director for the Foundry line from The Tapco Group, reviews the new Foundry Prime 5-inch Shingle that offers the look of cedar with the zero-maintenance and durability of vinyl.

Parks said the weathered 5-inch profile shingle provides uncompromising aesthetics and the same enchanting cedar graining patterns found in real cedar wood. Not only does this shingle have cedar’s exact beautiful grain, it creates the same natural depth and shadows for a warm on-house appearance. Its sharp, crisp edges in-hand and wood grain appearance from the road as well as up-close, offer true authenticity without cedar’s maintenance. The 5-inch shingle even features a thickness on its edge that matches the shingle’s texture, an essential visual detail that enhances the overall beauty of a home.

While ensuring carefree maintenance, this profile provides unrivaled durability for flawless looks that can last a lifetime. Vinyl siding all of the finest qualities of natural cedar siding, without the real problems that come with real cedar. Homeowners will never have to worry about unsightly splitting or cracking. It is also impervious to insect infestation. Fading isn’t an issue either, thanks to UV color-fade protection that uses an innovative capstock. It also has a Class A Fire Rating, which is ideal for regions prone to brush and forest fires.

Foundry Prime’s 5-inch shingle siding never needs any staining to retain the alluring colors of real cedar wood, which requires repeated staining jobs over the years.

The shingle is available in six cedar colors: two hues are identical to gracefully weathered cedar, while the other four colors look exactly like real stained cedar. The different shades within splendid weathered shingle color also have natural-looking wood variances, just like those occurring in genuine cedar.

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Topics: Cost of Ownership, Exteriors, Foundations, Lumber and Structured Panels, Maintenance & Repair, Siding

Companies: The Tapco Group


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