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.
At the 2016 International Builders' Show, Brian Kirn, senior marking manager for CertainTeed Siding Products Group, reviewed some new exterior cladding products that portray traditional finishes with a modern twist.
Kirn talked about the STONEfaçade that is molded from hand-picked stones, with the the look and feel of natural stone in a panelized system. A patented, integrated 3/8–inch rainscreen provides excellent moisture management, with a fastening flange for ease and speed of installation that eliminates the need for mortar, reducing the risk of moisture intrusion.
The Cedar Impressions Individual 5-inch Sawmill Shingles enable the selection of unique, random color patterns for one-of-a-kind exterior designs, Kirn said. Proprietary CedarLife Color Blends feature a progression of shades that capture the appearance of natural Eastern White Cedar and Western Red Cedar at different stages of life. A TrueTexture sawmill finish features patterns that replicate the effect of saw blades, molded from actual cedar shingles. Individual 5-inch Sawmill Shingles are currently available in select markets.
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