How to Deal With Wood Movement

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 06:05 AM

“Because it is an organic natural material, all wood moves, and will continue to move throughout its life cycle. Here are some tips on how to work best with this.”

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Topics: proper wood acclimation, wood movement

Pre-Finishing Exterior Wood Siding and Decking Works Best

Posted by Dave Walters on Tue, May 17, 2016 @ 00:05 AM

"If you want your hardwood decking or siding project to look great for years, best show it a little love while you can."

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Topics: pre-finishing

Stunning Ipe Rain Screen Design in Massachusetts

Posted by Kathleen Crook on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

Imagine finding the right property for your dream home and having a house that is not your dream home already on it!   This is the situation that a Massachusetts couple had and, fortunately, the property was for sale. They purchased the property, tore down the old house and began the building process anew.

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Topics: rainscreen

Magnificent Ipe Wood Rain Screen Project in California's Wine Country

Posted by Kathleen Crook on Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 07:05 AM


Set in the beautiful hills of California wine country, this residential rain screen project was built by Brian Spiers Development and is a statement to the connection that can happen when a home is designed with creativity and sensitivity to the ground on which it is placed.  The home itself is situated to overlook the owner’s vineyards and takes in the expansive acreage surrounding it.  The lovely 'mahogany colored' tones of the Ipe wood rain screen blends so well with its surroundings it almost appears to have grown naturally from the earth.

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Topics: ipe rain screen, rainscreen

Mataverde Eurotec Installation Training a Huge Success

Posted by Chris Nolan on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 @ 06:04 AM

We recently had the pleasure of receiving advanced training for the Eurotec Deck System at our offices in New London, CT.  René Jensen, Chief Sales Officer for Eurotec led both the classroom and installation training sessions. I must confess, no matter how well you think you know a particular subject, nothing beats hands-on training, especially installation training.  General Woodcraft’s entire inside sales team, outside sales team and technical staff gained a higher level of understanding and appreciation of the simplicity and functionality of this leading edge deck system.

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Topics: eurotec deck system

Trespa Pura NFC Sidings are a Low Cost and Low Maintenance Cladding Solution

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

We are delighted to add Trespa Pura NFC® exterior siding to our rain screen cladding options.  After recently announcing this low maintenance siding product, we immediately received an overwhelmingly positive response from the architectural and design communities throughout the US.  Many design professionals have used other Trespa cladding materials in the past and have always been impressed with the quality of the material and the look and performance of the product.  

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Topics: trespa pura

FSC Rain Screen Installation in Hawaii

Posted by Kathleen Crook on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 @ 07:04 AM


HONOLULU, HAWAII In 2015, the Ala Moana Center was “refreshed” with a major extension. A portion of that extension included a very “sweet” Gelato Bar.  A truly welcome addition to a day in a climate that makes the  cold, tasty dessert a must after a successful shopping trip.

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Topics: rain screen