How Does Garapa Hardwood Decking and Siding Weather?

    Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 05:03 AM

    Garapa starts out as a lighter colored high performance hardwood decking and siding option. Because of its light blonde tones, many of our clients want to know, "How does Garapa hardwood decking and siding weather and mature outdoors? Interestingly, Garapa can age to a silvery gray weathered wood appearance, very similar to other high-density hardwoods. But it doesn’t have to – you have other options. Whether you prefer the ‘weathered wood’ look or the ‘like new’ wood look, feel free to choose the option that works best for you.

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    Topics: garapa hardwood

    How I Overcame My Fear of Horizontal Wood Rain Screen Corners

    Posted by Dave Walters on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 @ 05:03 AM

    Many designers love the clean lines and look of a mitered corner on wood siding. Once upon a time, (last year), I was terrified when architects told me that they wanted to use horizontal mitered outside corners and asked me the best way to do it. Why the fear? Because we love to delight our clients and a mitered horizontal wood outside corner on exterior siding can behave unpredictably. Not anymore. 

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    Topics: Climate-Shield outside corner, Climate-Shield Rain Screen System

    Why Does Everyone Love Trespa Pura Siding?

    Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 @ 05:03 AM

    When we were first evaluating Trespa Pura siding, we were a little skeptical.  We didn’t want to make any bad decisions, so we did our due diligence. We learned a lot.  We wanted to make sure that Trespa Pura performs well. It does. We have been pleasantly surprised. Because we deal daily with commercial builders, architects, designers, specialty dealers, residential builders, remodelers, installers, developers, homeowners and more, we hear a lot of great responses about Trespa Pura sidings.

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    Topics: Trespa Pura sidings

    How Does Ipe Hardwood Decking and Siding Weather?

    Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 05:02 AM

    Are you considering using high density Ipe hardwood for your decking or siding project?  Lots of people ask us what Ipe decking or Ipe siding will look like after a few years. When they first consider using Ipe hardwood for their project, about half of our clients want to let the hardwood age to a ‘weathered wood’, silvery gray appearance. The other half want to maintain the ‘like new’ wood appearance. Because Ipe is an extremely durable and long lasting exterior hardwood, either option will work well. 

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    Topics: ipe decking, ipe siding

    How Climate Shield Rain Screen Helps Builders Address Labor Shortages

    Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 06:02 AM

    With construction starts continuing to ramp up, and a low availability of skilled labor, many contractors consider labor shortages as one of, if not their biggest, business challenges. For many construction companies, labor concerns can severely limit their ability to deliver a quality project, on time and on budget. Because of its design, the Climate-Shield rain screen system can help builders overcome this major business obstacle for the wood siding portion of their project.

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    Topics: rain screen installation