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Siding & Trim

  • Strong-Drive SDW Screws - For Fastening Multiple Trusses

    Made specifically for fastening multiple trusses and engineered-wood assemblies, Strong-Drive SDW screws can be used to join up to four plies of 2-by or 1 3/4-inch-thick materials from one side of the assembly.

     
  • Tech-Plank Siding - Twice As Strong As Fiber Cement

    Tech-Plank siding is twice as strong and noticeably lighter than fiber cement, Tech-Wood claims.

     
  • Architectural Shingles In Non-Traditional Colors

    Owens Corning’s Designer Colors Collection consists of Duration and Duration Premium architectural shingles in nontraditional color blends, including distinctive shades of red and blue.

     
  • Transcend Boards - No Plastic Bottom Allows Moisture To Escape

    Co-extruded decking is made with a plastic shell, but Trex leaves the plastic off the bottom of Transcend boards so that moisture can escape and the surface can accept adhesives.

     
  • Toxin-Free Modified Wood Resists Insects and Microorganisms

    Titan Wood Limited’s Accoya pine lumber has been treated with a concentrated form of vinegar in a process called acetylation, which makes it inedible to insects and rot-causing microorganisms without adding toxins.

     
  • Cold-Bend Hardwood Boards - No Steaming Required

    You can bend Cold-Bend hardwood boards without steaming, says the maker, because they were already steamed during manufacturing, then compressed in length, a process that “accordions” the long grain fibers and makes them flexible.

     
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    Malco FCC4 Guillotine Shear

    Cut fiber-cement siding without a cloud of hazardous dust with the FCC4 Guillotine Shear by Malco.

     
  • Back-Priming Fiber-Cement Siding

    Q: We ordered preprimed HardiePlank lap siding to finish a project, but when it was delivered, we discovered that the backs were left unprimed. Normally, we back-prime wood clapboards, but I'm not sure this step is needed with fiber-cement siding, and the manufacturer's Web site is mute on the...

     
  • Letters

    Remodeling opportunities abound; weatherization wages too low; in defense of vinyl siding; more

     
  • Retrofitting Exterior Insulation

    Adding rigid foam to the outside of the shell dramatically increases R-value while reducing thermal conduction.

     
 
 
 
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