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Siding & Trim

  • 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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    Roofing With Cedar Shingles

    For a long-lasting roof, stick with the best shingle grades and use a ventilating underlayment.

     
  • Dow Structural Insulated Sheathing: A Solution for Coastal Walls?

     
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    Another Look at Vinyl Siding

    Manufacturers have successfully tackled some of the issues plaguing this low-cost cladding.

     
  • Squirrels and Cedar Siding

    We installed untreated cedar shingles on the exterior walls of a vacation home in central Maryland. Now the owners are complaining that squirrels are eating the new siding. And the squirrels really are eating it - they're not just trying to get inside the house. Is there anything we can apply to...

     
 
 
 
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