USA: House Siding Manufacturers
ABOUT HOUSE SIDING
House siding is the external wall surface applied to timber framed houses. House siding may also be applied, for rain protection and decorative purposes, to houses whose walls are built from solid materials such as concrete blocks. The traditional form of house siding is wood, of which the most commonly used type is Cedar. Alternative materials for house siding include fiber cement, plastic, aluminum, steel, and concrete.
Wood siding is available in a wide range of profiles, of which the simplest is the traditional overlapping horizontal clapboard. Other profiles include 'board and batten', in which wide boards are fixed vertically, with narrower boards applied over these to cover the joints. Wood siding is available pre-primed, pre-painted, and pre-stained. The advantage of applying these finishes in the factory is that the amount of on-site work is greatly reduced, and the boards are coated on all six sides under controlled conditions. Aluminum, steel, fiber cement, and plastic siding have some practical advantages compared to wood siding in terms of maintenance, but they do not provide the authentic look and feel of wood siding.
LEADING HOUSE SIDING MANUFACTURERS
Boston Cedar: cedar house siding. Boston Cedar, which is headquartered in Holbrook, Massachusetts, has been supplying cedar house siding and other lumber products since 1985. Its Bevel in a Box cedar house siding product is engineered from clear vertical grain Western Red Cedar. It features precision fitted finger jointings, which are more weather resistant and stronger than the surrounding wood. The Boston Cedar Bevel in a Box cedar house siding is factory primed on all six sides. Boston Cedar also supplies traditional clapboard cedar house siding. Sizes are 1/2 inch by 6 inch, in 16 foot lengths.
Gentek: aluminum house siding. Gentek is based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. It is a leading manufacturer of exterior building products, including a wide range of aluminum house siding and vinyl house siding. Its aluminum house siding is available in smooth and wood grain look finishes. Thicknesses vary from 0.40 inches to 0.53 inches. It provides a 40 year limited warranty. Gentek aluminum house siding is available in the following profiles: Cove, Clapboard, Vertical Board & Batten, and Vertical V, all simulating equivalent wood siding profiles.
CertainTeed: fiber cement house siding. Certainteed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is a leading manufafturer of fiber cement house siding. Its fiber cement siding takes the form of panels which give the appearance of horizontal or vertical wood siding, or shingles. CertainTeed fiber cement house siding is supplied in basic form, ready to paint, pre-finished, or with stain finish. Pre-finished products are made in 16 colors from white through mid sand colors, to dark brown. Six stain colors are available for cement siding. Cetainteed also manufactures a range of roofing, fencing, and trim.
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