Archives: Siding & Trim

Drainage Plane for Cedar Shingle Siding

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim, Structure

Extend Siding Life with Drainage Planes Cedar siding is beautiful and sure does make a statement architecturally but it comes with a serious price tag. So using methods and products that extend the life of such a big investment is important to me as a builder and you as a customer. The market offers many…

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Vinyl Siding Leaks – Period!

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim

Understanding The Limits of Vinyl Siding Today as I was driving home for lunch I passed a new home under construction and witnessed something that really bothered me. A contractor was installing vinyl siding on a new home that was sheathed with OSB. However, there was one very crucial detail missing that really bothered me.…

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Asbestos Siding – Remove It or Leave It Alone?

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim

Should You Remove Asbestos Cement Siding? Here in New England there are thousands of homes with Asbestos Cement Siding. Not only can it be really ugly but many home owners fear the obvious health risks and financial liability that may be associated with it. Many homeowners often ask whether or not they should have it…

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Foam Board Insulation Under Vinyl Siding

By Todd Fratzel on Insulation, Siding & Trim

Installing Foam Board Insulation Under Vinyl Siding Today more than ever before homes are being built with foam board insulation installed on the outside of the sheathing and under the siding. This detail is used with both new construction and also with renovation work. Below are some of the design details along with the benefits…

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LP® SmartSide® Siding – Tougher Than The Competition

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim

LP® SmartSide® Siding Every time we build a new home for a customer there is a lengthy discussion about what type of siding to install. In a perfect world where money didn’t matter and we all had a full time maintenance crew to take care of our homes the discussion would likely end quickly with…

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Cement Board – Alternative Siding and Trim

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim

Cement Board Siding & Trim Cement Board siding and trim is becoming a real viable option for many home owners looking for an upgrade from vinyl siding while trying to avoid the maintenance issues of wood siding and trim. We’ve been installing James Hardie fiber cement siding for years now and it’s a great option…

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Install A Flag Pole Bracket On Vinyl Siding

By Todd Fratzel on Curb Appeal, Siding & Trim

How To Attach A Flag Pole To Vinyl Siding Attaching a flag pole bracket to vinyl siding is an easy home improvement project that will allow you to show your patriotism on your home. However, if you don’t do it correctly it’s likely you’ll damage your siding. This project can be done in just a…

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Reclaimed Wood by Centennial Woods

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim

Using Reclaimed Wood I recently discovered a really cool company that’s created a very unique reclaimed wood company. I asked them to write a short article telling all of us more about the company and the products they offer. I think you’ll find it quite interesting. Centennial Woods LLC (www.centennialwoods.com) realized 12 years ago that…

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