Suburbia: It has been a panacea and an expletive. Touted for affordability and maligned for automobile dependence, suburbia is a fact of life in the U.S.
Siding is not just a cosmetic part of a home; it is heavily related to insulation, energy efficiency, and keeping moisture from damaging the home's structure. New advances in both siding and insulation in recent years have greatly increased the potential for energy conservation in homes.
There are a number of reasons builders might make the decision to switch building products, materials, or systems. A different product may offer first-cost or labor savings over your current product. Or perhaps it will make your homes more energy efficient or green, and thus more marketable to potential buyers. Regardless of the reason, switching products does pose risks and challenges for builders.
The editors of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines are in search of the latest “breakthrough” products for the residential construction industry for our annual 101 Best New Products report.
New decking from MoistureShield and Genova Products kick off our exterior products review. There's more decking, siding, manufactured stone and roofing below
StoneCraft's new DutchCraft veneers
Available in a double 4½-inch dutchlap panel; double 4- and 5-inch traditional panels; and a Triple 3-inch traditional panel
Great for new or existing structures
Exterior products for home building and remodeling from Azek, CertainTeed, TimberTech, StoneCraft and Tru-Brix among others are featured.
A look at new roofing and siding products from CertainTeed, GAF-elk, KlipTech and Bellaforte
Read about exterior products from Crane and Azek. Check them out at IBS.