ProBuilder Product Report: Roofing & Siding

Think outside the box with these new roofing and siding products from Timberline, Follansbee and more.
April 30, 2008

Hi-Def Shingles

The Timberline Prestique High Definition shingles have a unique, patented shadow band that results in a dramatic, higher contrast appearance on the roof. You can order the GAF-Elk granule-backed shingles in a variety of popular colors, including the company's Signature Series. Thirty- and 40-year and lifetime limited warranties are offered.

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You're a Star, Kid

The EcoVent is a continuous tile-over ridge vent that sits under the hip and ridge tiles to efficiently remove hot, moist air from a building's attic. Made by EcoStar, it is manufactured in 20-foot long by 10½-inch wide rolls to offer more significant coverage.

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Light on Weight, Heavy on Technology

Made of what the company calls “microspheres,” the Microposite lap siding is made of a lightweight core material combined with proprietary resins that act as a binding agent. The result forms a closed-cell-type siding that is many times lighter than fiber cement with excellent insulating properties.

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Retro Is the Way to Go

Builders looking for the retro-inspired feel of slate on their roofs without paying for it should take a gander at Atlas Roofing's StormMaster Slate shingle line. Part of the Platinum Package in the Atlas Signature Select Roofing Program of complete roofing systems, the StormMaster shingles carry a lifetime limited warranty and have a full swath of designer colors available.

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An Instant Klassic

KlassicKolors is a pre-painted Terne II by Follansbee. The roof is coated with the company's ZT (zinc/tin) alloy and then painted with solar-reflective coatings. The ZT alloy extends the life of the metal and provides enhanced durability. Available in designer and custom colors, the coating's low sheen lends a traditional look.

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A Lifeline for Roofs

In addition to new tile profiles, MonierLifetile offers its Energy-Efficient Roofing (EER) System, which consists of a combination of the company's products that increase cross-ventilation as well as boost the overall performance and integrity of the roof. These products include the Vented Eave Riser, Elevated Battens and the company's hip and ridge products.

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Rough But Cool

Recreated from natural sources, Eldorado Stone's RoughCut mimics limestone with embedded artifacts and other natural-looking elements. The stones range in size from 1-½ to 11 inches high and from 2 to 18 inches long. Colors range from golden to earthen-browns.

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Nailed It

The latest siding panel from Nailite is the Cedar Pride EZ. The siding product features a bold grain pattern and deep textures. Made from molded polypropylene, the 9- to 9½-inch shingle exposures look like staggered split shake and are made in 17 colors and three premium shades.

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Feel the Heat

Dark-colored vinyl siding often leads to excessive heat build-up and reflectivity issues that have been a bugaboo for builders. Common dark-colored vinyl siding can experience warping, popping and color fading when heat buildup exceeds 160 degrees. Temprite's HDX220 exterior cladding can withstand temperatures in excess of 220 degrees in any climate.

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Caught in the Rain

Shakertown is now offering its Rain Screen technology on the Craftsman Cedar Shingle Panel line. Specially placed grooves on the back of the panels allow rain and condensation, as well as air, to flow both horizontally and vertically, which channels moisture away from the wall and down to the ground. The result is increased protection against moisture without adding thickness to the wall.

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Staying in Shape

Sporting innovative drain channels that divert water to the front face of the siding, Mid-America Siding Components' Mount Block for Fiber Cement Siding is designed to fit the thickness of all fiber cement panels with multiple locking positions.

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