Shea Homes Colorado Shares Product Insights

By Chip Pennington, Community Development Manager, Shea Homes Colorado, Highlands Ranch, Colo. | April 30, 2006

Trex Accents Decking

Trex Accents decking combines all the rich textures and colors of nature in a deck material that stands the test of time. Planks feature a natural wood-grain pattern on one side and a smooth, contemporary look on the other. The reversible planks provide unprecedented freedom to create unique and dramatic outdoor spaces for your buyers.

In My Own Words

"Trex decking is easy to use and easy to install. Everything is straight and readily available. Most important of all, we can provide a variety of textures and colors to fit a customer's lifestyle. We switched to Trex from Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood, which initially was very beautiful but aged very poorly. Trex is beautiful from day one."

Boise Engineered Lumber

Structural beams, joists and rim boards from Boise Engineered Wood Products work as a complete system to deliver a strong, reliable and cost-effective residential framing solution. Boise's new BCI Joists now feature the widest flange in the industry, giving the framer a bigger target area to hit with the nail gun, making these joists even easier and faster to install.

In My Own Words

"I've had a chance to tour this manufacturer's facilities. Boise uses responsible and sustainable forestry practices, and they are very environmentally friendly. That's important to the Shea family. I like the local support they provide through their Boise distribution center. They have the best people in the business there to assist you when you need help."

DensShield Tile Backer

DensShield from Georgia-Pacific is a tile-backer board with glass-mat facings and a unique acrylic coating that blocks moisture from entering the wall cavity. Whether you are looking for moisture protection, strength or ease of installation, DensShield dramatically outperforms heavy, hard-to-install cement board and fiber cement board products.

In My Own Words

"We try to look at the life of our homes well past the warranty period. DensShield provides a superior barrier to moisture penetration in areas such as showers and bathrooms. It is as easy to apply as our previous drywall product, and we have encountered very few problems transitioning to this product, mainly because of the way it is manufactured. It works really well."

Carrier High-Efficiency Furnaces

The Infinity gas furnace from Carrier is so advanced, it automatically adjusts to the system's needs for peak efficiency and performance while allowing homeowners to control temperature, humidity, air quality, fan speed and ventilation. It even detects when the air filter needs replacing. If a safety device activates for any reason, the Infinity will stop and alert the homeowner to any potential problems through a status code displayed on its control board. Shown here is the Infinity 96, with maximum energy efficiency up to 96.6 percent annual fuel utilization efficiency.

In My Own Words

"Trying to be responsible and energy-efficient, we've partnered with Carrier's 90-percent efficiency furnaces. Carrier provides a consistent, excellent, low-cost alternative for a superior product. The support staff is willing, ready and able to help out when needed. When we looked to partner with a supplier of energy efficient furnaces, Carrier was clearly our best choice."

James Hardie Siding

James Hardie fiber-cement siding is noncombustible and resists rotting or cracking, as well as damage from rain, hail and flying debris. Available pre-finished with a 15-year paint warranty, the product also comes with a limited, transferable warranty for up to 50 years.

In My Own Words

"Our vision is to build communities rather than neighborhoods. Hardie helps us meet that vision. I like James Hardie products because of their durability and appearance, as well as the support we get from the company. They have grown into the biggest and best in the industry because they provide a good product with good support. We use a lot of the Hardiplank siding. Being able to deliver a product that we know will look as good 20 years down the line as the day we delivered it makes me feel very good."

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