The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 369
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 369

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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?8 TH PALM BEACH POST, RESIDENCES ADVERTISING SECTION SUNDAY, PECEMBER 7 1997s J Change face of home with appealing siding siding by Georgia-Pacific Corp.), but there are several different models. Plywood siding is applied vertically, and the horizontal seams where the panels meet are often covered with a piece of 1 by 4 trim. A piece of aluminum flashing is bent to step behind the upper piece and over the lower piece where the panels meet. The panels can also be installed so the top piece overlaps the piece below it, in which case the flashing is omitted. Plywood siding, and its trim, is most durable if you protect it with a heavy-bodied stain or a paint. Wood siding is often the choice of traditionalists, and when properly cared for it is extremely durable. There are several types of wood used to make siding: redwood, cedar, southern yellow pine and white pine. And while western timber harvests have been curtailed in recent years driving up the cost of white pine and redwood, these sidings are still available, as is cedar, which mostly comes from Canada. Wood siding has rich colors, textures and shadow lines. Cedar and redwood also have notable natural decay resistance. These woods are available as horizontally applied bevel siding and in other patterns, such as with a cove-shaped edge. You can also apply square-edged lumber vertically with narrow wood battens to seal the joints between each piece. This is known as board-and-batten siding. dented, however, by careless placement of ladders or bouncing hailstones. And, aluminum siding can buckle during heat waves if it's not properly installed. Steel siding looks like aluminum siding, but it is more dent-and warp-resistant., It tends to be installed in the Midwest where violent hailstorms are common. A drawback is that it will rust if it is scratched on bare steel. Plastic siding is molded with color throughout its thickness. This means that scratches are not obvious, and this siding is dent resistant. Plastic sidings come in two types: vinyl and polypropylene. Vinyl is the more widely used siding, and it can be smooth or textured to look like rough-sawn wood bevel siding. Polypropylene is only available molded to resemble cedar shingles, brick or stone. Plastic siding has a reputation for good durability and color retention, and the modern versions of it have only improved characteristics. Plywood siding is the least complicated siding to install. It comes in 4-by-8-foot, 4-by-9-foot and 4-by-10-foot sheets and in several grades. The better grades have fewer'patches, which replace knots, in the face veneer. The siding is grooved to look like vertically installed wood siding, and it is often used on houses with contemporary or modern architecture. Contractors often refer to all plywood siding as T-lll (a specific type of plywood AP Special Features Siding is a big part of any house, usually occupying more square footage than anything else including roofing, windows and doors. In many ways, it's the face your house presents to your neighborhood and community. If you're in the market for new siding, here's a look at most of what's available. Once, there was only Portland ce-"rnent stucco. But in the past 20 years, a synthetic stucco has come into wide use. Its formula replaces the portland cement with acrylic resins. It's known as Exterior Insulated Finish Systems. Acrylic resins help form a weatherproof surface. The material is troweled over insulated sheathing with mesh fastened to it. EIFS combines durability with good thermal insulation. Its color is blended right into the finish coat, so you don't have to paint them. Traditional stucco consists of three coats of a mix containing Portland cement and sand also called portland cement plaster. This is applied over wire mesh on sheathing, or the stucco is troweled over concrete block. Properly installed stucco is incredibly durable, but details, such as coat thickness, have a major effect on its durability (the same is true of EIFS). While a small number of hairline cracks are considered inevitable, even on properly installed stucco, major cracking, flaking and dclamina- tion are not typical. With either type of stucco, ask your contractor for references on jobs that were completed more than a year ago, to determine if the jobs have stood up well. Brick is the most durable and the most expensive siding. It's considered to be maintenance-free, but sometimes it needs to have efflorescence (minerals that leach from the mortar and brick) cleaned from its surface. Thin brick siding is made from full-width brick (not plastic or other materials) that is sliced into thin pieces. This system is useful for brick siding in remodeling jobs where installing regular brick presents structural problems. Thin brick is attached with adhesive or grout. You have the right to demand good workmanship with any siding, but even more so with brick since it is unforgiving of sloppy installation. Ask your contractor for references where the brick was installed several years ago to determine how the installation has stood up. Metal siding is made from steel or aluminum sheet formed to look like wood siding. It receives a factory-applied coating, and the surface may be smooth or textured. Aluminum siding is durable and if you don't like exterior painting, it will eliminate the need to paint for many years. Its color will fade as it ages, but modern siding has a more durable finish than that installed years ago. It can be 743-4000 w m m Bv the Sea Realtv. Inc. 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