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CertainTeed® WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement Siding Provides Low-Maintenance, Fire-Resistant Curb Appeal Boost for Northern California Homeowner

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed® WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement Siding is providing a boost in curb appeal and a long-lasting, low-maintenance siding solution to homeowner Don Tackett. After buying a 1980s-era custom home in Folsom, Calif., last year, Tackett realized the home’s original cedar lap siding needed work — it was discolored and beginning to rot, allowing water penetration in some areas. Although Tackett preferred the look of cedar siding, refurbishing and repainting the wood every few years on the three-story, uniquely framed home was not feasible.

“It was going to be too expensive and too much of a hassle to repair and repaint the original siding, so we decided to look for a good, low-maintenance siding material that could give us an authentic cedar siding look,” Tackett says. “We found exactly what we were looking for with WeatherBoards Fiber Cement Siding.”

Tackett was also impressed that the product is noncombustible and holds a Class A (1) fire rating, as their house is surrounded by trees in a region that is prone to forest fires. He hired contractor 3 Generations Improvements, of Folsom, to install 50 squares of WeatherBoards Cedar Lap Siding with ColorMax® Finish in Mahogany stain on the home. Working with a crew of four, the contractor removed the old cedar siding, resheathed the house with plywood, applied housewrap and installed the new fiber cement siding. The crew finished the project in two weeks, receiving excellent feedback from the homeowners and their neighbors.

“The new siding definitely fit well into the wooded surroundings of the home,” says Jeremy Owens, vice president of 3 Generations Improvements. “The wood grain of WeatherBoards is the best I’ve seen in the industry.”
“We get all kinds of compliments from our friends and neighbors on the new siding,” Tackett adds. “I’ve never seen another siding product emulate wood so well.”

CertainTeed WeatherBoards Fiber Cement Siding offers realistic grains and textures, providing the look and feel of wood, as well as profiles to match virtually any design style. Unlike wood, WeatherBoards siding is non-combustible, impact-resistant, impervious to wood boring insects, resistant to UV rays and it will not rot. Backed by a 50-year limited transferable warranty, WeatherBoards can contribute to LEED® certification and NAHB Green Building Standards for recycled content and regional availability.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2010. www.certainteed.com