The siding on your home faces a lot: wind, rain, snow and sometimes hail. Siding needs to be tough, durable and most of all, look good! With a variety of different siding materials out there, it may be hard to decide which is best for your home.
Your home’s roof is a big investment. Not only does it serve as one of your home’s biggest protectors, but you’ll likely have to look at it for the next 20-30 years. Your home’s roof needs to last a long time, add curb appeal to your property and most importantly, keep you and your family warm and dry.
Our team often get questions like, “We like the look of metal on our home, but our HOA won’t approve it - what other ways can we use metal on the exterior of our home?” or “We already have a metal roof; how can we tie that into the rest of our building?”.
What are the Differences Between Corrugated and Standing Seam Roofing Panels?
While both roofing panels have their advantages, when choosing between corrugated roofing or a standing seam metal roof a few key performance features need to be considered.
Washington state provides its residents with a wide range of climates to enjoy. From oceanfront cottages to mountain chalets and everything in between. Choosing the right roof for these climates varies greatly depending on your location. While most engineered metal roofing systems will hold up to the challenges every region will face, certain options provide better protection and savings than others.
5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Residential Siding:
- Type of Construction— re-model or new build
- Installer— seasoned or first-time installer
- Location— surrounding environment
- Theme— modern, rustic, contemporary, and industrial
- Personal Value—budget, durability, maintenance
A well-designed modern home looks clean and almost minimalist in its finished form. This clean simplicity can sometimes hide the hours of intensive thought that went into each line, curve, and surface. Designers have to balance aesthetics, performance, longevity, and often most importantly, the surrounding landscape. New technologies have improved metal siding panel systems, allowing designers more flexibility in their designs, knowing that the performance and longevity of the product is up to their standards.
Charred Wood is the process of lightly applying an open flame to a wood plank to char the surface of the board. The charred exterior helps to weatherproof the siding and act as a deterrent to insects.
Shou Sugi Ban is a commonly used variation of the Japanese word Yakisugi. In Japanese, Yaki means to heat with fire, and Sugi means Japanese Cedar. Ban translates to a plank, in this case a wood plank.
Shou Sugi Ban was first seen used in 18th century Japan as a technique for charring the outer layer of a wooden plank (usually cedar) to help protect the facade against weather and insects. In recent years, the visual appeal of this technique has been adopted by architects and designers around the world. Commonly referred to as Charred Wood or Burnt Wood, this technique can be applied to a range of wood siding panels.
Are there any hail resistant roofing materials out there? At this point in time, there is no solution that provides a completely hail resistant roofing solution. Hail stones can travel at speeds up to 110 mph and grow to softball-sized stones. Aside from a concrete slab, no traditional roofing materials can come away from these types of hail stones without being dented or damaged. While there are suitable measures that can be taken to prevent damages from most hailstorms, the largest hail stones will cause damage to even the most durable of roofing systems.
The Old West is known for its rustic charm and rugged landscapes. That is why homeowners and designers love to use the Wild West as design inspiration for residential and commercial spaces, even on the East Coast.
One company that is witnessing this first hand is Great Country Timber Frames out of Connecticut. "There’s a strong nostalgia for the West in the East Coast, where Cape- and Colonial-style homes and businesses are the norm. From cowboys to wide open blue skies, New Englanders are fond of the West. The appeal of rustic design on the east coast is certainly in the wanting to be different."
For a business, your involvement in the community should extend beyond your storefront. Taking the time to help grow the community, create events and fund programs for the younger generations, and commit to more than being just a business should be a focus for every business.