Remodeling Exterior Siding

Why choose Pre-finished Fiber Cement Siding to replace Old Siding

Ready to remodel instead of replacing your home? Is your current exterior siding showing signs of age? Have you thought about remodeling? What would you choose to remodel with? Ever thought of fiber cement siding? Pre-finished Fiber Cement Exterior Siding comes in a variety of material options. For example, you could choose:

  • Fiber Cement (James Hardie, Allura or Nichiha)
  • Composite (LP Smartside, Boral)
  • Wood (Eastern White Pine, Southern Yellow Pine, Cedar or Cypress)
  • Or a COMBINATION of these

Why remodel your exterior siding?  If your current siding is showing signs of wear, or dated, the current siding may be allowing air  to flow between the siding which often occurs with  vinyl siding installations. These conditions could easily be taxing on your heating and air-conditioning systems.

Let’s look at Fiber Cement Siding options.

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Why choose Wood Alternatives for your home or commercial Exterior Siding or Shake?

Carpenter bees!

Carpenter bees can be a real menace to one’s exterior siding – especially wood siding.

A statement from the North Carolina State Extension University regarding damage and solutions for Carpenter Bees:

“Preventing carpenter bee damage is difficult (or nearly impossible) for several reasons. Protective insecticide sprays applied to wood surfaces are effective for only a short period even when repeated every few weeks.

Although it is a time-consuming and seemingly endless task, treating the entrance holes with an insecticidal spray or dust can reduce future nesting activity. Products containing carbaryl (Sevin), cyfluthrin or resmethrin among other chemicals are suitable.  Treated tunnels should be sealed with a small ball of aluminum foil and caulked after 24-36 hours. Simply plugging untreated tunnels with wire mesh or similar material might trap bees inside, but more resourceful bees will simply chew another exit hole.

Another option is to go the route of replacing wood siding with composite materials (such as masony, cement board siding, or vinyl siding) as well as replacing porch rails and balusters.” – July 1, 2018 (more…)

Fiber Cement Siding – the Artistry of Installation

There’s an ARTISTRY to installing Exterior SIDING!

#1)       Do your homework. There’s an Artistry to install Exterior Fiber Cement Siding!

#2)       Research companies who produce Fiber Cement. – Pinterest is a great source for images as is Houzz. Google searches for photographs and companies who provide pre-finished Fiber Cement Siding should be easy to find. Research the company’s website. Check their photo gallery. (more…)

Pre-finished Interior Wood Products

Carolina Colortones offers custom prefinished Ceilings, Interior Paneling and Trim in a wide variety of Wood species. Our Interior Wood Products  are prefinished with the unique ColortonesComplete® process.

Cypress Pre-finished Ceiling
Shiplap Interior Natural Finish

Pre-finished Ceiling Beams

Shiplap Interior Paneling

Using the ColortonesComplete® process produces a high-quality applied coating with optimal thickness and coverage. Once coating is applied, each piece of wood is stored in a covered area with a concrete floor so that all prefinshed wood is never exposed to sun or rain. Once dried, the individual pieces are packaged in rainproof wrap and ready to deliver, or if you are local and desire to pick up your material, this is an option as well.

 

Wood Species Options:

–  Western Red Cedar

–  Eastern White Pine

–  Yellow Pine

–  Cypress

–  Spruce

–  Cherry

–  Teak

–  Oak

 

Customers or Builders looking for this type of even coat, ready to install pre-finished Ceiling or Paneling have a wide variety of Interior Oil based stains to choose from.  We often recommend Sherwin-Williams Wood Classics Interior Stains or Minwax Interior Oil based stains. This is an excellent place to begin narrowing down the color that best appeals to your color choice.  (more…)

Exterior Composite Siding – Pre-finished

Boral TruExterior and LP SmartSide Exterior Siding

Boral Shiplap Profile

Carolina Colortones offers premium products and choices of Exterior Composite Siding.

Boral TruExterior offers Lap Siding with a variety of profiles, some of which include: shiplap, nickel gap, and dutch cove.  Boral is an Exterior Composite Siding comprised of a proprietary blend of products that include polymeric blend, fly ash, and glass fibers.

Homeowners and Builders who are designing their home or a home/business for a customer choose Boral for its look of real wood.

Boral TruExterior warranty states it will not decay due to rot, excessive swelling from moisture and will resist termite damage. The material warranty for is twenty (20) years.

Carolina Colortones includes a 15-year warranty for its proprietary stains/coatings. (more…)

Contemporary Exteriors

Pre-finished aka Faux Wood Siding

Have you ever driven by a house and thought – Wow?! How did they create this contemporary look?  What’s that exterior made of? Chances are this home was designed with Fiber Cement Panels or a very creative Composite Exterior Siding such as Boral or it could be wood – Cedar!

Fiber Cement board was developed in the 80’s by James Hardie as a replacement for asbestos cement board. Fiber Cement board is a mixture of sand, cement and cellulose and can be manufactured as lap siding, trim and panels with a variety of textures from smooth finishes to stucco. Today there are other manufacturers such as Allura and Nichiha.

With the development of the various types of Siding profiles and sizes, the Designers and Architects have created some very contemporary exteriors.

For those whose design call for fiber cement panels, metal strips are installed to seal the seams for a more contemporary look

This Designer chose pre-finished Fiber Cement Panels in a Cedar finish. Notice the metal trim used to seal the panels for a very clean, contemporary look!   (more…)

Pre-finished Cedar Siding

Western Red Cedar Shingles with Cabot Semi-Trans ‘Sagebrush’ finish.

Pre-finished Cedar Siding is in popular demand these days for its durability, its look, variety of profiles and applications!

Cedar Siding profiles include:

  • Bevel Pre-finished Cedar Siding is primarily used for exterior cladding for its weather protection and architectural style.

 

  • Board and Batten Pre-finished Cedar Siding  is also used for an exterior siding due to the rough, not smooth finish. The board and battens can be used to depict a cottage style depending upon the desired look you are seeking to achieve.

 

  • Tongue and Groove Pre-finished Cedar Siding  is used for its versatility. It can be installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally for a distinctively different look. Board and Batten or Bevel Siding, Tongue and Groove Pre-finished Cedar Siding comes in both a rough or smooth face.

 

  • Paneling/Channel Cedar Siding  also offers both the rough or smooth face along with the option of knots, small or large for a more rustic look. Clear with no knots. Gives a shadow line appearance and allows for dimensional movement as well as excellent weather protection.

 

 

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Prefinished Fiber Cement Siding by James Hardie – Allura – Nichiha

Carolina Colortones is a top provider of Prefinished Fiber Cement Siding from leading manufacturers. Some of the notable brands we carry are:

– James Hardie

– Allura

– Nichiha

Customers searching for pre-finished fiber cement often ask, “what are the advantages of fiber cement siding?” Lasting durability and fire, wind and insect resistance are some of the best features of pre-finished fiber cement siding, making it significantly less maintenance than wood siding. Less maintenance is the number one reason consumers select fiber cement siding. (more…)

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