There are many downsides to composite decking, not the least of which is its lack of sustainability. While genuine hardwood and softwood lumber still make up the majority of our inventory (here’s why), we’ve also begun carrying a line of high-quality composite siding and trim from NuCedar.
Generally, we’ve found composite siding and trim to be far inferior to real wood siding and Cedar shingles in durability, appearance, and workability. Of course, these products are typically no friend to the environment, either. Most products we reviewed were made with less-than-responsible manufacturing methods, took the same amount of maintenance as wood, and were only partially recyclable. Made completely from PVC, NuCedar is different from what we’d seen before.
Instead of stamping the material or pouring it into a mold, NuCedar saws and mills the PVC as if it were lumber. They use it to manufacture vertical siding, clapboard siding, shingles, trim, and moulding that’s difficult to distinguish visually from wood. The milled PVC is prefinished in a variety of colors similar to how automobiles are finished, so maintenance needs are remarkably low. With a 25-year transferable warranty, they clearly stand behind their product!
For homeowners with waterfront vacation homes, this product is especially good news. The elements can really take their toll on these homes, causing decreased appeal for potential renters and high percentages of homeowners’ visits used for maintenance. With NuCedar, you don’t have to repaint in order to keep your beachfront home looking shipshape.
As a contractor, installation is no sweat, especially since there’s no need to factor in the time or money to hire someone else to stain or paint the product prior to installation. The design values actually qualify the product for LEED points. Particularly when time is at a premium, using NuCedar can be a stress-relieving choice.
If you go the more traditional route, there’s so much involved in giving a quote for an entire house’s lumber needs, including finishes and top coats, considering LRV values and so many other factors. The process is definitely simplified when you purchase a product like NuCedar that’s finished prior to installation. Without having to source finishing products or deal with the time, effort, and potential hiccups involved in applying them, you’ll save yourself and your client valuable time and money.
We’d never take a serious look at a composite material that wasn’t entirely recyclable and maintenance-free, but we’re pleased to say that we have discovered that kind of product! What’s more, its appearance is identical to that of wood. At J. Gibson McIlvain, we’re excited to be able to stand behind this new line of products from NuCedar and encourage you to consider recommending it for your next build!
J. Gibson McIlvain Company
Since 1798, when Hugh McIlvain established a lumber business near Philadelphia, the McIlvain family has been immersed in the premium import and domestic lumber industry. With its headquarters located just outside of Baltimore, the J. Gibson McIlvain Company (www.mcilvain.com) is one of the largest U.S. importers of exotic woods.
As an active supporter of sustainable lumber practices, the J. Gibson McIlvain Company has provided fine lumber for notable projects throughout the world, including the White House, Capitol building, Supreme Court, and the Smithsonian museums. Contact a representative at J. Gibson McIlvain today by calling (800) 638-9100.
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