Certainteed cement siding offers performance and environmental responsibility

Certainteed cement siding offers performance and environmental responsibility

Certainteed Corporation is one of the oldest siding manufacturers in the country. Founded in 1904 as the General Roofing Manufacturing Company, it has been a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain since 1988. Certainteed's siding products include vinyl siding, polymer shake and shingle siding, and fiber cement siding.

Certainteed cement siding products

There are two cement fiber product lines produced by Certainteed: WeatherBoards and ColorMax. WeatherBoards ready to paint wood-grain siding is one of the strongest and lightest fiber cement products on the market because it is manufactured using fly ash rather than silica. Among the WeatherBoards shape and lap options are octagons, half rounds, cedar lap, textured Dutch lap, smooth beaded, and random square staggered edges in a variety of sizes from 4-by-8-foot to 4-by-12-foot sheets and individual shakes as small as 6 ¼-by-18-inches. Vertical panels also come in stucco, cedar, and smooth finishes.

ColorMax is a prefinished siding product available in 16 pre-finished colors applied over a proprietary sealant/primer that is 85percent more effective at moisture protection than most primers. ColorMax siding can be ordered in cedar lap, straight-edged, and staggered edge patterns in sheets from 4-by-8-foot to 4-by-12-foot or as small as 12-by-48 inches.

Certainteed also manufactures soffit and trim products to match.

Environmental factors

Certainteed prides itself on manufacturing environmentally responsible products. Certainteed cement siding contains 50 percent recycled content in the form of fly ash, a byproduct of electric generation at coal-fired utility plants. Certainteed also recycles the water used in the production process, saving over two billion gallons per year. Wood pulp used in production comes from sustainably managed forests, and Certainteed sources most of its raw materials from nearby suppliers to reduce transportation.

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