A hot, humid Florida climate, errant water sprinklers and rainy days will cause wood to rot. Wood rot is the main reason homeowners are moving away from traditional wood sidings and trim and turning to composite- and PVC-based products. Both products have the appearance of wood and long-term durability.
Composite products are typically made with a blend of recycled wood-based materials and plastic materials that are put through a process to create a product that looks like natural wood. The main selling point for composites is that they are environmentally friendly. However, because of the natural wood fiber in these products, they can deteriorate in extended times of weather exposure.
PVC siding and trims are garnering more market share in the construction industry every day due to their durability and more realistic appearance. One of the national leaders in 100 percent PVC cellular is Royal Building Products. They make a complete line of exterior products, from siding to decorative moldings. Royal Building Products is a vertically integrated company that also makles most of the PVC materials used in manufacturing across the country.
Historically, the knocks against 100 percent PVC products were their unrealistic appearance, inability to withstand very cold and hot climates and inability to hold paint, especially dark colors. That has changed with the advent of advance polymers and special UV paints. The process used by Royal Building Products extrudes its PVC cellular in one process that maintains the product’s stability and really enhances its look.
The most popular application for 100 percent PVC trim is with cement lap sidings and stucco, where the main goal of the homeowner is for limited maintenance and durability. These products perform especially well around windows and doors where rain and moisture create significant chances for wood rot. The initial cost of these cellular trims and molding is about three times the price of wood but will save you money in long-term maintenance and repair costs.
It is important that PVC cellular products be installed correctly. Joints are actually glued together and proper screw fasteners must be used to keep the product from moving. Most installation issues occur when carpenters try to install the PVC trim the same way they do wood. If installed correctly, the homeowner will see no joints and it will actually be stronger where it is glued than at any other part of the board. With the new innovations in 100 percent cellular PVC products, it is a perfect choice for Florida construction projects.
If you would like an opportunity to see samples of the 100 percent PVC cellular products, stop by the Lake-Sumter New Home and Remodeling Expo from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday at the National Guard Armory, 400 W. Meadow St., in Leesburg.
This expo, which is open to the public and free to attend, will have over 50 booths showing these new products, as well as many other innovations in the area of construction.
Don Magruder is the CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber and Supply Inc., and he is also the host of the “Around the House” radio show heard every Monday at noon at My790AM WLBE in Leesburg.