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Alside Expands Promenade Patio Door Collection with Contemporary and Classic Styles

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

 

Functionality and energy efficiency inspire patio doors’ design.alside siding and patio doors

 

 

February 14, 2012 – CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio – Alside, a leading manufacturer of vinyl windows and siding, is expanding the Promenade Patio Doors Collection with the introduction of Contemporary-Style and Classic-Style Sliding Patios Doors. This collection of patio doors is designed to function flawlessly, protecting homes from inclement weather and reducing energy loss while adding exceptional aesthetic value.

“Promenade delivers consumers’ “must-haves” in their ideal patio door,” said Robert Schindler, senior vice president of marketing for Associated Materials, Inc., Alside’s parent company. “Combining beauty, practicality and strength, we’ve created a collection that’s energy efficient with the architectural appeal to fit any home style.”

Both Contemporary-Style, with slim 3″ rails, and Classic-Style, with generous 5″ rails, feature a double-wall design and multi-chambered construction for outstanding strength and thermal protection. For easy, quiet operation of the door panel, these patio doors are developed with a precision-engineered tandem roller system. Promenade patio doors will never need painting; and are made with premium vinyl that won’t chip, peel, crack or warp.

The two new styles join the popular French Rail door with its 5″ top, 7″ bottom, and 3′ side rails introduced last fall.

Designed with energy efficiency in mind, Alside offers a variety of ENERGY STAR® qualified ClimaTech® insulated glass package options that help reduce the transfer of heat and cold, leading to improved energy savings year round. In addition, added thermal performance features such as dual internal and external weatherstripping and a warm-edge spacer system combine to provide homeowners in any part of the country a thermally-efficient solution.

Promenade Contemporary-Style, Classic-Style and French-Style Sliding Patio Doors are all available in 2-, 3- or 4-panel configurations in a variety of sizes. Homeowners can choose from a solid color doors, interior woodgrain choices, and a collection of decorative glass options. For added visual appeal, cut or polished V-grooved glass patterns and six elegant handle finishes also are available.

For additional information on Promenade Sliding Patio Doors or other Alside products, please visit www.alside.com.

About Alside

Founded in 1947, Alside is a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and accessories, vinyl windows and patio doors, and fencing and railing products for the residential and commercial remodeling and new construction markets. With headquarters in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Alside has nearly 3,000 employees at seven manufacturing facilities. Alside products are distributed to licensed professional remodeling contractors and home builders through a network of over 100 company-owned supply centers and select independent distributors across the country.

A division of Associated Materials Incorporated (AMI), Alside is a recognized leader in the home improvement industry and is a charter member of the Vinyl Siding Institute, the American Association of Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and an ENERGY STAR® partner. For additional information on Alside products, please visit www.alside.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/alside.

 

EDITORS NOTE: Schantz Home Improvement provides all Alside products and installation in the greater Atlanta Georgia area.

 

 

 

siding project for a homeowner in Atlanta

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

We are starting a new siding project for a homeowner in Atlanta.  This homeowner, unfortunately got taken advantage of by his previous contractor.  This contractor had sided several home in the subdivision and apparently did good job.  Why would someone worry about him not doing just as good a job of them?  Well more than half done, the owner paid the contractor a progress payment and he never came back to finish the job.  He left 1/3 of the home untouched and also retained a deposit for the front door that was never ordered!  No return calls and no way to find him.

Unfortunately, this happens often in our industry!  I have heard this same story almost verbatim a few dozen times at least. A more common story is leaving the job perhaps 5% incomplete. Hundreds of stories there… After doing some due diligence and reading numerous reviews on Schantz, he chose to hire us.  We are glad to be able to help him.  Take heed.  You cannot rely on neighborhood contractors without vetting them out. Do a GA corporation search, check reviews online, view their website, check the BBB.  If you can’t get good information on them, you will be a high risk.  Again, this happens everyday and for most people are shocked they got taken.  Our industry is full of these people.  Protect yourself.  Do your research.

Before and after siding project below (unrelated)

BEFORE PHOTO Siding project in atlanta by contractor Schantz

 

AFTER PHOTO Atlanta siding project by contractor Schantz

AFTER PHOTO Atlanta siding project by contractor Schantz

 

Can I repaint my vinyl siding? Don’t repair your siding without reading this first.

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Vinyl siding can be painted, but this has been possible only recently due to the advances in paint.  However, it is still not advised to paint it.  Vinyl siding will expand and contract as designed.  During cold weather it may contract to the point you can see the original unpainted siding.  Painting would only be a last resort for severely faded siding and it would be a temporary solution.

What about painting other damaged siding such as Louisiana Pacific (LP) or Georgia Pacific siding products?  Both of these have suffered severe issues.  Yes, you can repaint, but whether that’s a good financial choice may depend on how long you plan on staying in your home. Any repairs made now could be money down the drain as they are essentially temporary. Upon resale, the buyer will request the siding to be replaced.  We see this every day in Atlanta, Ga,

Pay now or pay later in other words.

Cement siding requires painting every 10-15 years with a good paint job. You will certainly pay more now to replace the siding, but it will pay back in many ways.

Bottom line.  You will certainly pay more now to replace the siding, but it will pay back in many ways.  Ultimately, a siding replacement is an investment in your home while painting is an expense.  No doubt, today’s real estate market makes it difficult to take on larger projects, but the market will change.

Repair and  paint will ultimately be the more expensive choice in the 5-10 year plan.

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May 2012 siding project in Lawrenceville, GA. Home makeover with Alside Prodigy Siding.

HardieZone System offers siding with specific performance attributes relative to Atlanta

Monday, November 28th, 2011

No matter where you live, now you can own a home with an exterior that’s ideally suited for its local climate. The HardieZone™ System offers siding with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where your home is being built. So while other siding companies offer a one-siding-fits-all solution, James Hardie gives you the ability to get the right siding for your climate every time.

 

HardieZone Map

We’ve Taken Luck Out of the Equation

We based The HardieZone™ System on the eight individual climatic variables that primarily affect long-term performance of siding. Using these factors we arrived at ten distinct climatic zones. Though different, we found common variables in certain regions, allowing us to engineer the HZ5 product line for zones 1 through 5 and the HZ10 product line for zones 6 through 10.

HardiePlank® lap siding,  the most popular brand of siding in America, is engineered based on the The HardieZone™ System.