Even though our main business is 100% organic, natural lumber, we’re not completely against truly green composite building materials. At the same time, we’ve found composite decking materials to be far from being as environmentally friendly or as long-lasting as premium tropical hardwood decking, and we’ve had similar experiences with many of the composite siding and trim options out there. Until now. Unlike other manufactured products that are only partially recyclable and utilize not-so-environmentally-friendly methods of production, NuCedar breaks the mold.
In contrast with the typical manufactured products that are stamped or poured into a mold, NuCedar is milled just like lumber. This sawn material has a finished appearance similar to that of wood, and can be used to create many products, ranging from moulding and trim to vertical siding, clapboard siding, and shingles. Available in an impressive selection of 18 colors, NuCedar boasts that their products have “a finish that looks like painted cedar but is much more durable.” Even more impressive than their claim is the durability of their finishing process, which rivals that of automotive finishing and the fact that it comes with a 25-year transferable warranty.
Particularly for waterfront homes that are unusually subjected to the elements, this truly low-maintenance product gives homeowners more opportunities to enjoy their views, instead of having to spend any extra time maintaining their siding.
As a builder, it’s ideal to use the same product for an entire siding and trim package for which you can do all the finishing work ahead of time. From easier coordination of finishing products to smoother installations, so many variables are removed from the equation. Add to that, the fact that this product’s LEED-level sustainability helps you establish a reputation for environmentally friendly work, while eliminating the costly endeavor of waiting for and employing a subcontractor to paint and stain your project. The easy installation also contributes to a tighter, more reliable timeline, which saves you and your clients valuable time and money. Your client and your reputation will reap the benefits of NuCedar years and decades down the road, when unnecessary maintenance continues to save homeowners money and keep the referrals rolling in. In the meantime, those short optimal windows of time for such installations will let you work in more jobs each year.
As a lumber company traditionally supplying solid hardwoods, venturing into the softwoods and hardwood plywood industries over the past twenty years has provided new challenges for us. More than our traditional offerings, we’re dedicated to providing high-quality building products for our valued customers. This new addition of NuCedar, a maintenance-free composite product, is quite the leap for us, but we’re pleased to be able to highly recommend this new alternative.
Call us toll free at 800-638-9100 to order NuCedar for your next project.
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.