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compared to wood, brick, stone and stucco, siding can provide several
advantages in terms of maintenance costs, appearance, durability and
Gentek offers a broad range of sidings in vinyl, steel and
aluminum, so you can choose the style and finish that best suits your
home and climate area. Siding beautifully combines the classic appeal of
a freshly painted wood with high-performance materials that are easy to
maintain. Built weather-tough, Gentek siding won't chip, peel, or rot
like painted wood and requires very minimal upkeep. Just rinse
occasionally with a garden hose to restore the siding's like-new beauty.
With a variety of materials, profile designs, textures and colours to
choose from, you can design a beautiful home exterior that will stand
the test of time.
In addition, Gentek sidings are backed by
strong lifetime limited warranties*--further assurance you have made an
excellent selection for your home.
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you are tired of dealing with peeling paint and rotting clapboards. And
you wonder, "Will another coat of paint really hide the weather-worn
condition of my wood siding? And even if it can, is it worth the cost?"
Or maybe you're thinking about replacing warped hardboard siding...or
getting rid of dated asphalt or asbestos siding...or eliminating old, dented metal siding...or giving a fresh, contemporary look to masonry
New siding from Gentek can lend an elegant finish to your
home while also reducing upkeep and annual maintenance. For nearly 50
years, Gentek has been helping millions of Americans create homes that
match their dreams and fit their budgets. And with a full range of
siding, soffit, fascia, trim and decorative accessories, we have
everything you need to design a beautiful finish for your home.
you plan to move within the next three years, the answer is probably
"yes." But if you plan to stay in your home longer than that, the
calculations begin to heavily favour new siding.
Of course, if
your home has special problems - for example, warped clapboards that
have to be replaced or lead-based paint that has to be scraped and
sanded off - the cost of painting can become truly staggering.
New siding for your home can be a smart investment. For example, according to Remodeling magazine's "2010 - 11 Cost vs. Value Report," the national average of the cost recouped for vinyl siding is 72.4% for midrange projects.
the ongoing costs of painting every three to five years to a one-time
investment in siding. For most homeowners the conclusion is obvious -
new siding can offer better long-term value.
siding's outstanding features and benefits have made it the most
popular siding material in America today. And because vinyl is the
preferred siding for more and more homeowners, it retains most of its
installed cost (see information above). It's the material of choice on
new luxury homes...and the first choice for remodeling projects large
Gentek offers a broad range of vinyl siding products
to fit every design and budget. Choose from a variety of profiles in
Dutch Lap, Clapboard, Board & Batten and Vertical V-Groove with textured finishes and a
wide array of colours, including classic hues, variegated and darker
You'll also appreciate vinyl siding's
easy-care upkeep. Durable and dent-resistant, each vinyl panel is solid
colour through and through, so it never needs painting or staining.
Vinyl siding won't chip, peel, dent or rot, so you can forget costly
repairs and time-consuming maintenance. Just rinse occasionally with a
garden hose to restore the siding's like-new beauty.
peace of mind, Gentek vinyl sidings are backed by strong lifetime
limited warranties,* ensuring excellent quality and value for your home.
terms of adding resale value to your home, new siding can be one of the
smartest investments you can make. In a previous annual survey of
project cost versus added value, Remodeling magazine said that
"...the highest payback comes from projects that give an older home the
same features that have become standard in new homes."
improvements such as the installation of new siding also make a home
more attractive on the market. According to a real estate agent
interviewed by Remodeling, "Things like new siding and new
windows will not add dollar for dollar value...(but) they will cause the
house to sell quicker for more money."
Choosing insulated siding
for your home can add even greater value and market appeal, because it
enhances thermal performance and energy savings, as well as softens
outside noise for a quieter home.
is one of the most versatile exterior design products you can work
with. Gentek offers many different siding lines in vinyl, steel and
aluminum, along with shakes and scallops constructed in high-performance
polypropylene. This broad selection lets you choose from a wide variety
of panel designs in Dutch Lap, Clapboard, Board & Batten, and
Vertical V-Groove with smooth and woodgrain textures and a host of colour
Not sure of the design you want? Just check out the
many styles available on our website or ask your Gentek sales
representative about MyDesign Home Studio. This creative, interactive
program takes the guesswork out of designing a home exterior by showing
you a variety of colour schemes with a click of a mouse.
you design the exterior of your home, you'll want to consider more than
just siding. You'll need trim for windows and doors, and at inside and
outside corners. You also may want new soffit and fascia to lend a
pristine finish to rooflines, overhangs and other hard-to-reach areas of
Gentek has everything you need to give your home a
flawless finish. Standard trim components let you merge siding and trim
areas together to create a balanced, uniform look. To take your
exterior design a step further, choose from our TrimEssentials by Gentek
collection of decorative accents to add dimension and style to windows,
doorways, corners, gables and more. Each accent may be small
inpidually, but together they create a truly transformative effect.
also offers expertly crafted replacement windows and patio doors. Ask
your contractor about the full selection of Gentek products for all of
your home improvement plans.
vinyl siding is extremely versatile and can be used with just about any
exterior building material - brick, cinder block, even natural logs and
If you have special installation concerns - such
as running vinyl siding along a natural stone chimney, for example -
talk to your contractor. It's likely that he has handled a similar
installation in the past. If he hasn't, he can contact a Gentek
technical specialist for detailed installation instructions. Gentek
takes pride in backing its products and service with the full faith of
nearly 50 years of industry expertise.
and foremost, make an informed decision. Require references and look at
previous work. Word-of-mouth recommendations from neighbors or friends
who have recently re-sided their houses are an excellent start. You may
also want to ask about liability insurance, customer satisfaction
policies and professional credentials.
The relationship you have
with your contractor is extremely important. Choose someone whose skills
you trust, someone qualified to perform the task required, and someone
you can work with comfortably.
It's simple. There really is no maintenance, just occasional cleaning.
the cleaning action of a rainfall will be adequate to wash your siding.
However, siding and soffit should be washed periodically by rinsing
with a garden hose and clear water, particularly in those areas not
exposed directly to rain. If you desire to do a more thorough cleaning,
or where high soil collection conditions occur, use a soft-bristled,
long-handled washing brush. It attaches to your garden hose and makes
washing your siding easier.
Do not rub vigorously. This may
create glossy areas over the siding finish. For hard-to-remove dirt,
such as soot and grime found in industrial areas, wipe the siding down
with a solution that's recommended by the manufacturer. If you wash the
entire house, start at the bottom and work up to the top, as less
streaking will result. It is important that immediately following all
washing operations, the entire surface be thoroughly rinsed with fresh
water from a garden hose.
really. You can have your siding installed in any season, as your
schedule and budget allow. But keep in mind that some contractors are
more available during the off-seasons. Regardless of when you have your
new siding installed, you'll appreciate the immediate benefits of
improved appearance, as well as the long-term enjoyment of durability
and easy maintenance.
there are three types of material used. Aluminum windows, with their
easily scratched painted surfaces, conduct both heat and cold, so
they're very poor insulators. Wood windows, which require constant
painting and caulking, can absorb moisture, making them difficult to
open and close. They can even rot. Gentek's solid vinyl windows,
however, never need painting and won't show scratches, because the color
goes throughout the material. This is why vinyl windows are quickly
becoming the most popular choice for both new construction and
Gentek vinyl replacement windows are
custom-made to the precise measurement of your window openings. This is a
significant advantage over "ready-made" or stock windows, which are
adjusted to fit your home, thus compromising the energy efficiency and
appearance. Stock-sized windows also may require extensive carpentry
work both inside and outside your house, which can be costly and
inconvenient. Gentek custom-sized windows are meticulously crafted to
beautify your home while ensuring a weathertight fit.
are two basic types of construction: mechanically fastened windows
that are screwed together at the corners, and welded windows that use a
chemical or heat process for joining corners. Gentek produces only fusion welded windows. Our welded windows utilize state-of-the-art welding technology
and equipment to ensure superior strength and durability.
and Gentek offers a full selection of window styles and configurations
to let you design the ideal system for your home. Choose from single
hung, double hung, sliding, casement, awning, bay and bow, garden,
picture and specialty shape windows, along with patio doors. You may
want to consult an independent design specialist to determine the window
system that best complements your home's architectural design.
at all. Many companies buy their parts and glass from various outside
sources. At Gentek, we extrude most of our own parts from the raw vinyl
Gentek is also proud that our high-performance Regency windows are made right here in Canada.
should look for a window that offers both superior strength and energy
efficiency. Gentek's computer-controlled process ensures a perfectly
square window sash and mainframe with superior strength. And for
exceptional energy efficiency, a full interlock at the meeting rails helps protect your home against the elements, or unwanted intrusions. In
addition, our insulating glass unit traps dry air, creating an
exceptional comfort barrier.
Moreover, homeowners with Gentek
windows say there's a noticeable reduction in the amount of noise that
enters their homes. A full interlock system at the point where upper and
lower sashes meet helps stop air infiltration while providing an
additional barrier against unwanted intrusions.
our frames and sashes are made of vinyl, you can say goodbye to
painting and caulking. Gentek windows won't stick, and there's no need
to remove storm windows in order to clean them. In fact, for many window
styles you can easily clean your windows from inside your home. An
occasional wipe with a damp cloth will keep your windows looking like
new for years to come.
careful when looking at extremely specific results since many of them
do not really indicate how well the window will work for you. Some apply
to just certain parts of the window, like the glass and its R-value,
and do not give an overall picture. Tested in nationally certified labs
and our own modern test facility, Gentek windows are engineered to
provide the optimum in energy savings and are monitored by the National
Fenestration Rating Council.
80% of a window is glass, real heating and cooling savings come from
what is known as "improved glass performance," not a high R-value on the
frame. Gentek uses the latest technology, known as a foam spacer
system. This spacer system helps to improve the performance and the
longevity of the insulated glass unit and is standard on all Gentek
9. What is the ENERGY STAR® Program?
ENERGY STAR in Canada is a voluntary
arrangement between Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy
Efficiency and organizations that manufacture, sell or promote products
that meet the ENERGY STAR levels of energy performance.In Canada it is administered by Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan's) Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE).
The ENERGY STAR symbol helps consumers quickly and easily identify major appliances and other energy-using equipment that save energy. ENERGY STAR identifies products as the top high efficiency performer in their category. For more information on ENERGY STAR, you can visit their website: www.energystar.nrcan.gc.ca
for a variety of reasons. First, you may realize savings on your
heating and cooling bills. Second, they're virtually maintenance-free,
which eliminates painting costs. And finally, the transfer ability of one
of the strongest warranties in the business may likely add to the
resale value of your home.