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    Resistech Engineered Siding


    maibec® Genuine Wood Siding is an extremely well manufactured product. Starting at the forest floor maibec does more than just coat wood. They are stewards of the forests they harvest from and have the utmost respect for the fiber that they coat. That care and consideration continues through the manufacturing process and in the end the consumer ends up with a product that will exceed their expectations.


    However, it is important that the expectations of the home owner come with the realization they are purchasing a wood product. This doesn’t mean a higher maintenance cost (see “Wood Siding - Gets a Bad Name” later in this Blog) but it does mean that your wood siding is going to act like, well…wood. For example, trees have branches and branches create knots. Like it or not (pun intended) this is the one area that can cause concern for some, warranted or unwarranted.


    "Resistech Engineered Siding is built on LP SmartSide®. This is an engineered material with outstanding dimensional stability. It’s not only strong, it’s also resistant to fungal decay, damage from insects and even powerful impacts."

    I can write at great length why your concerns shouldn’t exist but some of what I would have to say would be subjective. For those individuals who can’t be sold on solid wood siding as a substrate there is now Resistech™ Engineered Siding. By the way, I do get it. Solid wood has its imperfections and to me that is a part of the appeal of the product (that is the subjective part) but for some people they don’t see that as aesthetically appealing. They want more consistency.


    maibec has teamed up with Louisiana Pacific (LP) to create a product that meets maibec’s stringent requirements in quality so they can offer the same strong warranty they do on their solid wood siding.


    Resistech Engineered Siding is built on LP SmartSide®. This is an engineered material with outstanding dimensional stability. It’s not only strong, it’s also resistant to fungal decay, damage from insects and even powerful impacts. You won’t find a single knot in the board and 95%+ of those boards will be 16 ft in length. Concerned about repetition from an engineered product? Don’t be as you might find a repetitive board every 1 in 427…let me stress might, because it could be more.


    Stability, consistency and performance from a substrate. What else do you need? Oh wait, we haven’t talked about the finish.


    ...it takes about 2 weeks to manufacture and one week to deliver the product to the retail lumberyard.

    This is where maibec comes in. Their manufacturing process is optimized for paint uniformity as well as adherence to the substrate. They’ve been coating wood siding for over 40 years and have been working with LP SmartSide® for almost 4 years, to perfect the process, before offering Resistech to the consumer. maibec has a habit of taking their time, crossing their “t’s” and dotting their “i’s” before they release a new product to the general public. I wouldn’t call them slow, I would call them methodical. Once released, however, that is where the seemingly “snail pace” ends.


    One distinct advantage Resistech Engineered Siding has over other engineered siding is speed of delivery. Once you have received your custom colour sample from maibec (a process that is free and takes about 5 business days) you are able to place your order at your local retail lumberyard. After that, it takes about 2 weeks to manufacture and one week to deliver the product to the retail lumberyard. Keep in mind this is for a custom colour; other manufacturers are taking 10 to 12 weeks for a similar process. Not fast enough, man you have high expectations, then order from the Resistech Trends Program. Select colours in select profiles delivered to a retailer in about 5 business days.


    So, we have quality, performance, consistency, stability and quick delivery; all backed by a strong warranty. What is left? Aesthetics. How does this product compare to other siding options? This is also very subjective. What I like may not be what you like, to state the obvious. My suggestion is that you go to www.maibec.com and order a sample. In fact, order a sample of both the solid wood and the engineered product. They are both free and then you can get a true appreciation for the differences.


    Regardless of what you decide you won’t make a mistake with a maibec product. That being said solid wood doesn’t work for every design, environment and expectation. It’s really nice that maibec now offers a comparable alternative.

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