Whether made of stainless steel,
asphalt, bark, or some other material, the roofing and siding
products featured this month are challenged to simultaneously
offer good looks, energy efficiency, storm-resistance, and
sustainability, while keeping building occupants comfortable.
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Top to bottom: IMAX theater,
Science Center of Iowa; private residence in the
Bahamas; custom colored tiles.
and siding tiles in a rainbow of colors
Illinois-based Millennium Tiles claims to be
the only manufacturer of stainless-steel roofing and
wall tiles worldwide. Initially targeted for the residential
market, the tiles can be used in commercial and institutional
projects as curtain walls or as a green
roof to collect potable water or cut down on air-conditioning
needs. Competitively priced with high-grade cedar, slate,
clay, or other metal-roofing products, the Dade Countyapproved
tiles are made of approximately 75 percent recycled
material and are 100 percent recyclable. A built-in
shadow cup adds the dimension of a more
traditional shingle while significantly reducing noise.
In addition to the traditional silver color of stainless
steel, Millennium Tiles can be colored with a prismatic
process that raises the chromium-oxide layer of the
stainless. This process prismatically separates visible
light into different wavelengths, resulting in different
colors within the clear oxide surface. Since the oxide
layer is clear, it is never subjected to UV deterioration,
and the color will stay the same for the life of the
steel. The only color change occurs in response to the
light available during the day.
Currently, the tiles are produced in 9'' x 15'' or
7.75'' x 9'' sizes. In the next few months, Millennium
will make the product in sheets as large as 48'' x 120'',
which will allow for larger sizes to be fabricated.
A complete accessory line of accent shingles and trim
is available. Millennium Tiles, Barrington, Ill. www.millenniumtiles.com
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Premium Grade poplar
bark siding (detail, above), and a residential application
Handcrafted bark siding
makes a comeback in the Appalachians
Once the staple cladding for summer retreats
in the Appalachian Mountains, Chestnut Bark became unavailable
after the chestnut blight of the 1940s. Today, Highland
Craftsmen, a North Carolinabased manufacturer,
is part of a Bark House revival, crafting
shingles from more durable poplar bark.
Highland Craftsmens bark siding is kiln-dried,
which prevents shrinking and cracking once the bark
shingles are applied to a structure. The bark contains
no chemical additives, yet resists infestations and
can meet stringent municipal building-code standards
Using careful harvesting methods, the team loosens
whole cylinders of bark from trees felled for other
uses. The cylinders of bark are flattened and cut by
hand into standard shingle length. After damaged or
cracked sections are removed, the shingles are carefully
stacked and then placed under pressure to prevent curling.
The stacks are kiln-dried to the proper moisture content,
sterilized, and stored in a climate-controlled warehouse
until ready to use.
The company offers a full range of complementary products
to enhance a bark-shingle home, including handrails,
posts, mantel pieces, custom furniture, and bark panels
and sheets for interior applications. Highland Craftsmen,
Blowing Rock, N.C.
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Fascia system for next
W.P. Hickmans new Safeguard NP (nonpenetrating)
fascia system has been redesigned to meet even higher
wind-resistance than the original Safeguard NP. This
redesigned product comes with the companys Category
5 warranty, a 25-year, 155-mph wind-resistance guarantee.
The exterior fascia system is available in extruded
or formed aluminum and galvanized steel. W. P. Hickman,
Asheville, N.C. www.wph.com
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