Daryl asks

I will do a dark charcoal roof and eaves. Want to leave the red brick. Change the facade below the porch roof and below the porch. Was thinking of charcoal framed windows and clear red cedar siding that looks like planks. Saw a metal application instead of wood and wondered if you are the source (photo 3). But open to other suggestions. Thanks!

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The product in your 3rd photo is a product called Longboard. It is an aluminum product that create the look of wood.  Very nice, modern looking product.  The charcoal framed windows would look great with one of Longboards darker colours like Dark Walnut for Table Walnut.   You can see the Longboard colours here:  http://longboardcladding.com/longboard-wood-grain-colours/



Roberto Trombino – I Want to Change the Colour of My White Aluminum


Roberto asks,

I want to change the color of my white aluminum..any suggestions..I will change the white pillars to wood columns. Thank you.



You have some great tones in the stone on your home. The blend with this stone and the shutters on your home, I would suggest you install Gentek’s Board and Batten vinyl siding in Windswept Smoke. This is a darker grey colour with some brown undertones. Because of these brown undertones, the shutters would match as well as the roof colour.

Your closest Gentek Renovators are Alauda Construction inc., Bell Aluminum Inc., and Aluminium B. Bouchard Inc. Tell them your Gentek Designer referred you.

Canexel or Aluminum?


Cynthia asks:

we are putting canexcel on our garage and part of the house. do you suggests for the trim (molding for the corners) to use the ones with canexcel or aluminum? we have 2 options for the caping but not sure which will look the best. (hopefully i make sense…lol)

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It is really a matter of taste on this one.  If you go with the Canexel trims, it will be a very one tone look and the trims will just blend in with the siding.  This is a look that a lot of people like.  Because the aluminum has a different finish, it will stand out a bit more and give a more contrasting look then using the canexel product.  The use of both materials is very popular, but it really depends on tastes.

Say Hello to Cedarwood Aluminum Siding!

No Need to Choose Between Beautiful and Strong…

Say Hello to Cedarwood Aluminum Siding!

Gentek Cedarwood aluminum siding has it all – the iconic style of freshly painted wood combined with the superior durability and carefree upkeep of aluminum.

cedarwood outside A_finalImpeccable Beauty  No detail escapes Cedarwood’s upscale appearance. Faithful to the distinctive beauty of genuine cedar, the intertwining warm hues and handsome woodgrain texture elevate this premium aluminum panel to a class of its own.

Cedarwood’s remarkable wood-like beauty is the result of Gentek’s patented Colour Fusion coating process. Earthtone hues combined in non-repeating patterns mimic the beautiful, variegated colouring of genuine cedar. As unique as each tree in the forest, the subtle multicolored finish will create an upscale exterior that’s naturally elegant.

Impressive Strength  Cedarwood is performance-engineered for superior durability. Beginning with a heavy-duty aluminum core, each panel is “weather-sealed” in Fluropon® – a resilient Kynar 500® coating specially formulated to resist staining, mildew and dirt. Cedarwood aluminum is also virtually impervious to outdoor elements and stands up strong to frigid temperatures, searing sun, blasting winds and other punishing weather.

And, unlike wood, compressed particleboard or fiber cement, Cedarwood aluminum siding won’t absorb moisture. It’s also resistant to warping, fire, termites, chalking, fading and brittleness in cold weather and is warranted against excessive chalking or colour change for 25 years – further assurance your home will look great for years to come.

Please see printed warranty for complete details.


Choosing Sides: A Buyer’s Guide to Exterior Choices

Gentek_Blog 2.56.08 PMAside from brick and stone, there are several other home exterior siding options. With 50 years of manufacturing experience, Gentek is well-equipped to offer you this primer, designed to help you choose what type of exterior cladding is best for you, or better understand the type you already have.

Vinyl Siding:  Made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), vinyl siding is inexpensive, durable and needs little maintenance. It is available in a wide range of colours, including darker, richer tones, and does not fade excessively. Technology has significantly improved the quality of vinyl siding, a big part of the reason it is the number one exterior cladding choice across Canada and the United States.

Aluminum Siding: Aluminum siding became popular after WWII but in the past couple of decades has become a less common choice. It is not as durable as vinyl siding as it can dent, scratch and fade.  A plus is that it can be repainted using oil-based paint.

Polymer Siding: Made from polypropylene resin, polymer siding utilizes an injection molding process that enables the final product to have a highly defined three-dimensional pattern in a variety of styles, sizes and colours. It has become quite popular in the past decade, both for accent and whole-home siding. It is now available in profiles that mimic stone and brick, as well as the ‘shake and shingle’ look. Gentek offers polymer siding by both Novik (www.novik.com) and Foundry (www.foundrysiding.com).

Composite Siding: Composite siding can be constructed from a wide variety of materials and made to look like wood. It has become very popular over the last 20 years, with the most popular composite siding known as ‘fiber cement.’ Manufacturers claim it can withstand rain, hail and wind. It is available in a wide variety of colours. On the downside, composite siding is very heavy, which makes it difficult to install. It also has surface irregularities and is a poor thermal conductor.

Stucco: A material made from an aggregate, a binder and water, stucco can be applied in a variety of ways. Hand-trowelled remains the most common. It can be smooth, rough or somewhere in between.  Great care must be taken to ensure that stucco remains watertight. If water gets under the stucco it will make it come off the home. As a result, proper installation is critically important.

Wood Siding: Beautiful in appearance, wood siding requires high maintenance and can rot over time. Wood siding is manufactured in a variety of types such as shake, clapboard, singles or lap. It is finished in stains, paints or sealants. Due to its porous nature, wood siding needs to be installed over a moisture barrier.