Until now, if you wanted an upscale alternative to vinyl siding, your options were fiber cement and engineered hardwood. But now a siding alternative is revolutionizing the home improvement industry. The solution is ASCEND® Composite Cladding by Alside, and it’s now offered nationwide by Sears Home Services.
What Is ASCEND Cladding?
Alside uses patented technology to combine glass fibers, polymers, graphite and polystyrene to manufacture innovative ASCEND Composite Cladding.
This sturdy, insulated cladding has distinct advantages over fiber cement siding and engineered hardwood: it’s easier to maintain, has a better warranty, provides better insulation and durability, and takes less time to install.
Because ASCEND cladding is fabricated in 20 fade-resistant colors, you never need to paint it. On the other hand, fiber cement siding and engineered hardwood need painting about every 10 years. With ASCEND, you save thousands on maintenance.
As for cleaning, rain does most of the work. You just need to rinse areas not exposed to rainfall with a garden hose to keep your cladding looking like new.
Alside provides a lifetime non-prorated warranty on its sturdy ASCEND Composite Cladding. The leading manufacturers of fiber cement siding and engineered hardwood offer warranties of 50 years or less and are prorated, so if you have a claim, you are only reimbursed for a portion of the replacement cost.
And there’s a catch with fiber cement: The warranty is void if fiber cement siding is installed incorrectly—and because fiber cement is difficult to install, there’s a chance the installation won’t meet the manufacturer’s standards.
ASCEND Composite Cladding provides a better thermal barrier around your home. Graphite-infused polystyrene helps ASCEND cladding achieve an insulation R-value of 2.0. By comparison, fiber cement siding and engineered hardwood have R-values of less than 0.5.
ASCEND’s moisture-resistant properties keep its panels from warping, rotting, shrinking and swelling. Engineered hardwood and fiber cement siding don’t have the same moisture protection, so they don’t last as long or protect your home as well as ASCEND cladding.
ASCEND Composite Cladding also has impact modifiers that make it resistant to dents and dings. It’s rated to withstand up to 1-inch hail. ASCEND cladding’s innovative panel design achieves a wind resistance rating of 180 mph. And it has a Class A fire rating.
ASCEND cladding is engineered for simple installation—an average installation takes about three days. That’s much faster that fiber cement siding and engineered wood, which typically require at least a week to install. And that means installers will be off your property much sooner. And because ASCEND is easier to work with, there’s less waste: The job site stays cleaner, and less scrap heads to the landfill.
The Beauty of Wood
Of course, the benefits of ASCEND would be moot if it didn’t look good. Fortunately, the authentic wood grain look of ASCEND cladding will fool even your nosiest neighbors. The 7-inch-tall ASCEND planks look and feel like cedar siding, giving your home an appealing aesthetic that boosts its curb appeal.
ASCEND Composite Cladding is available in 20 designer-inspired colors, so you can customize your home’s style. And the weather-resistant pigments are so fade resistant that Alside provides lifetime limited fade protection for ASCEND.
Learn More about ASCEND
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