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<![CDATA[Originally built in 1980, this condominium building in Salem, MA, recently underwent a complete building-envelope replacement.]]>

Review board approves composite siding based on appearance and performance.

Originally built in 1980, this condominium building in Salem, MA, recently underwent a complete building-envelope replacement.

Originally built in 1980, a condominium building in Salem, MA, showed an obvious need for exterior renovations. The aging cedar siding had failed, and the appearance and performance of the building envelope had diminished significantly. It recently underwent a complete building-envelope replacement using Everlast Advanced Composite Siding, 4 1/2-in.planks in Flagstone color.

For buildings located within this historic area of Salem, the Salem Redevelopment Authority (SRA) typically requires that building owners only replace siding with new cedar or a fiber-cement alternative. However, in this case, when presented with Everlast composite siding, the SRA made an exception.

The Salem Redevelopment Authority, which typically requires that building owners only replace siding with new cedar or a fiber-cement alternative, made an exception to allow installation of Everlast composite siding.

The exception was made based on properties the composite siding is said to have over the alternatives. According to the manufacturer, Chelsea Building Products, Oakmont, PA, Everlast replicates the look and texture of cedar without weathering and deterioration, preserving the historic quality and overall character of Salem. It also offers water and fade resistance, requires no caulking or painting, and contains no organic material that can rot or be attacked by wood-boring insects.

As a result, the SRA voted unanimously to approve the siding for the entire exterior replacement. The building now features more than 1,800 individual planks of beautifully embossed Flagstone gray.

The SRA, which is in charge of “preserving the social fabric and architectural heritage of the city,” also ensures that all building exterior renovations located within Salem’s Urban Renewal Area undergo an assessment by the Design Review Board (DRB). According to the City of Salem Commercial Design Guidelines, using materials not compatible with nearby buildings should be avoided, as they will make a development “stand out and appear jarring.” With Salem’s long history of wood buildings, the use of composite siding is only acceptable when, by the DRB’s standards, the material displays the proper detailing and finishing.

The contractor on the job, Schernecker Property Services Inc. (SPS), Needham, MA, presented the proposed replacement of the condominium’s roof shingles, siding, decks, and windows to the Salem Redevelopment Authority.

With Salem’s long history of wood buildings, the use of composite siding is only acceptable when the material displays the proper detailing and finishing.

“We explored alternative options like vinyl, cedar, and the fiber-cement products that are typically used in the area. We love Everlast and after introducing it to the client, they thought it was a great product too,” said Thomas Daniel, vice president, Schernecker Property Services.

“Annual maintenance costs have been significantly reduced because there is no need to paint or perform spot repairs,” added Daniel. “The property looks beautiful and the building owners no longer have to worry about the exterior envelope.”

The product is said to be easier to install than cedar or fiber-cement siding. It is lightweight, yet durable. Its design that assures each plank seats firmly in the one below for a secure fit and level installation. After installation, Everlast will reportedly never peel, flake, crack, rot, or blister—maintaining its strength and beauty for life.


Chelsea Building Products
Schernecker Property Services

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