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All splinter-free hands on deck Special To The Star-news | Fri, Aug 20 2010 04:00 PM

(NAPSA) - Homeowners have long admired the timeless appeal of wood on their homes, but feared the required maintenance associated with it-fortunately, that doesn't have to be overwhelming.

Ongoing upkeep such as staining, painting or resealing is time consuming. Warping and rotting over time is a risk. Termite or carpenter bee infestations can be a threat.

Many homeowners are turning to wood alternatives such as wood plastic composite (WPC) or vinyl, which offer authentic wood grain textures in long-lasting, easy-care materials.

Here are some great options to help homeowners boost curb appeal and spruce up outdoor living areas:

¥ Make a statement with siding. It is important to choose a siding material that suits your lifestyle and the style of your home. Vinyl is an excellent alternative to wood, since it won't splinter, peel or rot. CertainTeed Cedar Impressions Naturals feature wood tone blends that showcase the realistic beauty of wood without the maintenance.

¥ Let the details make a difference. A wide array of exterior trim shapes and styles can be used around windows and in accent areas to create a dramatic effect. CertainTeed Restoration Millwork is made from cellular PVC and looks and feels like wood. Choose the TrueTexture finish, molded from real cedar boards, for an authentic wood grain texture.

¥ Create a relaxing outdoor room. The ongoing maintenance requirements of wood can cause a family to spend more time working on their deck than enjoying it.

CertainTeed EverNew vinyl decking is low maintenance and features a wood grain appearance that is so authentic your neighbors and passersby will not know the difference.

For more information on easy-to-maintain building products, visit www.certainteed.com or call (800) 233-8990.

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