News - 2001
A Cut Above does it again. We ranked 219 in 2001!
August 17, 2001 (Fort Atkinson, WI)
A Cut Above Exteriors has been named to the 2001 Top 500 by Qualified Remodeler magazine. The annual list is published to recognize remodeling firms for outstanding success in terms of their size, reputation, number of years in business, services provided, and business ethics. Data for firms listed on the Qualified Remodeler Top 500 is provided by companies and verified by accounting firms, certified public accountants, banks, and suppliers.
A Cut Above featured on the cover of Northwest Living magazine
October 1, 2001
The October issue of Northwest Living magazine is graced by a Northwest contemporary home sided by A Cut Above Exteriors. The home features Hardi-Plank siding made by James Hardie building products and decorative cedar trim.
Street of Dreams home features work by A Cut Above
July 10, 2001
A Cut Above Exteriors teamed up with one of Portland's finest builders to create the beautiful exterior of Shelburne Development's Chesapeake. The home features only the best materials available including hand stained Western Red Cedar shingles, classic board and batten siding, copper flashing accents, and beautiful trim detail.
A Cut Above featured in Oregon Home magazine
July 1, 2001
Sheila De La Rosa, Oregon Home's editor, interviewed Mark Tiffee, owner and president of A Cut Above Exteriors. Mr. Tiffee was quoted several times in the article "The 21 Most Common Roofing and Siding Mistakes".
Facts about residing over composite panel (T1-11) siding
June, 2001, Source: Bill Jacob - Former LP employee and consultant
There are severe problems associated with installing new siding over defective wood composite panel (T1-11) siding or any other type of defective siding.
Manufacturers: Louisiana-Pacific Corp., Masonite Corp., and Weyerhaeuser Corp.
Product Names: Inner-Seal Panel Siding, Omniwood Panel Siding, Weyerhaeuser Panel Siding
Other Names: T1-11 Siding, Sheet Siding, and Composite Panel Siding
Physical Description: Four-foot wide sheets of wood composite panels (similar to plywood) manufactured in eight, nine, and ten-foot lengths. Panels range in thickness from 3/8" to 5/8", however most panels are 7/16" (before swelling). Panels have either smooth, stucco, or wood-grain embossed surfaces. Some wood-grain panels have vertical grooves spaced every four to eight inches.
Problem: All panel siding must be removed and replaced during the residing process. If it is not removed, it will continue to deteriorate and cause future problems. Most siding companies mislead customers by claiming they can install new siding over defective panel siding. Some also claim they can kill any and all current and future toxic fungal growth by treating the surface of panel siding with a fungicide, bottom edge sealant, or borax rod treatment. However, most panel siding problems, such as dry-rot and toxic fungus growth, lay underneath the surface of panel siding and cannot be detected or eliminated without removing all of the panel siding. In addition, most new siding warranties will be voided if you install new siding over defective panel siding. They have limitations that explicitly exclude failure due to defects in the underlying structural sheathing, framing, or substrate (the material you're siding is nailed to).
Consequences: If you apply siding over composite T1-11 and later decide to sell your house, you may need to disclose this information to your realtor and any potential buyers. Failure to disclose this could result in future liabilities for all parties involved.
Acceptable Replacement Methods: There are two safe and acceptable ways to replace defective composite T1-11 panel siding. The first way is to simply remove it and replace it with a quality real wood panel T1-11. The second way is to remove it, install new sheathing, install new moisture barrier, and install new horizontal lap siding instead of T1-11.
Note from A Cut Above: The reason we are bringing this information to your attention is so you can make an informed decision about composite T1-11. We see too many unsuspecting homeowners make decisions based on false information and bad advice. We are adamant about removing composite T1-11 because our experience has made us aware of all the serious consequences involved with leaving it on. This imperative information is probably why more people have trusted us to replace their composite T1-11 than any other company in the Portland area.