Looks can deceive. To illustrate another example of material, there’s a notable difference between a 24” No.1 Blue Label Western Red Cedar taper sawn shingle with a 5/8” butt, 100% edge grain, with no defects (We use 24” Blue Label), and a lesser grade No. 2 Red Label with a 3/8” butt with visible sapwood and knots above the clear portion. A No. 3 Black Label is what you would find on most inexpensive sheds. Majority of people would only see the similarity of the cedar shingle and not be aware of the significant grade and visual differences. With trim, there’s a fundamental difference between pine and cypress, although if painted you would be hard pressed to tell. You’ll know the difference in five years (or less) when one has rotted and you need to replace. All our exterior trim is a superior grade cypress, including crown molding. Where others do not use skirt boards to trim the perimeter of the building base in contact with the ground, we use accoyo boards. Probably never heard of it. It’s moisture, mold, mildew and insect resistant and is ideal for ground contact. Does it cost more to add these elements? You bet. Not convinced yet?
Here are a few more ingredients we put into our ‘secret sauce’. Our corner boards use lock miter joinery—a technique that does not expose any end grain and prevents the corner joint from opening up over time, especially when exposed to the harsh weather. We apply an ice/water shield on the lower section of the roof deck to prevent moisture/ice build-up and damage.
Our doors and windows are the envy of the industry, so much so that we receive countless requests to purchase these items alone. Our windows are fabricated of durable, weather resistant Spanish cedar with tried and true mortise and tenon joinery, true divided lites, profile muntins, forged and cast hardware, and copper drip caps. About those attractive copper drip caps—Not merely decorative, they protect the window sash and frame from water. They cost $50 per window. We think it’s worth the cost and then some. We offer an optional screen for our windows. Anything but ordinary they are wood wood frame and metal wire mesh and distinctive hardware. Our doors are anything but ordinary. They are constructed with engineered rail/stile and then fully wrapped with solid Spanish cedar. This all-important laminated core (which you would never know about if we did not mention) is dimensionally more stable and prevents a door frame from warping and twisting over time.