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Testimonial #5 - Rocco T | Architect & Homeowner

“If I say it, it’s a sales pitch, but if the customer says it it’s true!” That’s why testimonials are so important. As a potential customer, if you are considering EasyTrim Reveals you have every reason to be skeptical about the positive things EasyTrim Reveals has to say about our products and our company. We’re biased and you know that, and that’s entirely fair. A testimonial from an architect, installer or homeowner should be more authentic though because they are sharing the benefits and results they actually experienced and will substantiate the claims we would make ourselves. So, I could tell you why I think EasyTrim Reveals aluminum trims are awesome, but I think our customers can do a better job than I can.

EasyTrim Reveals aluminum trims

Rocco T – Architect | Homeowner

This is a modern house design very much dictated by the confines of my tight budget.  Although a flat rectilinear roof and metal panels have become conventional elements of modern house design, my budget quite simply restricted me from their use. I was forced to seek out building materials that were projected a modern aesthetic but were also budget friendly. EasyTrim Reveals fulfilled all of my requirements and then some.

EasyTrim Reveals aluminum trims

The gray rectilinear forms of the house interplay with the copper colored angular masses, all while being held together below a series of overlapping and slipping sloped roof planes. I alternated the exposures of the gray cement board lap siding and edged all outside corners and finish transitions in clean and minimal, clear anodized aluminum EasyTrim. Their use accentuated the simple forms, helping to crisply outline their unique surface rhythm, color and texture.

EasyTrim Reveals aluminum trims

We are extremely happy with the results and love our new place. We have been living here since the end of December 2014. Since we are on the town’s main street leading to the town center, the house gets a plenty of exposure. I cannot tell you how many people have stopped in the street to complimented us or how many letters and notes have been left in our mailbox from people expressing how much they loved the house and asking if we can share info on who was involved in the design and construction. For many of our home’s admirers, the defining element that really makes the home “pop” are the modern “silver” trims. The extent to which EasyTrim Reveals trims deliver a luxurious look without a premium price, can’t be exaggerated.

EasyTrim Reveals aluminum trims

EasyTrim Reveals Salutes Edmonton's Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity’s mission statement is “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.” The aim of Habitat for Humanity is to bring together companies, corporations, organizations, groups and volunteers together to build simple homes for families in need of affordable housing. EasyTrim Reveals is pleased to donate building materials to such a well-respected organization doing God’s work and will continue providing assistance to Habitat for Humanity whenever we can. Habitat homes are affordable because the families that occupy them will never pay more than 25% of their total household income towards an interest-free mortgage. Homeowners “pay it forward” by agreeing to invest 500 hours of “sweat equity” as the down payment for their home insuring the spirit of helpfulness is both received and given. Home ownership is a basic principle of a healthy life and EasyTrim Reveals fully supports the outstanding initiatives pioneered by Habitat for Humanity.

Our most recent collaboration with HFH was at Neufeld Landing in Edmonton, Alberta. Neufeld Landing will benefit 64 families when completed and represents HFH’s largest build in Canada. Without volunteers, there would be no HFH, so when deciding a name for their largest ever project the decision was easy. Don Neufeld has been involved with HFH for over 20 years and has shared more than 15,000 volunteer hours Edmonton. An accountant by trade, Don has chipped in the equivalent of over 7 years full time work helping others realize their dreams of safe affordable housing and financial security. “We build our homes with volunteers,” said Habitat for Humanity’s Alfred Nicolai, “And so it made sense to name this complex after a volunteer. And then it made absolute sense to name it after the volunteer that has given us, by far, the most hours.”

The homes at Neufeld Landing might be considered simple, but they look anything but. Featuring columned entrances and walk out balconies, each unit within the multi-family complex is stately and welcoming. Multi-color fiber cement plank that alternate between solid and striped sections display a whimsical air. Fiber cement panels adorned with clear anodized (silver) EasyTrim Reveals lend modern flair to the traditional sections of plank siding and together create homes with exceptional curb appeal and minimal maintenance requirements.

EasyTrim Reveals wishes to offer our thanks to Habitat for Humanity and the wide range of groups and individuals that have volunteered their time and donated materials to help make affordable housing a reality.

EasyTrim Reveals Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim - One Profile, Many Solutions

The Problem

Fiber cement manufacturers require at least a 1” gap from roof surfaces, decks, steps, driveways and other hard surfaces. This requirement has been put in place to minimize the risk of accumulated water or snow from wicking up and spreading throughout the fiber cement causing it to fail. The prescribed solution creates a separate problem: that big gap causes the siding to look unfinished. Given a choice, homeowners would prefer the siding on their home extend as close as possible to adjacent hard surfaces. EasyTrim Reveals’ Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim solves this problem and many others.

The Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim

EasyTrim Reveals new feature rich Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim for fiber cement plank products eliminates the unsightly gap, delivers installation efficiencies for the siding contractor, and adds a dash of modern aesthetic flair.

The Features

  • 1” Tab – EasyTrim Reveals’ Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim features a 1” tab. Designed to extend downwards and come in contact with a hard surface. The Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim replaces the recommended 1” void with a decorative 1” border of anodized or color matched aluminum.
  • EZ.Slope – The Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim’s 10 degree horizontal slope creates a horizontal surface that resists water and snow accumulation. This proven design element produces a surface that fiber cement can be placed directly on without the risk of moisture pooling and migrating up into the fiber cement.
  • EZ.Guard™ – Hidden from view and placed slightly above EZ.Slope sits a second downward pointing tab. Think of this tab like you would a seat belt or insurance policy: it’s there to protect. In the event water or ice makes its way behind the lower edge of the cladding, the EZ.Guard™ prevents migration towards the nail holes and into the studs.
  • EZ.Kickout – This tab is truly brilliant! Prior to installing the first row of plank siding, a starter strip must be installed around the perimeter of the building. This starter strip creates the proper lap angle that each installed plank above will share. The installation of the starter strip is a required extra step that occurs every time plank siding is installed on a building. EasyTrim Reveals’ Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim features another strategically located downward pointing tab on the nailing flange that produces the required kickout for the initial course of plank. This means the Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim eliminates the hassle and time needed to rip the starter strip on site, then wrap the perimeter of the building with it before you can install the first course of siding.

The Results

EasyTrim Reveals’ Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim is the latest profile in our family of trims that provides both form and function at the highest levels. At its most basic level, the Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim just looks great! The 1” tab helps frame the inset plank cladding in a way that mirrors the popular, modern look of aluminum trims that frame fiber cement panels. Our unique downward pointing 1” tab also replaces and covers the ugly 1” gap between the inset plank and hard surface below creating a modern aluminum architectural line. This innovative horizontal profile can also be used mid-wall to create sectioned columns of plank siding or as a horizontal break between dissimilar materials like brick or stone. Functionally, the Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim protects the inset plank and wall assembly with a series of slopes and tabs that manage and prevent water migration into the plank and into the studs. The Kickout Tab is a novel invention that eliminates an entire installation step and makes the installer more productive by helping them complete a required step in less than half the time with one step instead of three.

The EasyTrim Reveals brand is synonymous with innovation and industry leadership and our new Horizontal Base Z LAP Trim is more evidence we take that role seriously and will continue to invent products and systems that delight and amaze.