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EasyTrim Reveals Mass Timber Construction

What if I told you there was a new and exciting building material that had structural, aesthetic and environmental advantages over steel and concrete construction? Would you be interested in learning more? What if I also mentioned you could build 25% faster, have 90% less construction traffic with 75% fewer workers and substantially less noise when compared to steel and concrete construction? Would I have your attention? Final question, what if I told you this exciting new building material existed before the dinosaurs and goes by the name of wood? How cool would that be? Well, it’s all true. Mass Timber is a class of engineered wood products that compared to steel with concrete, are cheaper, easier to assemble and more fire resistant. Mass Timber construction is even carbon-friendly and sustainable. Mass timber construction techniques and materials will not only be visible in your neighborhood but in your city skyline too as skyscrapers embrace the structural properties and environmental benefits of the world’s oldest building material.  

Anatomy Of A Timber Tower

 

1) Whereas steel or concrete structures are skeletal, using columns to carry loads, CLT towers distribute weight over the entire, solid vertical panel.

 

2) Steel or concrete L-brackets fix the horizontal and vertical CLT panels together.

 

3) The horizontal spans between vertical CLT elements can be significantly longer than with steel or concrete beams.

 

4) Interior walls are usually fireproofed by applying a layer of gypsum paneling on top of the mass timber panels.

 

5) A two-inch layer of concrete typically covers two two-inch layers of insulation (separated by a three-inch void) to reduce acoustic vibration between floors.

 

6) Panels come made to order with windows cut out and sometimes piping and electrical installed. Construction is as easy as screwing the panels together.

 

7) Elevators have double walls with insulation sandwiched between them for fire safety and soundproofing.


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.


The EasyTrim Reveals M.A.D. Lifestyle

 

The EasyTrim Reveals M.A.D. Lifestyle

Modern. Affordable. Durable. Why have we adopted the M.A.D. maxim? What does it mean and how does it impact the lifestyle choices of building and homeowners?

 

Modern

The definition of a modern building material changes over time. A very long time ago, bricks were considered the most modern building material available. Modern building materials are highly regarded because they do more than the building materials they replace, and provide greater long-term value. In recent times, aluminum siding replaced wood, vinyl replaced aluminum, and fiber cement has replaced vinyl.

The same cycle of innovation has influenced our definition of modern trim products. Wood trims have been replaced by engineered wood. Engineered wood was replaced by vinyl and fiber cement. The latest evolution of trim materials has ushered in an era of aluminum trims replacing all other trim materials.

Modern aluminum trims have captured the attention of builders and building owners because they install easier and perform better than the trim materials that came before them. They do this and more while achieving a distinct modern appearance other trim materials can’t match.

Modern architecture has exploded over the last 20 years. People no longer want to live in a home that looks exactly like every other house on their street. Modern architectural design offers a means for individuals to express their uniqueness. Simplicity in form and design, bold roof lines, windows as design and a love of all things linear are just some elements that inspire modern design. EasyTrim Reveals aluminum trims and ACM QuickPanel Systems are modern building materials that can be used minimally or in abundance to achieve interesting, contemporary architectural buildings that reflect your distinguished and singular style.  

 

Affordable

If money weren’t an object, we would all live spectacular homes and communities. Money is an object though so we will always have to balance what we love with what we can afford. This delicate dance includes everyone from developers that build large scale communities, to the architects they choose to execute their vision while staying on budget. When it comes to building products, affordability is measured not just in the initial price, but also the long term costs of maintenance, repair and replacement. There will always be a budget. The best building materials meet your budget restraints while giving you more than you paid for.

EasyTrim Reveals is the only building material cladding company to offer a complete family of products that energize modern architectural design at any budget. From a 220 sqft “tiny house” to a 4,000 sqft custom executive home, EasyTrim Reveals has the products you are looking for at the price you need to build a modern dream home that will turn heads from the street and satisfy your soul.

 

 

 

  • EasyTrim Reveals LAP Trims – Our LAP trims are a family of profiles with ¾” openings that were engineered to accept lapped 5/16” plank fiber cement and natural ¾” natural wood products. Caulk free, blind nailed and impact resistant, LAP profiles are virtually 100% responsibility free.

EasyTrim Reveals Fiber Cement Aluminum Trim System Multi-Family Project

 

 

 

  • EasyTrim Reveals Panel and Transition Trims – We got our start as an extruded aluminum trim manufacturer for use with 5/16” fiber cement panels. Installation efficiencies throughout the Panel Trim series make our profiles easier to install which helps overall affordability. EasyTrim Reveals with fiber cement panels outperform stucco and cost less than traditional ACM rout and return panel systems.

 

 

  •  4mm ACM QuickPanel Rainscreen System –  Rout and return panel systems for ACM panels like Alucoil, Reynobond, Allucobond and Alpolic are amongst the most desirable and modern cladding materials available. The materials attachment systems are also somewhat expensive as is the labor to install them. The QuickPanel System is unique because it uses the same ACM panels used with rout and return systems, but our patent pending attachment system anchors flat panels to the wall without the added expense of traditional panel fabrication. The use of flat panels cut on site can reduce the cost of the finished system by 1/3 to 1/2 compared to traditional rout and return.

 

Durable

EasyTrim Reveals products have been conceived and designed to fulfill the literal meaning of the word durable which is “…the assurance or probability that equipment or material will have a relatively long continuous useful life, without requiring an inordinate degree of maintenance.”  Enduring, responsibility free products add value to our lives because they free up our time to invest in other activities important to us like our families and health, while reinforcing the idea that we are smart shoppers that invest our hard earned dollars wisely.

The EasyTrim Reveals M.A.D. lifestyle is enjoyed by those that enjoy modern architecture and the most modern building materials available. Our M.A.D. lifestyle includes people from all income levels that love modern architectural design and want the very best building materials they can afford. Building materials that can underpin an entire community or a single dream home that stands out from the crowd as a true expression of creative modern design and projects our core essence. The M.A.D. lifestyle also appreciates the simple truth that anything truly great must be well built and everlasting, requiring minimal or no upkeep.

EasyTrim Reveals is Modern. Affordable. Durable.


Panels and Channels are Taking Over Modern Design

Across North America, contemporary single family homes, condos, apartments and school dorms are surging in popularity. When it comes to architectural design, the long-term trend is clear: contemporary buildings clad with fiber cement panels and aluminum trims a.k.a. “panels and channels” have embedded themselves into the imaginations and desires of today’s architects, renters and homeowners.

panels and channels EasyTrim Reveals single family clear anodized panel trims
panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims

What is a contemporary home? A contemporary home is as individual as a fingerprint. Unlike mass produced, cookie cutter homes that lack unique character, a contemporary home is supposed to stand out and above the crowd. A contemporary home presents a noteworthy, attention grabbing façade. Today’s contemporary homes often have flat or dramatically angled roofs. Asymmetrical design is common along with simple, geometric shapes. Cladding materials typically include some combination of stone, brick, wood, stucco and now fiber cement and aluminum trims. Panels and channels are the least expensive cladding choice for creating the distinct, geometric shapes and architectural lines that will make a home the “curb appeal champion” in any neighborhood.

panels and channels EasyTrim Reveals single family home with clear anodized panel trims
panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims

Increasingly, architects and the general public want to see buildings large and small that cause people to just stop and say, “Wow, that’s incredible architecture!” When building a single family home or condo with a sensitive budget, a panel and channel façade offers the opportunity to create that unique living space that will become the extension of your unique self. Self-expression via your unique modern home is a trend that has become mainstream.

panels and channels EasyTrim Reveals single family home with clear anodized trim
panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims

Modern architecture is expressed through simplicity, clean lines and the elimination of unnecessary details. Panels and channels are modern, affordable and durable building products that provide an infinite palette of design options and choices. Panels and channels are particularly appealing because of their low-cost, ready availability and extremely low maintenance. Both products are domestically produced and locally stocked.

panels and channels single family home with EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized and color match panel trims
panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized and color match panel trims

Fiber cement architectural panels can be as large as 4’x10’ and cut as small as 1’x1’. Rectangular panels can be oriented on the wall long or short side down. Panels can be evenly stacked upon each other or offset to mimic a “subway tile” pattern. Panels can be rectangular, square or other geometric shapes. They can be smooth, woodgrain or stucco textured. The fiber cement can be painted or stained to look like real wood. The possibilities are truly endless with the only limitations being your personality and imagination.

panels and channels single family home with EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims
panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims

Aluminum reveal trims are an equally important element. When combined with fiber cement architectural panels they produce the simple, straight architectural lines that create balance and harmony. Aluminum trims share both form and function. They possess small ½” tabs that help hold the fiber cement to the wall. Those tabs are also decorative and provide the straight lines that frame the fiber cement panel and project additional visual interest. Unique to exterior aluminum trims are the inclusion of reveals. Reveals are voids or the absence of space that create shadow. The physical nature of reveal trims delivers two distinct aesthetic characteristics: physical architectural lines and parallel shadow lines.

panels and channels single family home with EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims
panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims

Together panels and channels produce clean, simple architectural facades capable of bold, elegant or subtle expression. However you choose to express yourself with your panels and channels modern exterior, you can create a unique, artistic design that blends art, architecture and your individual personality.