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Benefits of Using RigidStack Siding

HRTI’s engineered wood siding of choice is RigidStack™ by LP® SmartSide® with DiamondKote® finish. There are many benefits of using RigidStack siding. These benefits are stacked on top of the benefits you get when using LP® SmartSide® siding and DiamondKote®.  

LP® SmartSide® is treated with a special process to withstand extreme temperatures, humidity, and freeze and thaw cycles. It is perfect for Colorado’s unpredictable weather. LP® SmartSide® is available with DiamondKote® finish, an advanced paint technology using pure metal oxide colorants extracted from rocks.

DiamondKote® won’t fade over time and, in fact, comes with a 30-year warranty against fading. There are over twenty-five colors to choose from and three different widths of their lap board. There are six, eight, or twelve inch boards to consider for your particular aesthetic. They also have shake and trim to complete the look. Don’t see the color you like? DiamondKote® has custom color options as well.

RigidStack™ is another option to consider for LP® SmartSide® with DiamondKote® finish. RigidStack™ siding installs stronger than standard siding. It is designed with a spline and used to stack and lock together the boards for maximum performance. There are two textures to choose from, woodgrain and smooth. There are many benefits of using RigidStack siding. It is impact-resistant and extremely strong, withstanding hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter.

RigidStack™ installs beautifully and there are multiple benefits of using RigidStack™ siding.

Benefits of Using RigidStack Siding

  • Smooth lines. It eliminates the need for occasional face nails which may lead to leaks and moisture in your facade. Face nails are sometimes required when siding isn’t sitting correctly, studs aren’t perfectly straight, or there are uneven areas of your Celotex substrate. Celotex is the sheathing placed underneath the siding and used as insulation.
  • Straighter lines on the installation of your lap boards
  • Ensuring each board is the same height
  • Finer lines are created between boards
  • Two boards meeting on the same stud is eliminated

When crews don’t use RigidStack™, even on quality installs, you will see that siding crews require face nails on occasion. The most common area requiring face nails are in gables where the siding is cut at an angle leaving the bottom edge in a triangular shape and unsecured. On the top, the nail is 3/4 of an inch from the top of the board and the rest of the board is flopping around. It’s not secured to anything. This is a problem for leakage and stability.

RigidStack™ ensures none of these issues are ever possible and ensures boards are secured both at the top with a nail and at the bottom to the next board with the RigidStack™ fin. With all the benefits of using RigidStack siding on your home, we highly recommend it. At HRTI, we are big believers in RigidStack™ by LP® SmartSide® with DiamondKote® finish and it shows in our installs.

Pride of home ownership is a universal dream shared by many Americans and a good-looking house with excellent curb appeal is important. A house is only as pretty as the clothes it’s wearing, so to speak, or the siding on its frame. Whether it’s brick, stone, or board; it’s crucial it be well maintained. An excellent choice in clothing for a home is engineered wood siding by LP® SmartSide®.

Contact HRTI today for a free, no obligation estimate on siding installation today!


8 Things to Consider When Hiring a Siding Company

Hiring a siding company shouldn’t be a stressful and difficult time. You have enough on your plate every day without the extra burden of finding a good siding contractor. It should be simple. There are a few things you should remember to look for in an excellent siding company that we have listed below. So, when you are collecting three quotes from contractors, check out the following on them as well. 

The LP SmartSide engineered wood siding on this cream colored home was installed by the siding company HRTI.

What to Look for in an Excellent Siding Company

  • Proof of Insurance and Licensing – When allowing anyone to work on your property, it is paramount they have the proper insurance and licenses. This protects you in the event of an accident on your property. The contractor should have general liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

Don’t be afraid to ask to see proof of insurance. Any reputable siding company will be able to present a certificate of insurance.

They should also be able to provide all necessary licenses to work in your area. Licenses differ from municipality to municipality. Licensing means the contractor has competency to know when and where building permits are required so you don’t run into legal issues later.

  • Look for Reviews and Referrals – Check out the siding company’s reviews and referrals. Look to see if they not only have reviews and how they are rated but if they respond to their reviews and how they respond. Where and how many places do they have reviews? Have they gone to the trouble of providing customer referrals? What do their customers say?

Reviews and referrals tell a lot about the siding company. It’s a good place to get information about time management, communication, customer service and other aspects of the job besides the actual construction.

HRTI is proud to have a 4.8 star rating on Google and Houzz.

  • Experience – Your contractor should have a good deal of experience and a stellar reputation as a siding company. HRTI has been in business for over 50 years and has completed thousands of siding projects. We have expertise installing all types of siding from traditional wood to metal and vinyl, to engineered wood and fiber cement.

Not all siding types are the same and installation of vinyl siding is quite different from the installation of fiber cement siding. Be sure your contractor has experience with the type of siding you are interested in. 

  • Portfolio of Work – Take a look at the siding contractor’s past work. Any siding company worth their salt should have photos of completed projects they are happy to show off. Please review HRTI’s complete gallery of completed projects.
  • Detailed, Written Contract – The contract should be specific including a start and end date for the siding replacement, the materials to be used, how to deal with changes in scope of work, how to maneuver issues should they arise, who will run things with insurance, if necessary, who handles getting building permits, who is responsible for site cleanup, and more. 
  • Labor and Materials Warranties – It is important to have a warranty on both the product you choose and labor and installation. Many manufacturers will offer a warranty on the product, but be sure your contractor offers a warranty on labor and installation as well. A shoddy installation may void the warranty the manufacturer provides. HRTI provides a warranty on both our labor and installation.
  • Contractor Location – Be sure your contractor is local. HRTI is locally owned and operated right here in beautiful Greenwood Village, Colorado. We service all the neighboring cities and neighborhoods of Centennial, Homestead, Willow Creek, Fox Ridge, Hunters Hill, Walnut Hills, Denver, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Golden, Lakewood, Arvada, Castle Rock, Evergreen, Boulder, Englewood, Wheat Ridge, Morrison, Cherry Hills, Lone Tree, Castel Pines, Homestead, Cherry Hills Village, Stapleton, and so many more.
  • Siding Brands and Products Used – Siding is a big investment in your home. It is important to work with a siding company that has many superior options to choose from in terms of style, color, and material.

It is also important to work with a contractor who will work with you to determine the best material for your home and your situation.

At HRTI, we install only the highest quality fiber cement siding, engineered wood siding, vinyl siding, and metal siding available and will help you decide what substrate to use, if necessary.

We are well qualified and have highly trained technicians skilled in installing all styles including board and batten and plank in any lay out. We work with brands such as James Hardie, LP SmartSide, DiamondKote, Mastic, Alside Prodigy, and Alcoa.

Remember when looking for a reputable siding company do your research, get multiple estimates, always sleep on your decision, never pay everything upfront, and trust your intuition. You will make the right decision and go with the right contractor.


Exterior Renovation of a Littleton House

Exterior renovation can include anything from adding a pop of trim color to a full-on overhaul of siding, roof, and windows and adding a porch to anything in between. Some houses just don’t know they’re beautiful without a little renovation. The house shown below is no exception.

This 1970’s home in Littleton started with rounded garage doors, a dark stucco exterior, and a very unwelcoming block wall in front of the entrance. The transformation of this home is amazing with just a couple changes. It’s like night in to day. Before picture of an exterior renovation

The Exterior Renovation Begins

The exterior renovation of this home began with detaching the gutters and removing the stucco from the entire exterior of the house. The garage doors were taken down to the studs in order to take out the arches over the doors. Most of the concrete wall in front of the house was removed as well.

New Siding

The exterior of the home was redone with LP® SmartSide® Diamond Kote® RigidStack™ engineered wood siding on the upper half of the home. Diamond Kote® is a pre-finished building product that comes in a wide range of colors and with a ‘30-Year No Fade Warranty’. RigidStack™ has a spline that locks the individual lap boards into one another creating an extra strong bond that is 375% stronger than standard lap siding.

This engineered wood siding is designed to look beautiful year after year in extreme temperatures, heavy humidity, freeze/thaws and whatever else Mother Nature throws its way. It’s built to resist storm damage as well. The fascia and soffit installed are LP® also. All the windows were trimmed in new materials to make them stand out against the new siding as well.

Completed exterior renovation project in Littleton, CO complete with new siding and windows, painted brick, new garage door shape and doors. new entrance and portico; a whole new exterior.A Sturdy Façade

A new housing for the garage doors was framed in to give them ninety-degree angles and brand-new garage doors were installed. The lower half of the house is wrapped in a stone façade product called Versetta. This product was also used on the base of the new front entrance along the stairs leading up to the door. This gives the look of real stone without the expense and the complications of installing real stone. It goes on just like siding with virtually undetectable joints.

Update the Entrance

A new portico was erected over the front door as part of this exterior renovation. The portico has stocky cedar posts and a shingled accent on the gable. The new roof of the portico was done to match the existing roof of the house. New electrical was coordinated during installation of the siding to accommodate moving the outdoor lights on to each side of the front door and more appropriately placed next to the garage door.

Lastly a new driveway was poured, and the gutters were rehung. This exterior transformation is now complete.

HRTI has been doing the exterior renovation of neighbors’ homes in Littleton and the surrounding area since 1972. We are experts in siding installation, window replacement, roof replacement, exterior painting, stucco repair, rock façade and porticos. If you can dream it, we can make it happen.


Is impact resistant roofing worth it?

Impact Resistant Roofing Benefits

Impact resistant roofing is a common idea placed in a homeowner’s head when they are roof shopping. Impact resistant (IR) shingles have a net backing to the shingles, generating a barrier that helps prevent damage to the roofing if major storms should occur. This product is very beneficial to places that see a lot of wind and hail. The shingles of a roof have small rocks on them that deflect rays from the sun to protect the roof of the house and to be more energy efficient. Hail or other types of storms can cause damage to those rocks, knocking them loose or removing them all together. Impact resistant roofing would be more effective in this instance to help stop the rocks being knocked out of place by adding some buffering causing impacts from debris to do less damage. Impact resistant roofing is available in many types of material also, but they are most common with asphalt shingles. Depending on the material adding the impact resistant aid can make the roofing very heavy. This would be an important consideration when purchasing an already strong material such as concrete roofing.


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