Question:
What is American Original® made of?
Answer:
We use a highly-engineered compound consisting of polypropylene, UV inhibitors and stabilizing ingredients. These are premium materials across the board. This provides the basis for the enhanced performance features, such as durability and colorfastness, that are found in our shake and scallop products. And ultimately, composite materials provide low-maintenance good looks at a cost-efficient price.
Question:
Do all siding products use the same kind of materials?
Answer:
Most typical siding products use vinyl as the main ingredient. In the area of shake and scallop siding, some are vinyl and some are polypropylene. But no other company uses the premium level of materials used in American Original.
Question:
What’s the difference between polypropylene and vinyl?
Answer:
Polypropylene is much stronger, more durable and more ding-resistant than vinyl. And American Original’s polypropylene panels are twice as thick as most vinyl products on the market.
Question:
Why is a single-course panel so important in shake and scallop siding?
Answer:
American Original’s revolutionary single-course panels allow for substantially less trim waste (especially around windows) in the installation process. They’re also much easier to handle and trim on the job site. This results in overall reduction in job cost, plus savings in installation time.
Question:
Are there any other single-course products available on the market?
Answer:
There is one company that offers single-course but their product is bonded together, putting a point of vulnerability in each panel. Another company has a single-course product but only in one style. American Original is the only product on the market that offers seamless single-course panels in a variety of complementary styles and colors.
Question:
What about color fading and matching?
Answer:
American Original uses premium grade UV stabilizer technology for optimum protection against color fading. Our comprehensive color management system, performed in our plants around the clock, meticulously samples and quality-checks colors to maximize box-to-box color control.
Question:
How does American Original hold up in high wind conditions?
Answer:
Most shake and scallop products are rated to wind resistance up to 160 MPH. In independent ASTM testing, American Original stays secure at over 200 MPH wind velocity. This increase in performance is due to our premium composite polypropylene material and advanced product design including our SignalSlots® nail hem, which allows for nailing every sixteen inches with or without a nail-based sheathing. This makes American Original an excellent choice for areas where hurricanes or storms are a concern.
Question:
What is the typical pricing for American Original® Shake & Scallop Siding?
Answer:
American Original is priced very competitively with other shake and scallop products providing an overall better value package.
Question:
Why is the surface pattern a key consideration?
Answer:
Shake and scallop makes an important architectural statement, so it’s critical that it look as natural as possible. One of the most critical aspects in achieving this look is the randomness of the pattern. Even if great care is taken during the installation process, with other products it’s hard to avoid repeat patterns that look “fake” from a distance. American Original panels are fully randomized in pattern, and the single-course panels eliminate repeatability, providing a natural appearance.
Question:
What type of warranty is offered?
Answer:
American Original Shake & Scallop Siding has the best warranty in the industry. Our product is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. See printed warranty for details. Copies of the warranty are available by contacting American Original Building Products LLC.
Question:
How credible is the company that manufactures and sells American Original?
Answer:
American Original Building Products LLC is owned and operated by Ferriot Inc, a company with over 140 years of experience serving Fortune 500 clients around the world.  As master-craftsmen in the production of molds and the engineering of plastics, we are uniquely qualified to design and manufacture the world’s most revolutionary shake and scallop siding.
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