Alside®, a manufacturer of exterior building products, has received the prestigious Most Innovative Building Material at the National Association of Home Builders 2021 Best of IBSx Award for its ASCEND® Composite Cladding System. According to IBSx, the ASCEND Composite Cladding System received the award based on its ability to combine beauty, simple installation, and low installation costs to create value for builders, installers, and remodelers.
With a tall 7” exposure and the deeply grained look of real wood, ASCEND is available in 20 fade-resistant, virtually maintenance-free colors and is backed by a lifetime limited warranty. In addition, the design of the plank enables quicker and easier installation than fiber cement, engineered wood, and other composite panels as it’s installed in fewer steps, doesn’t require specialized equipment, and can be installed with less laborers.
Another key design element is the integration of glass fibers, which add strength and dimensional stability to the tall plank. Its patented (GP)2 Technology, which uses glass-reinforced polymer and graphite-infused polystyrene, provides a Class A Fire Rating for both flame spread and smoke, strong wind-load performance, and impressive impact and R-2 thermal resistance.
The composite technology produces a lightweight and easy handling material that enables simple installation. No sealing, touch-up paint, joint flashing, or caulking is required, meaning less mess, waste, and time on the job. The ASCEND Composite Cladding System also is compatible with a range of trim, window, and accessory options for a finishing touch at a variety of price points.