CertainTeed® low-maintenance siding and exterior trim help active adult homeowners
age in place with ease.
Low maintenance and accessibility are key to aging in place.
"Aging in Place is defined by the Journal of Housing for the Elderly as “not having
to move from one’s present residence in order to secure necessary support services
in response to changing needs."
The Aging in Place movement promotes interior and exterior design features that
will make homes user-friendly for those facing old-age challenges, such as decreased
mobility, arthritis and declining eyesight.
As an outgrowth of this movement, building and design professionals have seen an
increase in demand throughout the retired homeowner market for low-maintenance exterior
products. CertainTeed siding and exterior trim products that are made from great-looking,
low-maintenance vinyl, polymer and cellular PVC materials are answering the call.
Installing these easy-care building products that never need painting on a home’s
exterior means spending considerably less time on upkeep in the years to come. In
Thanks to advances in healthcare, many of today’s seniors are living longer and
healthier lives, and they tend to be more educated and informed about their options
in life than their predecessors. They understand that old age, and the health and
mobility problems that often accompany it, no longer warrant an automatic move to
a retirement home.
A recent survey of the American Association of Retired People (AARP) reveals that
83 percent of older Americans prefer to "age in place."
They don’t want to leave their present residence, often a long-time home with many
happy memories. With thousands of Baby Boomers approaching retirement age, the Aging
in Place movement is becoming one of the strongest trends influencing the housing
Low maintenance = leisurely living.
A low-maintenance exterior translates into fewer worries for seniors aging in place.
Just ask Charlie and Doris McNally. When they built their home seven years ago in
Birchrunville, Pennsylvania, the last thing they wanted to deal with was exterior
maintenance. At the same time, they needed the home to fit into their historic North
Chester County horse country neighborhood.
Siding and trim that required re-painting or re-staining were out of the question.
To minimize future maintenance, the couple furnished the exterior of their home
with quality vinyl and polymer building products, such as CertainTeed Cedar Impressions®
polymer siding. The McNallys had seen the siding on houses near their previous home,
and were impressed by how it closely emulated classic wood shake siding, but without
Doris McNally says. "With the Cedar Impressions siding and vinyl trim, there's nothing
on the outside of the house that we have to do except keep it clean." "I just wash
it with a hose once a year, and that’s about all I need to do," Charlie McNally
adds. "And, after seven years, it still looks great—just like new."
CertainTeed leads the way serving America’s aging population.
CertainTeed is a leading manufacturer of building products that authentically replicate
the look and visual appeal of wood and other more traditional building materials,
but with much lower maintenance and enhanced resistance to external elements. Vinyl
products, unlike wood, are not susceptible to termite infestation,won’t rot, decay,
splinter or crack, feature a Class 1(A) fire rating for flame spread and, most importantly,
never need painting, staining or caulking.
"When we reach the age of retirement, it’s time for us to enjoy the finer things
in life, whether it be rest and relaxation, traveling, recreation, or just spending
more quality time with family," says Peter Dachowski, President and CEO of CertainTeed
Corporation. "We don’t want to be bothered with ongoing maintenance work on our
house. CertainTeed is happy to serve the well-deserving active retired adult community
with a wide variety of products that save time on maintenance and provide long-lasting
beauty and performance."
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