Darius Rucker Is Home For Good Project Ambassador

Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker is partnering with Ply Gem as the 2017 ambassador for the Home for Good project to help hundreds of families build homes across the U.S. with Habitat for Humanity. Ply Gem’s commitment to the belief that everyone deserves a place to call home aligns with Darius’ core values as well as themes across his music.

The Ply Gem Home for Good project is a multi-year initiative that includes a donation of over $1 million of exterior building products and funds for Habitat for Humanity to help families build strength and stability through housing. The company will support the project with advertising and social media initiatives to encourage its associates, the building industry—including distributors, builders and remodelers—as well as consumers to bring awareness of the need for affordable housing in communities across the country. Last year, Ply Gem featured country music icon Alan Jackson as the ambassador for the project.

“From an early age, my mother always encouraged us to give back,” shares Rucker. “Whether it was mowing a neighbor’s yard or supporting a friend, I think it’s important to give back any time and chance you can. For me, the opportunity to partner with Ply Gem and its Home for Good Project to help so many people at a national level is incredible. I am really looking forward to what we can do together.”

“We are proud to have Darius Rucker join us as the 2017 Ply Gem Home for Good project ambassador. He shares our passion for giving back to the community and conviction that every American deserves a safe and decent place they can be proud to call home,” states Gary E. Robinette, chairman and CEO, Ply Gem. “We are committed to the Home for Good project and look forward to partnering with Darius, Habitat for Humanity and families across the U.S. in 2017.”

Through their first year of the Home for Good project, Ply Gem has donated enough building materials –including windows and siding – to help 300 Habitat homeowner families build their homes.

As a way to kick off the Home for Good project, the Ply Gem Deck the Halls with Darius Rucker Sweepstakes has opened. Contestants can learn more about how to enter by visiting www.dariusrucker.com/plygem. There will be five lucky winners, one each week, who will win a $250 Visa gift card.

Engineered Cedar Is Lightweight and Strong

Ply Gem Roofing Engineered Cedar is made using a proprietary polymer formulation—with nearly 100 percent recycled resins—and laser-engraved into molds.

Ply Gem Roofing Engineered Cedar is made using a proprietary polymer formulation—with nearly 100 percent recycled resins—and laser-engraved into molds.

Ply Gem Roofing Engineered Cedar is made using a proprietary polymer formulation—with nearly 100 percent recycled resins—and laser-engraved into molds. It replicates the look of natural cedar roofing while offering a solid-core composition that is strong enough for roofers to walk on while installing. Engineered Cedar can be cut and scored with a utility knife, attached with a nail gun or nailed by hand, and requires no additional framing support or special skills for installation. The product is available in Weathered Gray and Warm Brown color families, which are blended in the factory for authentic variation. It is available in multiple widths to produce visually authentic installs.

Ply Gem Partners with Parksite to Distribute Engineered Slate Roofing

Ply Gem, a manufacturer of exterior building products, announced a partnership with distribution company Parksite Inc. to supply Ply Gem’s new Engineered Slate Roofing. The product will be available by mid-July to building material dealers through three Parksite distribution facilities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets, covering 16 states from Maine to North Carolina. Locations include:

    · South Windsor, Conn., servicing the New England market.
    · North Brunswick, N.J., servicing Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York’s Lower Hudson Valley and Long Island.
    · Baltimore, Md. location, servicing Delaware, Maryland, Central Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia.

Additional locations will be added as the markets demand.

“Parksite’s broad distribution network and proven service reputation, paired with Ply Gem’s high-performance, low maintenance Engineered Slate Roofing are sure to bring the spotlight onto this emerging building materials product category,” said Dave DeRogatis, director of composites, Ply Gem.

Introduced in early 2014, roofing is a new category among Ply Gem’s extensive lineup of more than 20 exterior home product categories. In addition to roofing, Ply Gem offers the complete exterior solution from a single manufacturer – a concept called The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem – including windows, siding, stone veneer, trim and mouldings, fence, railing, accents and accessories.

“This partnership is a win-win for Parksite and Ply Gem,” said Ron Heitzman, president, Parksite. “At Parksite, we only represent quality building products and progressive manufacturers, so we welcome the addition of Ply Gem to our portfolio. As a superior roofing product for builders and contractors, we are positioned to seamlessly deliver the new Ply Gem Engineered Slate Roofing to building material dealers along the east coast.”

In every critical performance category – appearance, durability, ease of installation, water management, cost of ownership and sustainability – Ply Gem Engineered Slate Roofing outperforms other roofing materials such as asphalt, wood, synthetic slate and real slate.

Molded from nearly 100 percent recycled materials, and formulated with real slate, the engineered slate shingles feature deep shadow lines and chiseled edges. Builders and contractors can choose from four color schemes – Sagebrush, Brownstone, Pewter and Charcoal – all pre-blended at the factory to produce the most authentic coloring.

To ease installation, Ply Gem’s engineered slate shingles are lighter weight and manufactured with recessed nail flanges, eliminating the need for additional framing support or any special tools. Additionally, the shingles are designed to resist impact and damage, tested to withstand windloads of up to 110 mph, as well as golf ball-sized hailstones. Also earning one of the industry’s highest fire ratings, the shingles are virtually indestructible.