Misconception #2: Preservation freezes something in time.
Many post-World War II buildings relied on experimental technologies, some of which are no longer considered desirable, says Ashley R. Wilson, AIA, Graham Gund Architect for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
“Preservation is not just about protecting the beautiful but also culturally important places where events occurred that shaped our shared history.” - Ashley R. Wilson, AIA
Conserving historic architecture requires exterior materials that deliver lasting protection and distinctive design. A home siding and trim line made with modern, high-performance materials and the flexibility to look as authentic as the original.
Enter the Aspyre® Collection, which includes Artisan V-Groove Siding, Artisan Lap Siding, Artisan Beaded Lap Siding, Artisan Bevel Channel Siding, Artisan Shiplap Siding, and Artisan Square Channel Siding—all made with durable fiber cement, providing fire, pest and weather protection.
Consider the climate of the region is a must when re-envisioning an aged structure. Each product in the Aspyre collection is Engineered for Climate®, which means they’re able to stand up to the demands of the climate where installed. The materials resist shrinking, swelling and cracking even after years of hot, humid conditions and blistering sun in the south, and cool, windy, flood zones in the northwest.
Besides delivering lasting protection, the Aspyre Collection offers adaptable design in six different historic profiles. Each style is specifically formulated to match classic facades, so they can keep their durable-meets-distinguished look with lower maintenance as compared to wood or wood-based siding.
Artisan V-Groove delivers the traditional look of cedar siding with its smooth texture and mitered corners that evoke true craftsman style, just like the original. Artisan Lap siding comes in a range of widths, in smooth or woodgrain texture, and provides a long-standing structure with deep, eye-catching shadow lines. Artisan Shiplap and Beaded siding options—both common in historic design—match the look of authentic milled cedar siding by delivering distinct lines and coastal style.
The subtle differences between the horizontal planks of the Artisan Bevel Channel siding, which creates deep channels, and the Artisan Square Channel siding, which creates wide channels, can elevate a historic refresh project.
Preservation projects are flexible, allowing architects to preserve what is unique and irreplaceable while bringing a building up to modern safety or accessibility standards. It only makes sense, for example, to add modern earthquake protections to buildings on the West Coast or to provide buffers against flooding in high-risk areas.
When preserving a historic building that resides in a wildfire region, it’s reassuring to know that if the building is clad in the Aspyre Collection products, it will not ignite when exposed to direct flame, nor will it contribute fuel to a fire.