By BUILDING PRODUCTS Magazine Staff
If you think that Web sites featuring products such as roofing, siding, insulation, and EIFS have to be drab, think again. Many exterior product manufacturers have spiffy Web sites loaded with attractive photography and eye-catching designs. But most important, the sites our reviewers liked best are those that not only look good, but that are filled with lots of helpful information in easy-to-navigate formats.
Along with providing extensive product specs, several manufacturers include user-friendly diagrams, interesting details, and an abundance of information for contractors. Three standouts in this category are from one family: CertainTeed and two of its companies, Air Vent and Wolverine.
Favorite Exterior Product Sites
|Air Vent||N||Y||Y||N||N||3||2||3||3||3||Detailed specs; nifty toolbar on each page; installation info (which is in FAQ section) hard to find; part of CertainTeed family site.|
|CertainTeed||N||Y||Y||N||N||3||3||2||3||3||Easy to navigate; detailed specs and installation info; lots of info for professionals; useful toolbar on every page.|
|Cultured Stone||N||Y||N||N||N||3||3||3||3||3||Well organized; superb product and technical info; detailed installation instructions; complete and clear diagrams and photos; helpful toolbar on every page.|
|Glen-Gery||Y||N||N||N||N||3||3||3||1||3||Extensive PDF installation info for each type of brick; great application photos; no phone number listed; difficult to find distributor list and product selection section.|
|James Hardie||N||Y||Y||N||Y||3||3||3||3||3||Detailed specs and installation info, including diagrams; easy to navigate; helpful toolbar on every page; substantial FAQ section; customers can place orders online.|
|Wolverine||N||Y||Y||N||N||3||3||3||3||3||Very comprehensive and detailed site; nifty toolbar on every page; easy to navigate; part of CertainTeed family site.|
As compared with the other favorite sites. 1=below average; 2=average; 3=above average; N=no; Y=yes
[This article is a reprint from BUILDING PRODUCTS Magazine, November/December 2001 issue.]