Six Tips for Enjoying Outdoor Living Spaces this Memorial Day – and All Summer Long

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CertainTeed offers ways to make the most of outdoor living spaces.

After a long, dreary winter, many are ready for Memorial Day, which often signifies the official start of summer. With barbeques, pool parties and recreational fun right around the corner, homeowners may want to consider sprucing up their home’s exterior and property before the weather becomes too hot.

CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products, offers complete siding, roofing, decking, railing, exterior trim and fence product lines, which can enhance the curb appeal, comfort and value of a home. Get the most out of your outdoor living space by following these tips:

Raise the roof – A treacherous winter can severely impact the integrity of a home’s roof. Have a certified roofing contractor inspect your roof for damaged, cracked or loose shingles. Landmark™ Impact Resistant Shingles are a strong replacement choice – forming a protective barrier between your roof and hail, falling tree branches and other hazardous weather.

Don’t sully the soil – April showers may bring May flowers, but that same water can also flood and damage outdoor living spaces. Avoid water damage to the yard and house foundation by filling low areas in the yard with compact soil.

Summer safeguard – A rainy forecast will never affect a Memorial Day party with UnderShield® water diversion system. The perfect compliment to EverNew® vinyl decking and railing, UnderShield provides a functional outdoor living space and protects against water damage.

Backyard bonfires – Fire pits used to be composed of a single metal ring, but the demand for unique and custom-made outdoor accessories has led to many fire pit designs and styles. Ranging in size and materials, fire pits are a timeless addition that allows for storytelling and fun backyard gatherings.   

Imagination inspiration – Easily envision product combinations with an extensive design tool collection offered at Trim-It™, ColorView®, ColorCoach and the CurbAppeal iPad® app encourage users to exercise their imagination through an interactive palette that offers a real-life look at exterior products before they are actually installed.  

Be energy-conscious – Homeowners looking to improve thermal efficiency and weather performance of exterior walls should be aware of products like CertaWrap™ and CedarBoards™ insulated siding. CertaWrap provides an added layer of protection against air and moisture damage while CedarBoards custom-contoured foam offers added strength and temperature management. The combination of the two allows homeowners to enjoy a quieter, more comfortable home throughout all seasons.

Video entries are still being accepted for the annual CertainTeed Living Spaces® Home Makeover Contest, giving homeowners a chance to win an incredible $100,000 grand prize, which includes $75,000 worth of building products, including professional installation and $25,000 to help cover taxes. The deadline to enter is May 31. For more information and complete contest details, visit

To schedule an interview about improving exterior living spaces or to obtain images, contact Victoria Gallagher of CertainTeed Corporation at Victoria.M.Gallagher(at)saint-gobain(dot)com or 610-341-7944.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, and celebrating its 350th anniversary, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For six consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2014.

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