The historic town of Shrewsbury, Mass., was settled in 1722. Just one year later, the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury was founded. The church has been at the center of the community since 1723, maintaining a strong presence to this day. On the exterior of its current building, the wood siding was rotted, failing and had peeling paint that affected the church’s overall appearance.
Seeking a solution, the First Congregational Church contacted United Home Experts, Ashland, Mass., for a recommendation on new siding materials. Founded in 1998, United Home Experts (UHE) is a family-owned exterior home and building improvement company that specializes in the building envelope. UHE prides itself on being a true expert on the products and services that they offer, possessing 20-plus years of experience as exterior specialists restoring New England homes.
Everlast was suited for the First Congregational Church, especially because the committee requested a product that would eliminate the need to re-paint. UHE rejuvenated the exterior of the church by replacing the white painted wood siding with Everlast 4 1/2-inch planks in bright Polar White.
“The committee at First Congregational Church needed a siding solution that preserved the historical beauty and architectural integrity of their building,” says John Dudley, UHE’s president. “Everlast was the ideal product because it has an authentic wood-like dimension and texture, and due to its acrylic finish, it never requires painting.”
Everlast is durable while being lightweight and easy to install. It is also water-resistant and impermeable to wood-boring insects, meaning the church doesn’t have to worry about damaged planks from weather or insects. First Congregational Church congregants will also never have to worry about fading or color issues because Everlast won’t peel, flake, crack, rot or blister.
“Compared to other composites, Everlast’s advertised properties are authentic and true. Many other wood-based composites are failing or destined to fail,” Dudley says.
The First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury exterior renovation was completed in August 2014. Everlast Polar White has stood the test of time, maintaining the church’s beauty to this day.