March 30, 2023


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MCM Siding 101 with Eichler Siding

One of many methods we’re making certain the first-ever Atomic Ranch Mission Home, a brand new construct, pays homage to Mid Century Trendy model is to include supplies from that period. Eichler Siding will likely be offering Thinline exterior siding and inside Weldtex for the Mission Home.

“Substitute siding for Eichler properties wasn’t out there within the ’80s,” says Jeff Nichols, proprietor of Eichler Siding. In order that they began producing grooved exterior siding and retro wall paneling to fill that want. They make these three totally different patterns of siding:

Thinline siding


Thinline is a plywood siding panel with very skinny grooves. “They’re spaced comparatively shut collectively in comparison with present plywood siding offered in lumber yards,” says Jeff. “The floor is clean in texture versus a tough floor.”

Wideline siding
Wideline siding

Wideline is just like Thinline in each approach, besides the grooves are a lot wider and deeper.  “Thinline and Wideline are the 2 commonest exterior siding patterns Joseph Eichler utilized in his properties,” says Jeff. 

Plank-tex siding
Plank-tex siding

Plank-tex is an 8″ circular-sawn tough texture that has a singular look. “Plank-tex, although utilized by Mr. Eichler, isn’t unique to his properties solely,” says Jeff. “It was initially manufactured by US Plywood till the ’70s. As soon as we found nobody else was producing it, we added it to our line of Eichler patterns.”

Eichler siding adds MCM period style to this retro-inspired playhouse.
Eichler siding provides MCM interval model to this retro-inspired playhouse.

How are you aware which sort to decide on?

Jeff solutions: “The Eichler sample we name ‘Thinline’ has very shallow and really slim grooves. The grooves themselves are about 1/8” broad by 1/8” deep. Subsequently as soon as primed and painted, they’d be extra climate resistant than the Eichler sample we name ‘Wideline.’  This sample has grooves a lot wider and deeper.  3/8” broad, and ¼” deep. As such, extra of the inside plywood veneers are uncovered to the surface components.  Thinline was used way more extensively by Eichler than the opposite patterns.”

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Can solely Eichler and Streng owners use Eichler siding? 

“No, actually, we’ve got shipped Eichler siding to quite a lot of builders and owners through the years that do not need Eichler properties. These embrace areas corresponding to Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Kansas, and Boston. The patterns can work on any MCM house design.”

Weldtex Eichler siding
Weldtex inside panels make for textural interval accents.

What about inside makes use of? What are the Weldtex panels? 

“The Weldtex sample is an inside panel we revived from the 50s. It was used as inside wall panels, accent partitions and checkerboard model ceiling tiles. The sample creates a singular texture that’s very eye interesting. From a distance it could actually seem like wallpaper, however upon nearer examination, one discovers its great three-dimensional floor,” Jeff says. One other factor to notice is that Weldtex “works finest as accent partitions. It’s the type of sample the place if carried too far, it could look overdone.”

For extra, see for exterior siding examples and for inside panels.

Keep tuned for extra on the Atomic Ranch Mission Home.