The Premier Joint
Premier’s backer-board includes an overlapping horizontal joint (Premier Joint) that provides added protection against moisture from the outside migrating to the interior of the wall system. Premier’s backer-board with the Premier Joint provides for easy installation alignment and creates a full coverage overlapping backer-board.
Overlapping Vertical End Joints
The Premier Panel features secure overlapping vertical end joints providing further protection from the elements. This feature also provides for a seamless installation.
Premier Nailing Guide
The Premier Nailing Guide has been developed to assist the applicator locate the proper fastener location when installing the Premier Panel. This guide consists of a factory drilled nail hole on the face of the panel (16” O.C.) approximately 1 1/4” from the top of the panel. By utilizing this nailing regimen, the panel is secured to the wall system through the thickest cross section of the panel (through the shingle, backer-board and furring strip).
The Premier Panel is nailed along the upper edge of the panel (nailing guide) and the nails are subsequently hidden by the succeeding overlapping panel.
Vented Starter Strip
Premier’s vented starter strip has been designed to be used when installing the first course on the wall system. Premier's backer-board design with the starter strip eliminates the need for double coursing on the first row as the starter strip functions as the second underlying course. The starter strip also provides a blind fastener solution eliminating the need to face nail the first course and is grooved on the backside to allow moisture to escape through the bottom of the wall system.
Door and Window Trim
Premier offers corner systems with the Premier Panel. Premier's Solid Wood Outside Corner, Solid Wood Inside Corner and Flush Shingle Corner are manufactured with factory installed furring strips. Premier’s furred corner systems match up with the Premier Panel’s rain screen system.
Premier's corners are preassembled in the factory for ease of installation in the field. Premier's Solid Wood Outside and Inside Corners are available in 8', 9' and 10' lengths.
Premier offers door and window trim with the Premier Panel. Premier's unique solid wood door and window trim features a one-piece profile, which includes a milled-in furring strip that matches up with the Premier Panel. Premier's door and window trim is in 3' to 10' lengths.
Flexible Design Options
The Premier Panel is available in Even-Butt and Staggered-Butt designs in standard 7” exposures. A 5” exposure is also available in the Even-Butt design. These exposures and designs provide a wide-range of architectural options. The Premier Panel is also available in a variety of custom variations to meet special architectural needs. Premier’s Fancy Butt Decorator Shingles may also be used in conjunction with the Premier Panel system to achieve additional architectural goals and designs.
Fast, Simple and Straightforward Installation
The Premier Panel is easy to handle and requires only one person for fast, simple and straightforward installation. The Premier Panel requires less skill in the field to install; as much of the assembly that requires highly skilled labor has been performed at the factory. This also makes the Premier Panel a great choice for DIY installers. Premier’s system reduces installation time in the field by up to 75% compared to the installation of traditional shingles. The one course Premier Panel is far simpler than outdated cumbersome multi-course panel systems.
Premier’s one course panel system produces significantly less waste during the installation process. Outdated multi-course panel systems produce significant waste when trimming around doors, windows, gables, dormers and other features.
Real Western Red Cedar Shingles on a solid, durable, Western Red Cedar backer-board provide two layers of laminated wood one of nature’s best insulators. This two-ply “Cedar on Cedar” design, coupled with Premier’s factory installed furring system, (which creates a dead air space between the siding and sheathing) adds to the energy efficiency of the wall system.
Premier’s Healthy Homes Initiative
As part of Premier’s Healthy Homes Initiative, Premier has developed an environmental and family friendly backer-board system. The Premier Panel features a solid durable Western Red Cedar backer-board containing no/low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). (Plywood backer-boards contain significant amounts of VOC’s, formaldehyde and other undesirable compounds that create health and environmental concerns).
Good Steward Environmental Certificate
On certain product lines, Premier Forest Products, Inc. can offer “Good Steward” environmental certificates certifying that the products have been manufactured from dead, down, recycled or reclaimed material from waste streams.
Member Associations & Quality Assurance
Established in 1967, Premier Forest Products Inc. is a member of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, North America Wholesale Lumber Association, Forest Products Society and Temperate Forest Foundation. Premier Forest Products Inc. is also a member of the International Code Council a professional association dedicated to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public by making buildings safer.