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Make It With Metal

It’s safe to say that last summer’s catastrophic wildfires here in the Shuswap have brought a new level awareness when it comes to incorporating fire-resistant products in the building industry. These products can make a real difference and increase the likelihood of a home to be still standing after the smoke has cleared.

Here at Copper Island Fine Homes, we’ve always been aware of the risk of fire in our area and have long-promoted products like HardiPlank siding and metal roofing in high risk areas. And in the midst of last year’s unprecedented fires on the North Shore, we anticipated the need for even more of these types of products in the years ahead. Meanwhile, the need is also becoming obvious to current and future clients, with many asking us about fire safe exteriors.

That’s why we’ve been doing a lot of research and have started to explore and source some specific niche products. A great example is Quebec-based MAC Metal Architectural, which manufactures metal siding products with a surprisingly realistic wood look. We’ve found that these exceptional products are an excellent choice, particularly on custom designs that incorporate a mix of exterior finishes including feature sections of natural wood siding. Given our current reality, the dangers of a natural wood exterior just aren’t acceptable anymore, but the MAC Metal Architectural products provide highly realistic, safe and extremely durable substitutes. They come in a variety of colours and specific wood grains – it’s possible to create any look that a client desires.

Currently, we’re incorporating these products in two of our new builds. We’ll bring you some photos of these exteriors when we’re closer to wrapping up the projects later this spring. Meanwhile, here are some product shots below to give you an idea of what we’re talking about. To learn more, visit