Rob threw some real curves at Pete and the Framing Crew with our Streamline Moderne design. After exploring numerous options for the many curved fascia details, Pete decided to try a cellular PVC product called Versatex. While Versatex is marketed as being “bendable”, the supplier neglected to mention that it first needs to be heated to 300-degrees – minor detail.
Nevertheless, Pete and the Framing Crew moved forward with the plan and developed a good system to make it happen. A large jobsite “oven” was fabricated by Premium Panels, Inc. from sheet metal and 6-inch round duct. A portable propane heater supplies the heat while temperatures are monitored by a commercial grade fryer thermometer.
It takes about 40-minutes to an hour to bring the Versatex trim up to the required 300-degrees. Once up to temperature, the pliable material is carefully taken out of the oven (with gloves) and forced into a form matching one of the curves around the house. Once it is worked into the form, the trim is secured into place with blocking, and then allowed to cool for at least 20-minutes.
It’s going exceptionally well and we are all very happy with the finished product.