How It Works

Paint and Stain

Machine application is a process that assures a longer-lasting and higher quality job than traditional "on-site" applications. All six sides of the board are coated and proper spread rates are maintained for maximum coverage and protection under the factory-controlled environment by DelKote Machine Finishing.

  • Finished siding is protected from damage by weather
  • Saves time and labor costs
  • No costly scheduling, weather or seasonal delays
  • No over spray, dripping, splattering or clean-up problems
  • The job site is neat and the project looks finished immediately
  • No color variation, lap marks, shrink lines, streaking or dirt pick-up

The root cause of paint failure in most homes lies simply in heat transfer between the inside (cooled) air of a house and the (heated) exterior air. In the South, the air inside a home is cooled up to three-fourths of the year while the exterior is battered by the sun. When sun hits the siding on your house, it's like setting a cold glass of tea on a picnic table…it begins to sweat. The moisture is drawn to the heat and, naturally, the board wants to re-hydrate itself, so the moisture enters the siding through the uncoated back side and travels through the siding until it reaches the paint. With nowhere to go, it builds pressure until eventually the paint lets go and peels off. 

DelKote Machine Finishing solves this problem through a factory-controlled encapsulation process whereby all six sides of a board are uniformly coated with stain, paint or Perfect Barrier by our machines. This process occurs in a horizontal plane, allowing for application of two to three times the thickness of a field-applied coating. The finished products then dry on special racks where they await additional coats of finish or shipping.

For builders using the process, pre-finished materials reach the job site already protected against the elements. This eliminates weather delays and problems of over-spray or splatter during the normal paint process. For the homeowner, pre-finishing protects their investment and provides a low-maintenance alternative to less desirable sidings and materials.

Cabot or Sherwin Williams Factory Finish is applied under factory-controlled conditions and the most stringent quality control procedures are followed. All six sides of the board, including the butt-ends, are completely covered ensuring the ultimate protection from nature's elements. The product is then brushed deep into the surface for maximum penetration and is allowed to dry thoroughly prior to leaving the factory - stabilizing the siding and preventing possible shrinkage. The finished siding arrives at the construction site totally protected from exposure to water and sunlight.

  1. Controlled temperature and humidity levels stabilize any moisture in the wood; application conditions are optimal.
  2. Natural wood or engineered siding is fed into the machine applicator and flooded with paint or stain.
  3. Pressure rollers spread the coating evenly.
  4. High speed brushes drive Factory Finish into all six sides of the wood for maximum protection. Back-priming reduces shrinking and swelling and improves siding durability.

Proper spread rates and uniform color coverage provide a beautiful Factory Finish with the highest outdoor performance standards.

Delkote's process is just one small step in the construction schedule, but ordering prefinished siding, trim, tongue and groove ceilings, and decking at the right time in the construction schedule is key. Here's a simple graphic to help show the steps involved:

FrameGuard® Total

Frameguard® Total is applied under the same factory-controlled conditions as our paints and stains.  All six sides of each board are completely covered ensuring the ultimate protection from moisture, rot, fungus and termites. Dimensional lumber is typically coated in our specialized “vacuum coater”. This ensures maximum coverage with minimal waste. The product is then allowed to dry thoroughly prior to leaving the factory, typically in 30 minutes to an hour. The finished framing material arrives at the construction site totally protected from exposure to moisture, mold and termites.

FrameGuard® Total's state-of-the-art treatment process can accommodate a variety of wood pieces and material components, including Yellow Pine, Spruce (SPF), Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, White Wood and Hem - Fir. Wood components that can be factory treated with FrameGuard® Total are framing, roof/floor trusses, roof/wall/floor sheathing and EWP.

By the time FrameGuard® Total materials arrive at the job site, they are already protected. FrameGuard® materials can be left unprotected from the elements at job sites for up to six months without any ill effects or affecting the warranty. Treated wood components are protected before, during, and after construction.

FrameGuard® Total treated wood components can be sawed, nailed, painted or adhered just as untreated components can so workers don't have to handle it any differently on the job site.

Spray Foam Insulation

All spray foam works to enhance energy efficiency and air quality through the application of key building science fundamentals: air flow, heat flow, and moisture flow. Basic physics tells us that heat flows from hot to cold; air from high pressure to low pressure; and moisture from wet to dry. In our buildings, the aim is to control the flow of these elements through careful design and installation.

One typical measure of heat flow is R-value. It measures the amount of heat transferred through solid materials through conduction. All insulation is required to be measured for its R-value, or resistance to conductive heat flow. Many materials are good insulators in this sense - think of a down winter jacket or a thick wool blanket, and others are not - a metal pole on a cold winter day or wood studs in a house. In a dark vacuum, R-value tells us all we need to know about insulation: how well does it resist the flow of heat through conduction? Unfortunately, we don't live in a vacuum, and so we must also consider air flow and moisture flow in our evaluation of insulation systems.

Imagine putting on your thickest wool sweater, heading up a ski lift on a calm, cold winter's day, and carving your way down the mountain. Even on a calm day, the wind that flows past your body penetrates right through the wool sweater and chills you to the bone. But if you add a thin windproof shell over top of that wool sweater, the effect is dramatic. This is an example of how building energy use is dependent on more than just conductive heat flow (as measured by R-Value). The convective losses causes by air leakage can produce a significant amount of heat loss in a building, just as they do on the ski slope. For this reason, it is critical for high performance buildings to have a well designed air barrier. Spray foam insulation is designed to do just that: it works against both conductive heat flow and air leakage.

The amount of moisture - or water vapor - in the air varies greatly between different climates and at different times of the year. A few things are consistent in all climates: moisture is present in the air, it flows from areas of high moisture concentration to areas of low moisture concentration, and moisture can damage building components. For this reason, it is good for building to be able to manage moisture that has the potential to condense and cause damage through mold and rot. The vehicle that can carry the most moisture into and out of buildings is air flow. So again by limiting the air flow into and out of our buildings, we are able to also manage the amount of moisture transferred through our building components This in turn limits the potential for moisture to build up and condense inside wall and roof assemblies, providing a more durable and healthy structure.


  • Reduce HVAC size
  • Potential to reduce roof framing depth at cathedral areas
  • Comfort
  • Health