The New Landscape for Western Red Cedar: An Interview with Brent Stuart, Lifelong Western Red Cedar Champion.

Date: January 31, 2022 | Category: Uncategorized

These are turbulent times for anyone in the Western Red Cedar business, and uncharted supply waters for consumers considering using this famed wood species for projects in their homes. To share a better understanding of the market dynamics, we interviewed Brent Stuart. (more…)

Price Time of Shipment, Are You Crazy? Why We’re Not Crazy.

Date: January 7, 2022 | Category: Product News

The world has gone mad. It wasn’t long ago that selling any Russin product for above $10,000 per thousand board feet was laughable – we take orders at that pricing every day. Demand is outstripping supply on nearly every product we offer. Ocean freight costs are through the roof. Container, ocean vessel and truck availability is at historic lows. (more…)

What Makes Deckorators Mineral-Based Composite the Top Alternative Decking Material?

Date: December 21, 2021 | Category: Product News

Choosing the right decking material can mean the difference between long summers of relaxation and a high-maintenance regret. Whether you’re choosing a material for your own home or recommending a material to a customer, many of the same needs apply: you need a decking material that will stay sturdy and durable for a long time, require minimal maintenance, and still look beautiful year after year. There are a number of composite decking materials on the market.

So what makes Deckorators the right choice for your next decking project?


Should I Use Western Red Cedar or Alaskan Yellow Cedar Wood?

Date: October 11, 2021 | Category: Product News

Cedar wood is a versatile and durable softwood that is prized for many reasons. It is naturally weather and insect resistant, gives off a pleasant and recognizable scent, and is aesthetically attractive to look at.


What is Tally and Why is it So Important?

Date: October 8, 2021 | Category: Product News, Uncategorized

We frequently get inquiries from customers requesting all long-length boards. Sometimes we can do this, but in some products, it can be more challenging and we may push back. Why do we do this? Is it just because we’re mean?


Why Is Factory Oiling Important?

Date: June 17, 2021 | Category: Product News

Every Summit Rainscreen Systems product is custom-oiled by Russin Factory Finishing. With semi transparent stains, clear coats, and opaque finishing options- we coat dozens of other wood cladding products at Russin, too. But why is this a necessary step?


What Is Rainscreen Cladding and Why Is It Important?

Date: April 16, 2021 | Category: Product News

The word “rainscreen” has become a buzzword in the building materials industry. However, there are some misconceptions surrounding what a rainscreen system actually is, what it does, and why it’s so critical in a cladding installation. 

Simply put, a rainscreen is a gap of air between cladding and the structure of the building. People often believe that the cladding itself can be a rainscreen system, but this is not the case – it’s the integration of the cladding with the air gap that creates the rainscreen.


Why Did We Create Summit Rainscreen Systems?

Date: March 12, 2021 | Category: Product News

Many homeowners purchase cladding just once in their lives. For architects, it’s one major decision among dozens of major decisions leading up to each project. The choices are confusing, the noise in the market is mind-numbing, and only one thing is certain: it’s a significant decision, and it needs to be right.

This is where Summit comes in. We’ve seen first-hand how the species and coating options can cause choice paralysis. We understand that the best way to ensure a long-lasting cladding façade is to build a rainscreen and to protect the wood on four sides with oil. We wanted to create a customizable exterior cladding system so that we can guide you to the product that will work best for you. We’re wood people, after all. 


Russin Rebrands

Date: April 24, 2020 | Category: Press Releases

MONTGOMERY, NY: Russin Lumber has announced a rebrand, with a vibrant new logo and digital footprint designed to recognize the evolving needs of today’s building materials industry. While the Russin Lumber name will continue to be used officially for corporate purposes, the company’s customer-focused branding will go under the simpler identification of Russin.

 “The building materials industry is undergoing significant change,” said Jordan Russin, co-President for the company. “While it’s critical that we remain true to the customers and core business principles that have guided us since 1957, we must also recognize that in today’s environment, product selection for most projects begins online. Our branding will now reflect the needs of the broader consumer base our industry serves, while still offering our customers the products and services they’ve always appreciated.”



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