By Bud Shasteen

The oldest home in Hawaii is 56 years old. Well, the oldest vinylsiding-protected home, that is. I installed the vinyl siding to this home, and it looks just as good today as it did when it was first installed.

In all these years, the homeowner never had to paint — imagine what his neighbors thought when they repainted year after year. Many of them soon sided their homes when they realized how maintenance-free vinyl siding truly is. Vinyl siding is beautiful, but this is the least important thing about it. The most important thing is the protection it provides to our wood exteriors, keeping them dry and less susceptible to wood rot and termite invasion. It just makes sense to protect your home, which, if you’re like most people, is your single largest investment.

Fifty-six years ago, the only exterior painting was to windows after installing vinyl siding. Tropical Wholesale didn’t have vinyl windows then, but now (after some research), the company offers the best vinyl windows on the market. So now, all exterior maintenance is virtually eliminated. However, no matter how good the product — and Tropical represents only the best — the skills of the workmen doing the work are just as important. Tropical provides the most-skilled,, factory-trained applicators to ensure a perfect job every time.


The owners Matt and Mike Houar invite you to visit their complete showroom at 1351 S. Beretania St. where you can see all the different styles of vinyl siding — vertical, horizontal, shake and even brick and stone siding; vinyl windows and patio doors — awnings, casements, sliders and double- and single-hung windows. Plus, there are 15 to 20 different colors available to design your home perfectly.

Tropical is a bonded and insured general contractor serving Hawaii for more than 30 years. Plus, the company is the oldest, only locally owned and operated contractor specializing in vinyl windows and siding contracting, making it the way to go.

You are invited to visit Tropical’s impressive showroom or call 593-2000 for a free estimate, recommendations and advice as to which units best suit your needs. Remember to buy local and of course, “Vinyl is final.”

This article was written by the original owner of Tropical Wholesale, Bud Shasteen. He is the first person to bring vinyl-siding products to Hawaii back in 1961.