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Hot Products from the 2020 International Builders’ Show

The 2020 International Builders’ Show (IBS), held January 21-23 in Las Vegas featured more than 1,400 exhibitors and covered more than 600,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. Judging from the strong attendance and positive energy throughout the aisles, IBS 2020 delivered on its reputation as the place to see all the latest, greatest building products and technologies. While the majority of the 65,000 attendees are builders and contractors, IBS has also become known as the single biggest event for LBM dealers to connect directly with manufacturers and to learn about the latest product innovations. As we do each year, the following pages include a sample of products that our team believes may help make a difference for you and your company moving forward. The listings are in no particular order.

LP SmartSide ExpertFinish in new colors

LP Building Solutions’ prefinished siding option is now available in new, tailored colors. Expanding its portfolio of durable siding offerings, the product addition aligns with LP’s mission of providing the industry with building solutions now including prefinished color options developed to eliminate the painting phase in the construction process. LP SmartSide ExpertFinish Trim & Siding also now includes LP’s new ExpertFinish Lap developed to avoid the need for seam caulking, joint molds or pan flashing at butt joints. It is available in 16 colors and a variety of SKUs and finishes. Available with a 5-year labor, 15-year finish and 50-year substrate warranty.

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Fortress Al13 HOME Aluminum Railing

Al13 HOME Aluminum Railing system is made up of aluminum panels with pre-attached brackets designed for easy railing installation, and Fortress further enhances the lightweight metal with FortressLock coating technology, engineered to weather the elements. Now, customers can fully personalize this durable railing product with infill options. Available in vertical cable or Pure View Glass inset (full or glass balusters), all infills offer a polished feel, while matching a customer’s desired aesthetic.

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Kleer Lumber’s new extruded beadboard

Kleer Lumber has added a new beadboard to its lineup of classic millwork options. The beadboard is extruded as one piece and sealed on all four sides to eliminate any open cells that may be prone to dirt intrusion. The beadboard can be painted or left white. Made with expanded cellular PVC, Kleer Beadboard offers the look of wood and is formulated to be impervious to moisture and insects. It is backed by a limited lifetime warranty against splintering, rotting, delamination, and swelling. The new Kleer Beadboard features a center bead and a reversible tongue-and-groove profile with a shiplap nailing flange said to increase installation speed while providing a more finished look. Two widths are available, 4″ and 6″, each 16′ long.


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Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive WSV Subfloor screws

Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced a new line of Strong-Drive WSV Subfloor screws designed to reduce driving torque, increase installation speed and eradicate the squeaking caused by poorly fastened subfloor sheathing. Developed for fastening subfloor sheathing using the Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving system and re-engineered from head to point, Strong-Drive WSV Subfloor screws feature a ribbed head design to countersink screws for a clean, finished appearance and a variable thread to ease driving torque and speed fastening jobs. Available in 1-3/4″, 2″, 2-1/2″, and 3″ lengths, Strong-Drive WSV Subfloor screws have a yellow zinc coating for interior applications.



Huber’s ZIP System building enclosures

Designed for easy-to-achieve, continuous air and water barriers in roof and wall assemblies, ZIP System sealing solutions include acrylic seam sealing and stretchable flashing tapes, as well as fluid-applied options (shown here). Available in six tape sizes and an enhanced formula allowing flashing tapes a wider range of application temperatures. Expanded flashing options, when building ZIP System building enclosures, makes locking
out water and air easier in hard-to-flash areas like pipe penetrations and roof valleys, the company says. With an expanded list of size and length options, teams can find the right high-performance tape for each application. Enhanced ZIP System flashing tape formula
benefits include: Now warranted for application from 0˚ to 120˚ Fahrenheit; 180-day UV Exposure Guarantee; Acrylic bond continues to strengthen over time.


Feeney VisualBuilder deck and railing design tool

Available for desktop and mobile applications, Feeny’s VisualBuilder offers an interface that enables users to create their own deck from scratch or use one of seven pre-built templates as a starting point. The deck can then be customized to fit the user’s specifications. Decks can be viewed in either 2D or 3D representations, and features such as click-and-drag sizing tools and “smart” icons are included to make it easy to change dimensions, add stairs and additional tiers, and modify the shape of the deck. Users can choose from a variety of deck materials and add walls, windows and doors to replicate the facade of a home or commercial building. A short video tutorial guides first-time users through the online deck design process. In addition, users can take snapshots of their completed deck project and save, edit and share the designs, as desired.


Trex Outdoor Kitchens

Trex has partnered with Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens to introduce a new selection of cabinetry and components in its revamped Trex Outdoor Kitchens collection. The new lineup offers stainless steel cabinetry available in seven distinctive door styles comprised of Danver’s top-five sellers and two designs exclusive to Trex Outdoor Kitchens. The door styles are paired with 14 powder-coated colors and wood grain-inspired finishes, along with
dozens of cabinet styles in hundreds of sizes. All doors, drawers and cabinet boxes are made from 100% 304- or 316-grade stainless steel and come with a lifetime warranty. Drawers feature double-wall construction and full extension under-mount glides with self-close/soft-close technology, and doors come standard with soft-close stainless steel hinges and magnetic closure and rain gaskets.


EDCO Generations Slate roofing

EDCO Products has introduced Generations Slate, a new panel that combines the company’s ArrowLine Slate Roofing panel with its advanced HD coating technology, designed to produce an authentic slate appearance. Generations Slate is available in four
high-definition colors. Manufactured with a multilayered PVDF cool chemistry finish, Generations Slate is said to reduce energy bills and does not support mold and algae growth. Backed by a lifetime warranty.


Sure Hold fascia board screws

Sure Drive USA’s Sure Hold fascia board screw has been designed with wings that auger through fascia and trim board creating an oversized hole. The oversized pilot hole is designed to allow for expansion and contraction movement to help keep fascia board panels straight. No pre-drilling is required. The Sure Hold fascia board screw has a self-starting Type-17 auger tip that is said to eliminate splitting. The oversized flat top head design covers the oversized pilot hole and comes in a variety of colors. Mahogany, Earthtone, Graystone, Ipe, and White painted heads are available to match your composite fascia board project. They are available packaged in a 100-piece resealable clear clam shell package and a free T-20 star drive bit is included.


Blink Blinds + Glass with raise, lower & tilt operations

ODL now offers a raise, lower, and tilt option for its entire Blink Blinds + Glass collection of blinds-between-glass, insulated glass panels for windows. The product was developed as a contemporary, streamlined alternative to traditional blinds. The raise, lower, and tilt operators give homeowners the ability to control light and privacy levels by changing the orientation and height of their blinds at the push of a finger. Window blinds can be raised and lowered the entire length of the window and tilted a full 180º. The raise, lower, and tilt blinds come housed in insulated glass panels with options for clear glass, Low-E (single or dual) coating or NEAT (single or dual) coating. All Blink products are assembled in America and come with a 10-year full warranty.


TAMLYN RainScreen

An all-in-one rainscreen and WRB, TAMLYN RainScreen is a 19-perm WRB covered by a 6.3mm (1/4″)-thick rainscreen assembly. TAMLYN RainScreen comes in 5′ x 50′ rolls, the material is incompressible, and is said to need no additional detailing at the top and bottom. The product is engineered with a 96% drainage capability and a UV-resistance maximum of 120 days. Seams are sealed with a proprietary tape; openings should be flashed and windows installed before the rainscreen is attached. TAMLYN also manufactures
a 10.1mm-thick product to satisfy Canadian building codes.



Zuri Premium Decking from Royal Building Products

Zuri Premium Decking is designed to combine the natural beauty of exotic hardwood with durability and low maintenance attributes that homeowners demand. Zuri is available in Square Boards and in Grooved Boards, which offer a hidden fastener application with pre-threaded screws for fast installation. Zuri Grooved Boards are offered with a 3/32″ spacing or a 3/16″ gap. Zuri Fascia boards are also available in 8″ and 12″ profiles. All of the Zuri products are available in Chestnut, Walnut, Pecan, Brazilia, and Weathered Gray, and are backed by a 25-year Color Fastness Warranty against color shifting.


DeckWrap PowerBond waterproofing membrane from MFM

DeckWrap PowerBond is a 25 mil polymer film surface membrane that is coated with MFM’s patented PowerBond Adhesive System developed for aggressive adhesion in temperatures as low as 25°F. The membrane is designed for use on structural components such as ledger
boards, joist ends and tops, and posts to protect from water damage to extend the life of these support elements. DeckWrap PowerBond is available in three roll sizes and comes labeled and wrapped for retail display.


Decorative lattice panels from Avon Plastics

Grid Axcents Decorative Panels are developed to style your indoor or outdoor space. The panels are made of 100% recycled plastic, which the manufacturer says will never rot or require painting. Designed to install quickly, requiring no special tools or skills.


Henry WeatherSmart Rainscreen

An accessory to the Fortifiber 1-2-3 Moisture Control System, Henry WeatherSmart Rainscreen is engineered to drain moisture away from the wall assembly to prevent mold, rot and mildew. WeatherSmart Rainscreen creates a 6mm gap allowing greater airflow between the weather-resistive barrier and cladding, a process designed to improve drainage and drying time. The product can be used behind all standard cladding types, and its fabric backing can serve as a sacrificial layer in stucco installation.

Strait-Flex Gold corner bead from ClarkDietrich

A composite corner bead designed for both amateurs and craftsmen, Strait-Flex Gold corner bead from ClarkDietrich is engineered to provide strength and impact-resistance, while a diamond-punched paper provides maximum adhesion for an even lay-down and reduced edge cracking. Additionally, the paper surface is pre-treated to accept paint and
finishing compound is not required over the laminated area.


Metwood 2810HR

Named a Best of IBS, Most Innovative Building Product for 2020, the Metwood 2810HR allows up to a 6″ hole to be cut through a 2×10 Floor Joist. The main purpose for this product is to allow plumbing, HVAC, and other utilities to be placed through the floor joists. Prior to 1996, the code allowed for larger holes to be placed in joists. Therefore, when homes built prior to 1996 are being renovated the utilities routed through floor joists will no longer pass required codes. In order to avoid the need to reroute the utilities and add additional time to the project, the 2810HR Reinforcer can be utilized to solve the new code
requirements. Metwood has obtained a Code Compliance Research Report for the product to allow use across the country without additional engineering support.


Therma-Tru door surrounds

New door surrounds from Therma-Tru are designed to add an element of style to Therma-Tru’s complete door system, and help tie the entryway in with the rest of the home’s architectural details. Featuring a hand-selected assortment chosen to complement virtually any door or home style, Therma-Tru door surrounds are engineered for both exterior and interior applications. Therma-Tru door surrounds come primed, ready to be painted or stained and install, and parts can be trimmed to exact measurements in the field. The
polyurethane construction is said to be low maintenance and delivers long lasting performance.


SIDELoc Fastening System from TimberTech

The new SIDELoc Fastening System is designed to make installation fast and easy for a fastener-free deck surface. For use with TimberTech AZEK square shoulder boards, SIDELoc guides and screws are engineered to help speed up installation. SIDELoc’s new screw design and performance enhancements are designed to reduce fastener visibility. The 304 stainless steel is said to allow for superior corrosion resistance (316 stainless steel available for coastal regions). The stainless steel also resists screw shear and installs creating a 1/8″ gap. Compatible with all TimberTech AZEK square shoulder deck boards. Available with a 3.5″ narrow width guide, 5.5″ guide, and a 7.25” wide width extension attachment.


TandoStone expands with two new colors

TandoStone has introduced two new colors: Nordic Mist, part of the Tando Creek Ledgestone collection and Glacier Bay (shown), under the Stacked Stone line. Creek
Ledgestone emulates the rugged look of hand-picked stone with distinct grout lines, while Stacked Stone features a dry stack profile without grout lines between the stones. The two new shades were developed to complement today’s dark colored shake and siding options. All TandoStone features TruGrit technology designed with the rough, gritty feel of real stone in mind.


Timberline HDZ shingles from GAF

Timberline’s HDZ shingles now feature LayerLock technology that mechanically fuses the common bond between overlapping shingle layers, and also includes the StrikeZone Nailing Area, said to be the industry’s largest nail zone. GAF says Timberline HDZ singles maintain
up to 99.9% nail placement accuracy, and up to 30% faster nail fastening. The shingles also feature GAF’s WindProven Limited Wind Warranty, said to be the industry’s first wind
warranty with no maximum wind speed limitation.


MoistureShield’s Elevate capped wood composite decking

Elevate is available in two colors: Lake Fog is a soft gray shade, while Canoe is forest brown. Elevate also features the Solid Core Difference, a proprietary manufacturing process offering protection against moisture absorption, warping, rotting, and damage from insects. This technology has resulted in zero structural field failures whether the boards are in the ground, on the ground or even underwater, the manufacturer says. Elevate 5/4 deck boards are available in 12′ and 16′ lengths in grooved profiles (for hidden fasteners) and 20′ lengths with a solid edge (for deck stairs and picture framing), as well as fascia boards in 12′ lengths. Elevate decking is fully protected by a limited lifetime structural warranty for residential, as well as a residential 30-year limited lifetime fade and stain warranty. For commercial environments, it carries a 10-year limited structural warranty.


DensDefy Liquid Flashing from Georgia-Pacific

DensDefy Liquid Flashing’s membrane is engineered to seal and protect against water intrusion for transitions between substrates (at rough openings, penetrations, joints, sheathing fasteners, and seams) and unwanted air movement in new or existing wall assemblies as part of the DensElement Barrier System. DensDefy Liquid Flashing is designed for fast cure/moist cure (better tack time), low-temperature application, acceptance of rain immediately after application, and 12-month exposure to normal weather conditions.


James Hardie HardieBacker Cement Board

HardieBacker Cement Board with HydroDefense Technology is designed to provide unmatched strength, ease of use, and excellent tile adhesion, and is now available with a waterproof composition throughout the board. Passing ANSI A118.10 for waterproofness,
HardieBacker Cement Board with HydroDefense Technology has been engineered to help protect tile installations in kitchens and bathrooms from moisture penetration. Available in 36″ x 60″ boards with a limited lifetime warranty.

Key-Link fascia mounts

Key-Link’s fascia mount brackets allow installers to move posts off the deck floor and mount them to deck fascia for increased living space. The Key-Link bracket is designed to be sleek and modern. Extruded from aluminum, it is powder-coated to match post colors. The mounts come in three versions: the inside corner, the line bracket, and the outside bracket. Each bracket includes a cap to seal the bottom to prevent insects from entering.

U2 Fasteners updated stainless steel screw specs

U2 Fasteners has introduced newly-published specs on the company’s 316 marine-grade
stainless steel screws. The screws are now available with shear, tensile, bending yield, withdrawal and pull-through values. U2 stainless steel screws can be spec’d by engineers and architects for various applications. U2 says it is one of few manufacturers to provide this information for 316 stainless steel screws.


Barrette Outdoor Living Decorative Screen Panels

Decorative Screen Panels provide semi-privacy when hung from a deck, patio, or porch. Barrette’s panels are available in a variety of designs, colors and textures in styles ranging
from traditional to organic to modern. Users can enhance the look of a patio or deck with the powder-coated aluminum Decorative Screen Panel frame kit. The surface-mountable frame kits work with the Decorative Screen Panels and can be installed up to three panels high, allowing homeowners to create custom configurations that reflect their personal style. Line Post Kits and Corner Post Kits can be used in conjunction with the Decorative Screen Panel Frame Kits to make it easier to create continuous and corner privacy sections on a deck or patio. The kits are low-maintenance and impact-resistant and can be painted to complement any home project or outdoor environment.


Envision Ridge Premium capped composite decking

Featuring a new fluted-profile with the same EverGrain Core as its other composite decking collections, and a high-density cap, Envision has introduced its newest collection, Ridge Premium. Ridge Premium is available in three colors: the dark brown Black Walnut, light brown Vintage Oak, and grey Gunstock. Crafted using Envision’s proprietary Compress Technology, the cap and core are bonded together with heat and pressure to squeeze out air pockets and create a deep grain. Ridge Premium is available in 12′ and 16′ lengths with a square edge profile featuring a wider edge on the bottom.


Chrometallics from Woodtone

Woodtone’s latest innovation is a luminous metallic finish on durable fiber cement and engineered wood products. Designed to create an outstanding architectural appearance for hospitality, residential, and commercial projects, this product pairs the durability of fiber cement with the appearance of metal siding. Available in eight color formations, the coating technology was developed in partnership with Sherwin Williams.


Barricade Wrap Plus Drainage

Barricade Wrap Plus Drainage is a non-perforated, non-woven, drainage wrap developed to offer the highest level of performance against wind, air and moisture. Barricade Wrap Plus Drainage’s unique non-directional surface pattern is engineered to create a standoff property that facilitates water drainage on the material. Barricade Wrap Plus Drainage provides a drainage path for water to flow freely as it is channeled safely down and away from the envelope.


Maze Nails

Maze Nails offers painted nails to match pre-finished colors from LP SmartSide, James Hardie siding and trim and Allura siding. The nails are available double hot-dipped galvanized and stainless steel in coils, sticks and hand-driven. Maze Nails are made in Peru, Illinois, making them one of the last remaining nail manufacturers in the U.S., according to the company.

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