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Product Picks: April 2023

Each month, hundreds of products and services vie for industry attention. Here are some that our editors think will interest LBM Journal readers.


Black Label Professional Grade Accessories

Tropical Forest Products recently introduced its Black Label Professional Grade Accessories for designers, builders, installers, and contractors. Known for its Premium Select Architectural-Grade Ipe and tropical hardwoods, Tropical Forest Products’ accessories include the brand’s cladding clips, deck clips and screws, cleaners, brighteners, and Ipe and marine oils. Black Label Clad Clip and Pro Deck Clip systems with their proprietary designs are manufactured from high-grade stainless steel and military-grade polymers, while the brand’s Tool Kit includes everything the manufacturer says is needed for installing a hardwood project. Additionally, the company’s new line of Ipe + Marine Oil Finishes, Wood Cleaner, Brightener, and End Sealer enhance and protect the wood.

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UFP-Edge Native Woods Shiplap

Tongue-and-groove Native Woods Shiplap from UFP-Edge is designed for use on walls, ceilings, and on select covered exterior applications such as soffits and porches. Each board features a unique woodgrain pattern beneath a smooth surface and incorporates features such as native knots. The 1×6 boards come in random 10′, 12′, 14′, 16′ lengths (with 8′ and shorter lengths available online), are available pre-finished, and according to the manufacturer, the interlocking board pattern allows for a consistent nickel gap reveal and a secure installation with fewer exposed fasteners. And because every board is end-matched, installation requires fewer cuts for less waste.

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Trex Fire Pit Tables

As part of its Outdoor Furniture portfolio, Trex says its Fire Pit Tables are the ideal complement to any outdoor living space. Available in a variety of 42″-square and 48″-round designs, these new fire features feature Trex’s Crystal Fire Plus Burner that runs for 8-16 hours using a 20 lb. propane tank (not included) or can be hooked up to a natural gas line. Additionally, the units are safe to use on wood and composite decks, as well as concrete patios and lawns. Available in a variety of colors that coordinate with Trex decking and railing, the units are available individually or as part of five-piece furniture sets in the company’s Eastport, Cape Cod, Rockport, and Yacht Club collections. As well, they are backed by a 20-year residential warranty and come with a protective cover for added protection and longevity.

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OSB Roof Decking from RoyOMartin

RoyOMartin’s new OSB roofing product is designed to withstand the snow loads that roofs experience in the winter, but without adding any weight or additional costs. According to the manufacturer, the panel is 7/16″ thick, so it’s lighter than the full 1/2″ that is currently required. The product meets the same testing requirements and installs the same as the typical 1/2″ OSB roofing panel.


New Colors for Foundry Specialty Siding

Foundry Specialty Siding, an exterior brand within the Westlake Royal Building Products portfolio that replicates the look of cedar, is refreshing its colors with five new Standard Palette hues and four new Weathered Palette hues. According to the manufacturer, these  new colors reflect the latest trends and consumer demand, particularly toward grays and darker tones, and include five new options in the Standard Palette color lineup that were previously available only as special order: Moonlight (a light gray); Gray Skies (a medium gray); Marine Blue; Modern Slate (a dark gray-taupe); and Ironstone (a dark charcoal). The four new Weathered Palette colors are available for 7″ Shake and 7″ Staggered profiles and include: Arizona Clay (a burnt orange); Reclaimed Cedar (a light rustic brown); Midnight Cloud (meant to duplicate aged cedar); and Denim (a gray-blue meant to mimic weathered coastal cedar).


United Gutter Guard from Gutterglove

United Gutter Guard from Gutterglove installs directly on top of existing gutters and is  designed to work with any gutter or roof type. It features 100% Stainless Steel Micro-Mesh for rust and corrosion resistance, along with patented V-Bend technology the manufacturer says delivers optimal debris blocking and water filtration. According to Gutterglove, United Gutter Guards are ideal for areas with dense tree coverage or heavy debris, as they block out leaves, pine needles, roof grit, rodents, and insects while handling heavy downpours.


Paslode 16-ga. Angled Finish Nailer

Paslode has recently updated its Cordless 16 ga. Angled Finish Nailer with updated features for improved productivity on the jobsite. According to Paslode, the nailer, which weights 4.5 lbs., is the lightest cordless finish nailer on the market, can drive 12,000 nails per battery charge, and 1,200 nails per fuel cell. The angled finish nailing platform allows the user to get in to tighter spots and angles that traditionally cannot be done with conventional 16 ga. straight finish nailers, and the nailer is backed by a 2-year full replacement warranty.


Timberline UHDZ Shingles

GAF has reengineered and relaunched Timberline UHD (Ultra High Definition) shingles as Timberline UHDZ shingles. This new premium laminate shingle offers the company’s patent-pending Dual Shadow Line which, according to GAF, creates shadows that mimic sunset all day long, as well as 10% more of GAF’s Time-Release Algae-Fighting Technology. In addition, the new shingles are thicker than the previous Timberline HDZ shingles, are approximately 20% heavier, and come with a new 30-Year StainGuard Plus PRO Algae Protection limited warranty against blue-green algae discoloration. Timberline UHDZ shingles are also eligible for the WindProven Limited Wind Warranty when installed with the required combination of four qualifying GAF accessories. GAF Master Elite contractors can also offer 30 years of workmanship coverage when they install a qualifying GAF roofing system with Timberline UHDZ shingles and register a Golden Pledge Limited Warranty on single family properties.


Trex Seal Ledger Flashing Tape

Trex Seal Ledger Flashing Tape is an 11″-wide aluminum-lined butyl tape specifically engineered for use on a deck’s ledger board. According to Trex, it creates a waterproof barrier that provides complete coverage of the ledger board and seals any gaps between the ledger and the substructure, as well as offering a superior alternative to traditional ledger flashing. A convenient 5-1/2″ double-release liner makes the tape easy to install, allowing users to bend and set it in place without having it flex back.


Wolf Artisan Cabinets

Wolf Home Products has recently launched its Wolf Artisan line of cabinets. A premier, curated collection of semi-custom cabinetry, Wolf says its Artisan cabinets can be modified within 1/16th of an inch for a precise fit and finish, making it a near-custom solution for homeowners says the manufacturer. Available in 23 finish and stain options, 18 door styles, and five wood species, Wolf Artisan cabinets include such features as solid-wood dovetail drawers, soft-close drawers and doors, I-Beam construction, and deep drawer boxes with full-extension slides. The cabinet collection can be customized with varying moulding and leg options, unique corner storage solutions, and over 35 drawer storage and pullout options.


Typar DrainableWrap Commercial building wrap

Typar is expanding its line of high-performance building wraps with the launch of its DrainableWrap Commercial, the company’s first drainable building wrap engineered to protect multi-story structures from the elements and manage excess moisture. Available in 5′ x 150′ rolls, Typar says DrainableWrap Commercial offers an elevated ability to deal with excess moisture even faster than most conventional house wraps, thanks in part to Typar’s patented “meltshot” technology that adds an integrated layer of fibers to create an effective drainage gap to channel wind-driven rain and bulk water away from the structure. DrainableWrap Commercial can be installed as part of the Typar Weather Protection System, which encompasses the company’s full line of high-performance house wraps, tapes and accessories. When installed together, the complete system is covered by a lifetime limited warranty that includes materials and labor.


Qwel Designer Acoustic Tiles

New from Genesis Products, Qwel Designer Acoustic Tiles offer a variety of molded and flat tile designs to create architecturally distinctive, acoustically-aware environments. Available in six designer styles featuring edges, drops, and curves, Qwel tiles can be mixed and matched to achieve unique designs. Flat tiles are easy to cut and shape, while molded tiles add three-dimensional visuals, such as a Linear Wave. Colors include Black, White, Charcoal and Light Gray as well as special order custom colors, shapes, and sizes. According to the manufacturer, Qwel tiles reduce unwanted noise by .75 NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) and up, i.e. 75% of sound in the space is absorbed, while the other 25% is reflected. This delivers improved clarity of sound to enable focus, learning, productivity and enjoyment. The washable Qwel tiles are made from 100% nonwoven PET fibers and contain up to 50% recycled materials, are compatible with existing grid systems, and are reported to be dust and shakeout-free, stain-, mold- and mildew-resistant and feature a Class A rating for fire and smoke.


KEEN Utility Davenport Boot

KEEN Utility’s recently released medium-duty Davenport insulated work boot is designed to take on extreme environments. The boot features 400 grams of KEEN.WARM insulation and a KEEN.DRY breathable waterproof membrane, and KEEN.POLAR TRACTION micro-glass fiber cleats that KEEN says increases traction in winter conditions. The TPU shank for midfoot support, dual-density EVA footbed, and PU midsole work together to enhance the boot’s overall comfort. Additional features include left and right asymmetrical composite toes, oil- and slip-resistant rubber outsoles, and 100% non metallic construction.


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