Each month, hundreds of products hit the market. Here’s our pick of the ones to watch.
Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software
Simpson Strong-Tie has launched an enhanced online Deck Planner Software tool engineered to help deck builders and homeowners quickly and easily design their dream deck. Featuring 3D software, design guides and an in-app user tutorial, the free web-based design center is said to provide a suite of intuitive tools and resources for designing and building stronger decks. Powered by an in-app tutorial that guides users step-by-step through the custom deck design process, the software allows users to select shapes, modify dimensions and choose from various deck board and railing options. One-click toggling between 2D and 3D design modes makes it easy to view and design in different perspectives. The software also highlights the critical connections for building a strong, safe deck and recommends hardware based on any design the user customizes. When the design process is over, a full output report is generated that includes a bill of materials for all lumber, decking, railing and hardware necessary to build the deck. www.strongtie.com/deckplanner
Simulated Divided Lights Glass Options from ODL
ODL, Inc. now offers simulated divided lights (SDL) with clear and textured glass options. ODL Traditional Style SDL sits in the ODL Evolve frame, an injection molded frame that creates the frame and grille together rather than applying the grille to the glass and frame separately. The process is said to simplify installation and make the frame less likely to warp or separate from the glass over time. Available in Oak or White, the frame can be painted or stained any color. Traditional Style SDL is offered in a variety of light configurations in both clear and textured options that offer varying levels of privacy. Rain style is designed to resemble the look of a downpour running down a glass surface. Baroque offers a more moderate level of privacy through a flowing design. All configurations are available in energy efficient Low-E doorglass, which helps meet ENERGY STAR requirements.
Royal Building Products PVC Column Wraps in Sand Dune
Royal Building Products has added the color Sand Dune to its line of PVC Royal Column Wraps. Sand Dune is a neutral beige tone and is available in Traditional, Craftsman, and Contractor styles. In addition to Sand Dune, the column wraps are available in a ready-to-install white finish that can also be painted with vinyl-safe paint to complement a home’s exterior color palette. Made from cellular PVC, Royal’s Column Wraps are designed to be resistant to moisture, preventing issues found in traditional wood columns, such as warping, rotting and insect damage. Backed by a limited 25-year warranty, Royal’s Column Wraps are available in four widths to fit around 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 12×12 structural posts, and two standard lengths—8’6″ and 10′. Royal has also added a new 12’ length available in 6×6 (shown), 8×8 and 12×12 column wrap size that is available in white in all styles. The product is wrapped in a protective film that can be removed after installation. The 100% cellular PVC column wraps feature a unique “clam shell” design with three pre-assembled sides that surround the existing post, designed for a seamless appearance. The fourth side is applied to enclose the entire column.
Custom Equipment Hy-Brid Lifts
The new line of Custom Equipment Hy-Brid Lifts is divided into three series—the Push-Around Series (PA Series), Pro Series (PS Series) and Zero-Turn Series (ZT Series). The Push-Around Series, is designed to enable users to manually maneuver the units into place and hydraulically raise and lower to the desired work heights. The Pro Series includes features designed for professional trades. The PS Series lifts address specific needs of professionals working indoors in applications that require operators to work at elevated positions for prolonged periods of time, including construction and facility maintenance. The Zero-Turn Series includes the ZT-1230 and the all-new ZT-1630. The ZT Series is the most compact series in the lineup, designed for access to areas other lifts can’t reach. All Hy-Brid Lifts are USA-made with high-grade steel, and all feature non-marking tires and a low step-in height.
GRX Gloves from PrimeSource
PrimeSource Building Products now carries a new range of cut-resistant gloves under its GRX brand. The 700 Series glove, with PalmWick breathable palm technology contains a special nitrile coating designed to allow sweat and moisture to wick away through the palm of the glove. The 600 Series, with ExaGrip latex palm contains a proprietary palm coating designed to handle most abrasive tasks. The 500 Series features polyurethane palm coatings in multiple styles designed to offer an ergonomic fit in traditional cut-resistant liners. Each series is said to offer a great grip in wet, dry, and abrasive applications. Available in sizes S to XXL.
Rustic Beams from Ornamental Moulding & Millwork
Available in both Ambrosia Maple and Prefinished Gray, the 8′ hollow Rustic Beams are designed to be easy to install. Made of real wood, the U-shaped beams come with mounting plates and hardware needed for the installation. Measure, cut-to-size, affix the mounting plate and then install the beam to the plate. Introduced to complement the company’s existing line of rustic boards, mantels and mouldings, the Rustic Beams are 5″ wide and come in options of 3″ or 5″ in height. Each piece comes pre-stained and ready to install.
Oldcastle APG’s Echelon Aria Slim Stone
Oldcastle APG’s Echelon brand has introduced Aria Slim Stone full-depth veneers, designed to deliver a distinctive, modern aesthetic, increased durability, and reduced installation time. Available in five colors and four finishes, Aria Slim Stone features Alabaster, Graphite, Limestone, and Buff. Aria Slim Stone is designed to offer flexibility for interior and exterior installation and features a linear profile enabling the application of the same veneer on both facades and in corners. The 36″ long veneer design is said to offer a solution to the labor shortage by reducing installation time, while a full 3-5/8″ bed depth enhances durability, the company says. www.echelonmasonry.com
DEWALT Woodcutting Circular Saw Blades
DEWALT’s new 6-1/2″ to 8-1/4″ Woodcutting Circular Saw Blades feature a new tooth design to reduce vibration, high-density carbide teeth, and a reinforced shoulder. ToughTrack technology, a tooth design featured on the new DEWALT framing and ripping blades is engineered to deliver straight, accurate cuts over the life of the blade. The blades’ ATB+R tooth grind is designed to help clear debris from the cutting channel, allowing for tracking and straight, smooth cuts. The teeth on the blades are made of high-density tungsten carbide that helps them resist wear and provides long life. The blades come with a ToughCoat anti-stick coating to reduce friction and gumming. Optimized for use on both corded and cordless circular saws, like the DEWALT Circular Saw (DCS570). All 6-1/2″ and 7-1/4″ saws as well as combo kits that include saws will include these blades. www.dewalt.com
Alside black vinyl soffit
Alside has added a black color to its Charter Oak and D5 Punched Vinyl Soffit lines. The products are designed as a low-maintenance option for porch ceilings, overhangs or focal points where homeowners want to create high-impact appeal. Charter Oak is said to be five times more rigid than leading competitive soffit panels, according to independent testing, and spans uneven surfaces while resisting sagging over long runs. The new black color used as an accent in soffit applications is designed to mix well with existing vinyl siding standard and architectural colors. In addition, the new Charter Oak and D5 Punched Vinyl Soffit offers a lifetime transferable warranty.