Product Picks: August 2020

Each month, hundreds of products hit the market. Here’s our pick of the ones to watch.

Envision Ridge Premium collection

Featuring a new fluted profile with the same EverGrain Core as its other composite decking collections, and a high-density cap, Envision has introduced a new collection, Ridge Premium. Ridge Premium is available in three colors: Black Walnut, Vintage Oak, and 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 than other fluted boards. Deck boards are installed with 16″ joist spans and 8″ stair stringer spans. Coordinating skirting and riser available, as well as color matched screws. Backed by a 25-year residential and 10-year commercial warranty. envisiondecking.com

 

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DuPont Tyvek Roof Protector

DuPont’s new Roof Protector under the Tyvek brand is designed to provide a cooler surface for builders and roofing contractors. In addition to a color change, the new product is engineered for safe working conditions with a wrinkle-free and slip-resistant surface to allow for better traction. The Tyvek Roof Protector is said to hold chalk lines with increased visibility, and is designed to protect roof decks from wind and water. According to the manufacturer, the product is much less prone to wind pull-up and tearing at fastener points during installation, and is designed to lay flat. The engineered synthetic roofing underlayment is said to have a high strength-to-weight ratio and is UV resistant for up to three months. The product is covered by a 20-year limited replacement warranty. dupont.com

 

LP Elements Performance Fencing

LP has introduced the new 76 Series to its LP Elements Performance Fencing portfolio. The LP Elements 76 Series features narrower pickets, is available in flat top or dog ear styles, and can come primed, ready to paint by the installer. Finished 76 Series pickets are available in four colors: Mojave Ridge, Carolina Cedar, Key Largo Surf, and Portland Storm. LP Elements Performance Fencing is an engineered wood fencing solution designed to stand stronger and last longer than typical softwood alternatives. According to the manufacturer,
the premium fencing won’t twist, crack, or warp. The fencing is tested against winds exceeding 200 MPH, and meets Miami-Dade and Broward County wind load requirements, LP says. All LP Elements fencing engineered wood pickets are protected by a proprietary zinc borate-based process and eligible for a 10-year limited warranty. lpcorp.com/fence

 

DAP Fast Dry Premium Spackling

Developed specifically for large drywall repairs, DAP Fast Dry Premium Spackling is a professional-grade spackling compound that is said to allow users to finish substantial drywall repair projects eight times faster when compared to using other heavyweight spackling compounds. The smooth, one-strike application is designed to be paint ready in as little as just 15 minutes. The spackling’s can be sanded after an hour for an even and blemish-free finish, the manufacturer says. The ready-to-use formula is also said to be low-odor, with easy water cleanup, and can be used for indoor and outdoor repairs. DAP Fast Dry Premium Spackling is available to be sold in pint and quart containers. dap.com

 

S-W PRO mobile app from Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams now offers a project bidding tool through the S-W PRO mobile app to help users capture job details and deliver bids to customers. The new feature is designed to allow painting contractors to enter project details within the Project Bids feature in the S-W PRO mobile app, including but not limited to client information, what interior and/or exterior areas are being painted and what type of coating will be used. Then, contractors have the ability to price the work by the hour, the square foot, linear foot, or by the item. Recorded details are converted to a professional bid that is emailed to prospective customers. Users can create and reference bids from anywhere; record job details and pricing in a flexible and semi-guided workflow; refer to past bids as templates for similar jobs; and recommend products from the Sherwin-Williams catalog to the bid. Available in both English and Spanish. s-w.com/pro

 

REHAU has launched its new REHAU Attivo hardware program, including the
European-made Kovinoplastika Lož Hardware ARXspin line, throughout the United States. The window and door hardware range is manufactured using the ARXCoat hot-dip galvanizing process. The product range being offered in North America through the new REHAU Attivo hardware program includes REHAU branded components for window and balcony door configurations that can support up to 287 lbs of sash weight and up to 94.5″ sash height. Options for rollers and locking cams provide different levels of security. Handles and cover caps are available in eight standard colors. na.rehau.com

 

MAX USA Corp.’s TwinTier RB401T-E

MAX USA Corp. has launched what it calls the world’s first stand-up, battery-powered rebar tying tool, the TwinTier RB401T-E. The RB401T-E is designed to reduce back strain when tying rebar for concrete slabs. The RB401T-E’s extended frame is designed to allow iron-workers to tie rebar while standing upright. The tool’s automatic contact mechanism/switch forms a tie when pushed down over a rebar intersection. There is no trigger to pull. Users can adjust the handles to two positions, and the long nose attachment is designed to help the tool glide into rebar intersections with minimal effort from the operator. The RB401T-E uses the same battery and TW1061T tie wire as the RB441T and RB611T handheld TwinTiers. TW1061T tie wire is available in black steel, poly-coated, electro-galvanized, stainless steel, and buy American options. maxusacorp.com

 

Simpson Strong-Tie’s mass timber line

Simpson Strong-Tie has launched an offering of code-approved connectors and fasteners to serve the growing North American mass timber construction market. Simpson Strong-Tie’s mass timber fasteners and connectors are designed for cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction, and will be offered through an established national network of construction
suppliers. Key products launching under the Simpson Strong-Tie mass timber collection include: The Strong-Drive SDWS Timber structural wood screw; the Strong-Drive SDCF Timber-CF screw; the Strong-Drive SDCP Timber-CP screw; The Strong-Drive SDHR Combo-Head screw; and The CBH Concealed Beam Hanger. go.strongtie.com/masstimber

 

FastenMaster FrameFAST’s new Plate to Rim Head

FastenMaster has introduced the new Plate to Rim Head attachment for the FrameFAST Framing System, designed to create a faster connection between the top and bottom plate and rimboards. The FrameFAST system consists of both the structural wood screw and the FrameFAST tool. One tool, now with three interchangeable heads, is engineered to provide consistently accurate installation along with increased speed and safety, the manufacturer says. Allowing the worker to stand safely on the floor, FrameFAST eliminates the need for ladders and pneumatic nailers. The Plate to Rim Head is now available as an add-on accessory and is compatible with all FrameFAST tools. fastenmaster.com

 

My Tando Home Creator visualization tool from Tando

Tando has rolled out a new technology within its My Tando Home Creator—a free online tool that enable users to visualize home updates using TandoStone, Beach House Shake, and TandoShake. My Tando Home Creator’s new user experience has been designed to offer improved usability, increased performance, the QuickView tool for faster and easier visualization, along with professional design services including a new 3D measurement tool. No software download is required, and because of the integration of Google Street View, contractors and dealers can use the tool to bid on projects without visiting a home. My Tando Home Creator also features access to optional professional design services including 3D modeling and project measurements to provide accurate material takeoffs. My Tando Home Creator operates on iPad, iPhone, Android, and desktop/laptop. tandobp.com

 

ICC-approved Sturdi-Wall brackets

Perma-Column’s Sturdi-Wall and Sturdi-Wall Plus brackets for post-frame construction, have been certified by the International Code Council. Sturdi-Wall brackets are a heavy duty anchor system used for new construction, post repair, renovations, and more. Sturdi-Wall and Sturdi-Wall Plus brackets connect post-frame structures to traditional concrete foundations such as monolithic slabs, formed walls, and existing concrete pads. They can be paired with foundations already poured or while concrete is still wet. Sturdi-Wall brackets are constructed of 100% American-made 1/4″ steel, robotically welded, and finished with a tough powder coat. All brackets are finished with a EpoxZi Shield coat designed to prevent corrosion, and resist UV damage. permacolumn.com

 

Bosch ‘HELL-ION’ Turbo Charger with Power Boost

The new 18V connected-ready lithium-Ion 16 Amp Battery Turbo Charger with Power Boost is said to repower CORE18V 8.0Ah batteries from 0 to 50% in 15 minutes or to 80% in 26 minutes. It is compatible with Bosch 18V lithium-ion batteries. The new charger can connect via Bluetooth Connectivity Module (GCY42 sold separately) to a smart device to enable more control over charging preferences and allow the user to monitor charging levels and status. Two additional charging functions—Max Lifetime and Storage modes—are available through Bosch’s Toolbox App, developed to help pros get the most out of each battery’s lifetime. With the help of the connectivity module, a user has the option to stay notified and informed on all charging activities. boschtools.com

 

EastCoast Gold stock boards

The new EastCoast Gold boards from EastCoast Mouldings are said to be dried slow, sawn straight, and milled smooth, featuring a V-Groove on one side and an edge and center bead on the other. At 9/16″ thick, the low-profile design was developed to allow builders to complete multiple looks with one board. EastCoast Gold boards are made from clear yellow
pine with a natural finish. The 1×6 boards are available in 8′, 10′, 12′, 14′ and 16′ lengths. Each bundle of EastCoast Gold is shrink-wrapped for jobsite protection. eastcoastmouldings.com

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