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Product Picks: February 2024

Versetta Stone Accessories

Westlake Royal Building Products is expanding its Versetta Stone siding line with a new Large Light Box and new accessory colors. The accessory expansion includes new Large Light Boxes, measuring 9.5″ x 15″. The new size provides a finished look behind sconces at the home’s front entryway, garage, and rear entry, and it is available in Charcoal, Stone Grey, and Taupe. In addition, three existing accessories have new color options: Trim Stone (also shown here) is now available in Stone Grey as well as Taupe and Charcoal. The Trim Stone measures 36″ x 9-1/2″ and has an 8.2″ exposure. Starter Strips also are available in Stone Grey in addition to Taupe and Charcoal, and they come in 10′ lengths, install with mechanical fasteners, and have built-in weep holes for drainage. J-Channel offerings now include Charcoal and Stone Grey as well as Taupe. J-Channel comes in 10′ lengths.

Trex Cable and Glass Railing Systems

Trex’s new X-Series Cable Rail and X-Series Frameless Glass Rail are the newest additions to the Trex Signature railing lineup. Delivering a modern, streamlined profile, this new series is anchored by the X-Series Post, which can be configured to accommodate either cable or glass infill. Sold in kits, Trex Signature X-Series Cable Rail (shown) features spring loaded cables for optimal tension management. Trex Signature X-Series Frameless Glass Rail is sold in a one-size-fits-all infill kit. Like all Trex Signature railing options, the new X Series offerings are crafted with premium-grade aluminum, while a durable powder-coated surface allows the railing to retain its color and resist corrosion, and they’re backed by a 25-year limited residential warranty.


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Mantis Forklift

Frendix USA has launched its Mantis, the world’s first rough terrain, self-loading portable forklift designed with large power-driven rubber wheels that allow one operator to transport up to 2,200-pound loads across challenging terrains. Developed for efficient fleet deliveries in any condition, Frendix says the Mantis provides efficient, safe, and agile handling in diverse environments, including construction sites, facilities with pitted pavement, challenging urban landscapes, and more. Mantis lifts both its load and itself into and out of delivery vehicles, eliminating the need for additional equipment. AGM batteries guarantee ample power and consistent operation. Safety features such as proximity sensors, overload sensors, and emergency shutoff enhance driver and fleet safety. When not in use, Mantis stores within the delivery vehicle, optimizing space and ensuring efficiency.


Provia Thin Brick

A new profile available in four colors, ProVia Thin Brick manufactured stone embodies the texture, characteristics, and appearance of authentic brickwork. The product is crafted using high-quality cement, shale aggregates and pigments, blended and placed into handcrafted molds. The profile is less than an inch thick and incorporates the sharp corners and shadowy undercuts that are hallmarks of vintage brickwork. The color palette includes Boston, a baked rust and flash-fired brown hue; Cobblestone, a blend of ashen white, pewter gray and sepia; Delaware, an alabaster white infused with cool gray tones; and Midnight, a smoky dark gray with a hint of inky blue.

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Series 9G Glass Railing

Superior Aluminum introduces glass railing for a clear view with a low-maintenance frame. The new Series 9G glass railing provide a high-end, modern look without impeding the view. It features a code-complaint, affordable design with no clips or fasteners, and tempered and laminated glass. The low-maintenance aluminum frame provides a cost effective alternative to traditional stainless steel, and the square frames, caps and bases come in six different finishes, including black, white, dark bronze, sandstone, gray, and satin anodized. According to the manufacturer, Series 9G installs faster and provides a cleaner look. Easy installation allows contractors to knock items off their punch list quickly. In addition to Series 9G glass railings, Superior Aluminum Products also offers a full lineup of aluminum railing styles, including cable, pipe, and picket, to suit individual tastes and preferences, and all are available through a nationwide distribution network.


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Qwel Designer Acoustic Wall Tiles

Genesis Products launches Qwel Designer Acoustic Wall Tiles, giving designers a complete, acoustic solution for walls and ceilings all made from sustainable PET to naturally manage sound. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, Qwel wall tiles can be mixed and matched to achieve elegantly unique designs, and they’re reported to be easy to install with an easy peel-and-stick design. Qwel wall tiles are constructed from 100% non-woven PET fibers and up to 50% recycled materials. The tiles provide acoustic performance without chemical after-treatments and are 100% recyclable. In addition, the washable tiles are dust and shakeout-free, stain-, mold- and mildew-resistant and feature a Class A rating for fire and smoke. Simple tools such as a measuring tape, utility knife, straight edge, level, pencil, and a roller for applying pressure are all that is typically needed for installation, and the peel and stick adhesive works on any clean, dry substrate.


Distinction Capped Decking

Envision Outdoor Living Products recently introduced three composite decking colors featuring its new Cool Tread Technology that the manufacturer says is up to 25% cooler with 25% better traction and 61% less moisture absorption than average leading competitors. The three new coastal-inspired colors comprise Nantucket Shore, with warm grey hues; Hampton Dunes, a blend of sandy tones; and Seaside Pier (shown), a greige color that mimics the shades found in a weathered boardwalk.



Titebond has introduced a new highperformance sealant—TiteShield—that provides a weatherproof shield against the elements. According to Titebond, TiteShield is a multipurpose, elastomeric sealant for sealing windows, doors, siding and trim and can be used in most construction and repair applications. It gives construction professionals the features they want in a sealant: versatility, joint movement capability of ±50%, the ability to fill gaps up to two inches, quick paintability, and long-term durability. This new Titebond sealant is suitable for interior or exterior use and can be painted with latex paint in two to four hours after application. The non-stringy formula will not sag or drool and can be applied in a wide range of temperatures, from 40˚F to 120˚F. In addition to its ability to expand or contract up to 50% of the joint size, it will remain flexible; this sealant will not crack or turn brittle with age. Although paintable, TiteShield is available in eight colors, plus clear.


Avian AG Thermal Camera

Early fire prevention and reduced downtime are the core of Avian’s mission. The company’s Swiss-engineered thermal cameras spot anomalies in environments such as sawmills and carpentries before they escalate, thus saving money and ensuring the facility stays up and running. According to Avian AG, it works directly with its customers’ insurance providers to reduce their premiums through extensive data analytics. Installation is easy, with no need for complex servers on site thanks to cloud-based monitoring system, and the company’s AI-powered predictive maintenance algorithms spot problem areas ahead of time, ensuring consistent operations and safeguarding assets.


Apex Fortified Lumber

Industrial Wood Technology (IWT) now offers Apex Fortified Lumber, its new thermally modified lumber product that is reported to be stronger, lighter, and more stable than treated lumber and other lumber products, while still being resistant to rot and decay. According to the manufacturer, Apex has all the benefits of pressure treated lumber with none of the chemicals. The thermal modification process used by IWT removes all the attractants and nutrition sources that allow mold, insects, and other organisms to grow on and cause the decay of normal lumber. Along with trailer decking, IWT plans to produce residential and commercial decking, siding and trim products under the Apex product line.


Athens Boot Collection

Combining comfort and rugged features, the Athens collection from Georgia Boot provides multiple footwear options. The Athens Superlyte Waterproof pull-on work boot features a moc-toe profile with high-performance Carbo-Tec Rubber outsole and lightweight cement construction. The Athens Pull-On Work Boot features leather pull loops and a rear zipper making it easy to get on, while the polyurethane footbed has a layer of memory foam that hugs the foot and provides a soft, customizable fit. The Athens Chelsea boot is made from a supple full-grain leather and also includes elastic twin gores. The twin gores make the boot easy to slip on and take off. If you work in environments where rain or water is prevalent, these boots have you covered.

Ceilume Ceiling Tiles and Panels

Ceilume 3-dimensional thermoformed tiles and panels for suspended grid ceilings are available in 40 patterns (both traditional and contemporary) to complement virtually any architectural style, in 16 colors and finishes including faux woods, metallics, and Tranluminous materials for creating luminous ceilings. They provide acoustic control up to NRC 0.85 in a dropped ceiling with the addition of Soniguard insulation, are sized to fit standard T-bar grids, and can also be adhered directly to hard substrates like ceilings and walls. Ceilume tiles are stain-resistant, do not support mold growth, and meet FEMA standards for use in flood-prone locations. A sustainable product, they are Greenguard Gold certified for indoor air quality, recyclable, and available with up 100% recycled materials.


Demo Demon Framing/Demolition Saw Blade

According to Diablo Tools, its new Demo Demon Next Generation Ultimate Framing/Demolition saw blade is designed to deliver ultimate performance in today’s evolving jobsites. Diablo’s Demo Demon Next Generation Ultimate Framing/Demolition saw blade features a new, specially-formulated Optimized Dura-Blend Carbide that combines micron carbide with hi-cobalt content, helping it reportedly withstand even the most extreme cuts while also offering up to 15 times the cutting life of standard blades. The Demo Demon’s new nano grind tooth design is also claimed to be the most technologically advanced on the market, introducing a triple-grind, Chamfer Alternate Top Bevel (ATB) tooth geometry for ultimate tracking control that ensures a finer-quality cut and longer  blade life.


Metal Workshop Storage System

DeWalt’s new Metal Workshop Storage System is an integrated storage solution for power tools, hand tools, outdoor equipment, stick tools, and power tool accessories. The line consists of metal tool storage chests and cabinets as well as 25 new workshop accessories (sold separately) utilizing a heavy-duty metal rail as the centerpiece of the platform. The chests and cabinets are built with heavy-gauge steel and feature full-extension, soft-close, ball-bearing drawers. Chests include an integrated 15-amp max load power strip with six power outlets and two USB ports for convenient charging of mobile devices and DeWalt power tools. The drawers are designed with an internal keyed lock and are lined with anti slip mats. The system’s steel rail can be mounted to DeWalt metal chests, cabinets and workbenches, or directly to walls.

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