PRODUCT PICKS: January 2017

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

Accoya Acetylated Wood Decking
Accoya Acetylated Woood Decking
Designed to perform in all weather conditions in both commercial and residential decking applications, Accoya is suggested for areas where durability and low maintenance are important considerations. Accoya wood is manufactured using Accsys Technologies’ proprietary acetylation process to create a nontoxic wood product that boasts a 50-year aboveground and 25-year below-ground warranty. Accoya wood is engineered to stay flat and is said to not warp, split, swell or be affected by fungi, water uptake or rot. Said to reduce swelling and shrinkage more than 75%, Accoya wood materials are sourced from FSC-certified forests.

Real Series by Gossen
Reàl Series by Gossen
Gossen’s Reàl series is designed to unite the authentic look of exotic hardwoods with the performance of cellular PVC. With the Reàl series, the color option of Brazilian Ipe is now available in tongue and groove porch board. Reàl’s lightweight PVC is said to make installation easier with no need to predrill or finish. Reàl’s surface technology has been developed to protect its color without the need for annual oil treatments. The boards are designed to be used on a covered porch or in full sun. The cellular PVC product is said to not rot or break down over time. The 3-1/2″ boards are installed so that there are no gaps, which is said to provide a smoother, more durable flooring. Covered by a lifetime warranty.

Exterior/Deck Screws from SPAX
Exterior/Deck Screws from SPAX™
The new SPAX Exterior/Deck Screw features the new SPAX HCR-X™ Coating System which has been developed to provide increased corrosion resistance when installed in treated wood, and has been tested in exterior, coastal construction environments. The patented SPAX thread technology and T-STAR plus recess are designed to provide faster and easier installation with no pre-drilling required. The patented MULTIhead design has been developed to facilitate a flush or countersunk installation in wood. SPAX Exterior Deck Screws are available in a selection of sizes and are sold in 1 lb. and 5 lb. package quantities.

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QuickStep Outdoor Stair System from Regal Ideas
QuickStep Outdoor Stair System from Regal Ideas
Aiming to eliminate the need to cut wood stair stringers and try to figure out the rise and run, the QuickStep Outdoor Stair system is designed to solve a problem commonly faced by homeowners and contractors. The QuickStep’s stringers are made of 100% pure aluminum and powder-coated with a premium UV resistant finish developed to prevent rotting wood or corroding outdoor staircases. The stair treads are made from a S-glass formulation that is designed to be stronger, more durable and to provide resistance to water and flame. Combined, stair stringers and stair treads span 36″ on center with a 4,400-pound weight capacity per step. Regal Ideas’ Connector Kit joins any two stringers together to create up to a 14-step continuous stair. Available in black, white and bronze.

UltraLox Lox8 Aluminum Railing Fabricator
UltraLox™ Lox8 Aluminum Railing Fabricator
UltraLox’s new LOX8 Interlocking™ machine is designed to have a smaller footprint with a single 8′ pallet rack of product, which will convert to 3,500 lineal feet of finished railing, and only requires 20 square feet of space. The LOX8 is targeted to builders who build 50 or more decks per year. By fabricating railings in-house, the contractor is said to able to reduce aluminum railing costs by 50%, reduce time on the jobsite and control lead times. UltraLox is expanding its dealer base of large-volume deck builders, building product distributors, and fence companies throughout the U.S. and Canada.

CertainTeed QuickSpan Locking Drywall Ceiling Grid System
CertainTeed© QuickSpan™ Locking Drywall Ceiling Grid System
A new ceiling grid solution from CertainTeed is designed to simplify and expedite installation of drywall ceilings. QuickSpan’s locking system features solid cross tees that audibly lock into place for a positive lock, comprised of heavy-duty material designed for maximum rigidity and screw grip. The locking channels include pre-engineered locking tabs spaced every 8″ on center, allowing tees to twist and click into place. Available in standard and custom lengths.

Armadillo Impressions Deck Boards
Armadillo Impressions Deck Boards
Armadillo’s new Impressions line of composite deck boards features a hand-scraped texture and is available in three colors: Java, Palomino, and Night Fall. Like original Armadillo Deck Boards, the new Impressions line is fully wrapped with a cap-stock coating, and is designed to be fade- and stain-resistant. Made of 100% recycled materials, Impressions Deck Boards are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Starlight Designer Series from AGS Stainless
Starlight Designer Series from AGS Stainless
AGS Stainless has unveiled a new group of decorative design patterns for its line of solar-powered LED lights. The Starlight Designer Series lights do not require any wiring. The stainless steel housing features laseretched patterns ranging in style from craftsman to modern, with available in-stock finishes in brushed stainless steel and stainless steel powdercoated black. Custom colors are available upon request. Designed to be used in either residential or commercial spaces, Starlights feature an open bottom designed for a down-lighting effect that’s powered by a rechargeable AAA NiMh battery that replenishes itself during daylight hours via a 1-1/2″ x 3″ angled solar panel. Starlights produce 5 to 6 lumens of light for up to 10 hours.

New Composite Decking from TAMKO
New Composite Decking from TAMKO
TAMKO has expanded its Envision line of capped deck boards by introducing a line of solid color boards, Envision Expression, and renaming the current Envision Bold variegated board Envision Distinction. Envision Expression is designed to complement the Envision Distinction multi-colored board by offering four solid colors including three hues of brown and gray. TAMKO’s new composite colors are a result of a survey of more than 300 key customers including distributors, dealers and contractors.

Milwaukee Tool's Wireless Jobsite Speaker
Milwaukee Tool’s Wireless Jobsite Speaker
The new jobsite speaker from Milwaukee Tool runs on the company’s M18™ and M12™ battery systems and is designed with six full-range speakers. Bluetooth capabilities allow streaming from 100′ away with any Bluetooth enabled electronic device. The speaker is said to stream music for up to 16 hours on a charged M18 REDLITHIUM Battery, or 8.5 hours on a M12 REDLITHUIM Battery. The speaker can also be run off AC power. Weighing less than six pounds, the speaker contains an integrated USB port for charging most portable electronics.

Drain-N-Dry Lath from Boral
Drain-N-Dry™ Lath from Boral©
Boral USA’s new Drain-N-Dry Lath is designed to combine a reinforcing lath and a rainscreen that replaces the need for a secondary water resistive barrier. Available in 150 square-foot rolls, the lath was developed to allow builders to cover large portions of a wall with a single step, therefore reducing the likelihood of water infiltration. The built-in rainscreen allows moisture to drain and dry, minimizing the risk of mold, rot and the potential for structural damage. Drain- N-Dry can be cut and modified with a utility knife or scissors and banded with a fastener every 6″. A built-in self-furring feature is designed to ensure proper mortar embedment and scratch coat thickness.

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