Product Picks: January 2020

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

 

MoistureShield’s Elevate capped wood composite decking

MoistureShield has unveiled Elevate, designed with advanced protection for an entry-level budget. Elevate capped wood composite decking features a protective cap formulated to shield each board from impact, corrosion and harsh weather. Elevate is available in two colors: Lake Fog is a soft gray shade, while Canoe is forest brown. Elevate 5/4 deck boards are available in 12′ and 16′ lengths in grooved profiles (for hidden fasteners) and 20′ lengths with a solid edge for deck stairs and picture framing, as well as fascia boards in 12′ lengths. Elevate decking is fully protected by a limited lifetime structural warranty for residential, as well as a residential 30-year limited lifetime fade and stain warranty. Elevate will be available in select markets for the initial launch, with plans for a broader roll-out in 2020. moistureshield.com

 

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PROLinx Building Wrap

PROLinx Building Wrap is a weather barrier that offers four different choices of building wrap options. Broadcast printing is available, which allows for alternating images and flexible order sizes as small as 13 rolls. PROLinx Building Wrap also offers WRAPLAB, a website allowing customers to create and visualize their next building wrap project. PROLinx Building Wrap is rated for commercial projects. It meets applicable building codes for weather resistant barriers. In 2020, PROLinx Building Wrap will offer a system warranty that will include their PROLinx Building Wrap, PROLinx Tape and PROLinx Flashing. bluelinxco.com

 

Alside’s Trimworks with SwiftLock technology

Alside’s new decorative window accents are said to reduce installation time by 20 to 40 minutes per window. Designed for the Mezzo Full-Frame Replacement System, Alside’s Trimworks with SwiftLock technology reduces waste materials and eliminates the need for special equipment, training or cutting skills to trim a window. More windows can be installed per day, the company says, which means increased profitability for the contractor. Depending on the desired look, installation time can be reduced between three to seven hours for every 10 windows installed. This system features a variety of designs from traditional to contemporary to enhance a home’s exterior, including: Brickmould (1.5″ and 3/4″ sizes); 3.5″ Flat Casing (available 4-sided or with bullnose sill); Flushmount (for masonry openings). In addition, Mezzo comes with a lifetime limited warranty and is available in 13 color options, which feature a polyurethane coating technology with heat-reflective pigments. alside.com/mezzo

Simpson Strong-Tie WSV Subfloor Screws

Simpson Strong-Tie’s new line of Strong-Drive WSV Subfloor screws are designed to reduce driving torque, increase installation speed, and nearly eradicate the squeaking caused by poorly fastened subfloor sheathing. Re-engineered from head to point, Strong-Drive WSV Subfloor screws are engineered with a ribbed head design that countersinks screws for a clean, finished appearance and a variable thread to ease driving torque and speed fastening jobs when used with the Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving system. Available in 1-3/4″, 2″, 2-1/2″, and 3″ lengths, Strong-Drive WSV Subfloor screws have a yellow zinc coating for interior applications and are the only fasteners to be dual-evaluated per ICC-ES AC233 and ICC-ES AC120. go.strongtie.com/quikstik

 

Henry Blueskin VP100

Henry Blueskin VP100 is designed to deliver next-generation air and water barrier protection for wood- framed residential and multi-family construction. Engineered to eliminate water and moisture intrusion while allowing walls to breathe, Blueskin VP100 is a self-adhered, vapor permeable, water-resistive air barrier membrane that can be used with most cladding materials when installed as part of a code compliant assembly. Installation of Blueskin VP100 can contribute up to 50% energy savings, according to the manufacturer. Combining an engineered film and a patented, permeable adhesive technology with split-back poly-release film, Blueskin VP100 is suitable for both new construction and re-siding projects. henry.com

 

PUReWall by Hunter Panels

PUReWall residential wall assemblies are engineered to offer panelizers the components and technology to create a highly energy-efficient, total wall solution for builders. With a combination of Hunter Panels’ proprietary PW-CG polyiso and PW-STR structural foam, the panels provide increased R-values compared to traditional stick-framing and insulation solutions, the manufacturer says. As an added benefit, the system’s polyiso CI and taped joints are designed to eliminate the need for house wrap by allowing the wall to function as a weather, air and vapor resistant barrier. The PUReWall framing, insulation, and structural foam are all applied in the panelization facility and shipped installation-ready to the jobsite. hunterpanels.com/purewall

 

Kapro Tools 705 Eagle contractor box level

The new 705 Eagle contractor box level is the latest addition to Kapro’s line of OPTIVISION Red leveling products. The level is specially engineered for concrete and masonry applications, because of its continuous surfaces on the top and bottom of the level. The level’s solid and smooth frame is designed to minimalize areas where cement and concrete can build-up, making it easy to clean. The 705 Eagle’s center vial features gradient lines for slope measurements of 1%, 1.5%, and 2%. These gradient lines on the level are engraved inside the vial, so they will not rub or fade, the company says. Kapro’s patented OPTIVISION Red vials feature easy-to- read bubbles designed to be effective in extreme lighting conditions such as bright light and even direct sunlight as well as low light environments. The 705 is also UV- resistant and comes with a lifetime warranty. kapro.com

 

Boral TruExterior in reversible Shiplap-Nickel Gap

Boral Building Products is adding a reversible Shiplap-Nickel Gap siding profile to its TruExterior Siding & Trim poly-ash line. The new profile comes in two formats: one features smooth Nickel Gap on one side and wood-grain Shiplap on the other; the second has wood-grain Nickel Gap on one side and smooth Shiplap on the other. The reversible format combines with four different widths and two standard  lengths for 16 profile combinations. Like all TruExterior Siding, the new profile is made with Boral’s proprietary blend of polymers and fly ash, which is engineered to provide for a high level of dimensional stability for reduced expansion and contraction, and durability for resistance to warping, cracking, and splitting. As a result, the siding requires no sealing of ends or cuts in the field, it can be used in ground-contact applications, and it can be painted any color, including dark hues. truexterior.com

 

LP SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding

LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is now available in a smooth finish. As the latest addition to the LP SmartSide line of high- performance products, LP SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding continues to offer the appearance of traditional wood, while engineered to provide the advanced durability of treated engineered wood. LP SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding is backed by a 5/50-year limited warranty and features LP’s SmartGuard manufacturing process. This process is said to help the products resist termites and fungal decay, for long-term strength and durability in a variety of weather conditions. lpcorp.com

 

Eco Wood Treatment

Eco Wood Treatment is a non-toxic wood treatment designed to prevent white rot fungi, a common cause of wood decay. The product’s non-toxic formula has been used for houses, decking, and marinas for more than 50 years and three generations of craftsmen. Now available to the public, the product is said to never need scraping or re-staining, and won’t fade or wear. Eco Wood Treatment is made of naturally-occurring plant and mineral substances and is designed to be friendly to plants, animals, and people, and can be used in direct contact with garden soil. Eco Wood Treatment works on all wood and can be applied by using a brush, roller, sprayer, or by dipping, and can be tinted to any color. ecowoodtreatment.com

 

TandoStone expanded color palette

TandoStone has introduced two new colors: Nordic Mist, part of the Tando Creek Ledgestone collection and Glacier Bay (shown), under the Stacked Stone line. Creek Ledgestone is designed to emulate the rugged look of hand-picked stone with distinct grout lines, while Stacked Stone features a dry stack profile without grout lines between the stones. Drawing from current trends, Tando developed Nordic Mist, a cool subtle gray with warm accents, and Glacier Bay, which includes an array of frosty gray hues. All TandoStone features TruGrit technology—a unique matte texture that offers a low-gloss appearance and the rough, gritty feel of real stone. Developed to be impervious to moisture, TandoStone is used for ground-level or roofline applications and can be installed in any climate. It’s also safer and easier to install as an accent on tall walls—meaning property owners never have to worry about stones falling off the wall. And TandoStone will never break which means minimal waste on every project. tandobp.com

 

Rustoleum Zinsser Cover-Stain Primer

Cover-Stain Primer is the newest member of Rust-Oleum’s Turbo Spray System. Designed to provide hiding power indoors and out, the product is developed to block stains, hide dark colors, prevent tannin bleed and seal exterior wood. It seals water, smoke and nicotine stains, sticks to all surfaces, and dries in just one hour, the company says. The high output tip sprays up to 10″ wide and four times faster than traditional aerosols, according to Rustoleum. It is available in a mega-sized 26-ounce can for medium or large priming projects. rustoleum.com

 

New Generations Slate Metal Roofing

EDCO Products has introduced its latest roofing product, Generations Slate. This new panel combines the ArrowLine Slate Roofing panel with the company’s advanced HD coating technology to produce an authentic slate appearance. Launching in early 2020, Generations Slate will be available in four high- definition colors. Manufactured with the strength of steel and a multilayered PVDF finish, Generations Slate is said to reduce energy bills without supporting mold and algae growth. Backed by a lifetime warranty. edcoproducts.com

 

Bosch Connected Control BCC50 Wi-Fi Thermostat

The new Bosch Connected Control BCC50 Wi-Fi Thermostat offers a 2.8″ color screen with five illuminated touch buttons, a minimalistic design, and voice control via Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant, enabled devices. Users can integrate smart home apps with the BCC50 to remotely turn their thermostats on and off, change the temperature, and review current conditions and settings. Alexa or Google will recognize the device by its name, which users can customize in the Bosch Connected Control smartphone app. They can also access intuitive functions such as app alerts, auto-on safety controls, and system air filter replacement reminders. The thermostat comes with a three-year limited warranty. boschheatingandcooling.com

 

DEWALT updates 60V MAX tools

DEWALT has announced upgrades to three products that were part of the original DEWALT FLEXVOLT System, debuted in 2016. The new 60V MAX FLEXVOLT 7-1/4″ Circular Saw; 60V MAX FLEXVOLT 4-1/2″- 6″ Grinder (DCG418); and 60V MAX FLEXVOLT Reciprocating Saw (DCS389) each offer increased power versus their predecessors. The upgrades to these three tools mean that the Circular Saw is up to 47% more powerful than its predecessor. The Grinder is up to 30% more powerful than its predecessor, and the Reciprocating Saw is up to 19% more powerful than its predecessor. Each tool has received increased performance via new motors, new software, and new controls. In addition, each of these tools will be available as a kit with a 9.0Ah battery. dewalt.com

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