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Product Picks: January 2024

High-Capacity, Load-Rated Concealed Beam Hanger

Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the HSKP heavy seated knife plate, a new high-capacity, welded concealed beam hanger for mass timber structures designed to meet heavy loads while providing a hidden-connector, wood-only design aesthetic. Engineered specifically to meet some of the heaviest mass timber beam loads, the HSKP is a code-listed connector that can accommodate larger mass timber beams while still providing a strong, secure wood-to-wood or wood-to-steel connection. Installed in the factory with Strong-Drive SDCF Timber-CF structural screws, the HSKP is reported to provide valuable time savings on the jobsite, and offers generous fit-up tolerance for easy beam placement. The HSKP is code listed for high-capacity loads up to 32 kips, and is ideal for a range of heavy beam applications where loads range from 20 to 32 kips.


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Westlake Royal Window Solutions for Energy Star 7.0 Standards

New requirements for Energy Star-rated windows have now gone into effect, and Westlake Royal Window Solutions (Westlake Royal Windows) is offering a range of options across all three of its window collections. Under the Energy Star Version 7.0 Residential Windows, Doors, and Skylights Final Specification, windows, doors, and skylights must meet higher benchmarks of energy efficiency to earn the Energy Star certification and label. This includes more stringent requirements for U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient ratings in each of the four Energy Star climate zones. Westlake Royal Windows now offers several window and sliding glass door products that meet the new Energy Star 7.0 requirements in the Southern, South-Central, and North-Central climate zones in which the company’s windows are sold. Qualifying products are available within all three of Westlake’s window collections—Magnolia, Krestmark, and Legacy—and in standard, impact-resistant, and STC (Sound Transmission Class) grades.

Orion II Cable Railing System

Atlantis Rail Systems has launched a new cable railing system featuring a powder-coated aluminum framework combined with horizontal stainless steel infill. Dubbed the Orion II System, the framework is made up of 3″ x 3″ posts, a standard bottom rail, and a flat continuous top rail. The cable infill consists of HandiSwage fittings and 1/8″ cable. According to the manufacturer, Atlantis Rail Systems presents a cable railing system with a simple design that allows installers to handle a variety of rail transitions using a small set of adaptive rail fittings.

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Tempo Series Cabinets

Wolf Home Products has launched its Tempo Series cabinetry line. Part of the Builders Mark line, the series is available in four popular finish options: White Paint, Pewter Paint, Grey Stain, and Dark Sable Stain. The Tempo Series features include standard overlay mortise and tenon doors, high-density fiberboard drawer front and door with recessed medium density fiberboard center panels for paint finishes, maple drawer fronts and door with recessed veneer center panels for stain finishes, 3/8″ furniture board sides, top and bottom with 1/2″ bullnosed medium-density fiberboard shelves, side-mounted epoxy drawer guides, and six-way adjustable, self-close hinges.

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Personalized Project Management

When you have decided to invest in and implement a new ERP system, CloudPMServices (cPMs) provides project management along with help in software selection, implementation, and support. According to the company, it has decades of experience in LBMH retailing, and it offers consulting services to help LBM dealers decide what software package that is right for their company’s needs and to keep them on track to meet critical targets.


TiteGrab Plus Construction Adhesive

New from Titebond, TiteGrab Plus construction adhesive is reported to instantly grab and hold even heavy building materials on vertical surfaces, significantly reducing installation time and can reduce or eliminate the need for bracing, mechanical fasteners or mortar. According to Titebond, the advanced polymer formula ultimately achieves a durable, strong bond to porous and non-porous materials, for both interior and exterior projects. The cartridges work in any regular caulk gun, and the construction pro need only apply a 2.5″ line of adhesive per pound of material. It allow material to be repositioned for up to 10 minutes, and the advanced polymer formulation can be applied in wet and cold conditions; it is waterproof, will not freeze, and has a low VOC content.



Camo Wedge and Wedgemetal Universal Deck Clip

New from National Nail’s Camo brand, the Wedge and Wedgemetal universal deck clips are designed to fit any board in any deck pattern. The clips, for use on grooved composite, PVC, and hardwood deck boards, are reported to stay in the deck board’s groove until you’re ready to fasten (for one-handed installation), universally fit in all deck board brands, have the ability to install in any deck pattern, and the pre-assembled clips mean one-pass fastening. Warranted for use with Trex, TimberTech by AZEK, Fiberon, MoistureSheild, Deckorators, and other leading brands.


Fischer Undercut Anchor FSU

The fischer Group of Companies has launched its new undercut anchor FSU for fastenings in concrete when a particularly high load and safety level is required. In addition to its performance characteristics, the new anchor offers added advantages through secure and convenient installation thanks to self-undercutting. As well, the FSU anchor is the company’s first product to feature an integrated DMC (Data Matrix Code) to identify and read product data. It is made for heavy-duty fixings to anchor steel structures, heavy pipe systems and industrial machines as well as many other indoor fixtures and attachment parts in cracked and non-cracked concrete.


XCEED Cellular PVC Lap Siding

Versatex has just introduced XCEED Lap Siding, an advanced cellular PVC cladding for residential construction and remodeling. Available in 16′ lengths to minimize butt joints, the panels are produced to guarantee 16″ OC spacing at butt joints. A unique, self-leveling feature, VZ Drop-Lock is claimed to maintain a level line course to course, and a heat resistant acrylic capstock that minimizes fade while ensuring color hold. XCEED comes with a realistic woodgrain surface texture in traditional white or a selection of fade-resistant colors: Sequoia Green, Heritage Blue, Mojave Tan, Monument Gray and Centennial Stone, and it’s backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

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