Product Picks: July 2018

dekorators pro on the go

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

dekorators pro on the go

Deckorators Pro on the Go app

The new Pro on the Go app from Deckorators, a Universal Forest Products company, is available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Available for free from iTunes and Google Play, the app helps certified pros submit deck project invoices, manage rewards points and receive alerts on new Deckorators products, events and promotions. Certified pros can also quickly update their pro profiles, access product information and contact Deckorators customer service through the app. The Pro on the Go app complements the revamped Deckorators pro website at, which features an all-new rewards management page.

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ODL layered glass

Dialogue layered glass from ODL

ODL’s new Dialogue layered glass line was developed to complement a range of architectural styles and design aesthetics. Each of the six ceramic frit patterns change form and move depending on the amount of light coming through and depending upon the viewer’s vantage point. The six translucent patterns offer dynamic privacy levels which change based on light and proximity, and range from a moderate 3-5 to a high 8-9 on the privacy level scale. The glass is available in 11 sizes, nine of which are also available as severe weather glass designed specifically for hurricane-prone or high-wind areas.

LJ Smith newel caps

L.J. Smith Stair Systems metal newel caps

Two decorative metal newel caps are available to fit 3″, 3-1/4″, and 3-1/2″ square wood posts. Available in Low Sheen Black, Matte Nickel, Oil Rubbed Copper, Satin Black, and Stainless Steel, the caps are designed to enhance a variety of home styles including Contemporary, Retro, Modern and Craftsman. The newel caps are designed to match both iron and wood balusters and are available in both flat metal cap and pyramid metal cap.

Viance d-blaze

Viance D-Blaze fire retardant treated wood

Underwriters Laboratories has recently certified Viance D-Blaze Fire Resistant Treated Wood (FRTW) lumber and plywood for two-hour bearing wall assemblies. The twohour rated fire-resistant bearing wall assembly, Design No. V335, is available at UL’s Online Certifications Directory, and will allow architects and specifiers to design FRTW walls with brick, stucco, fiber cement and other approved UL exterior facings. D-Blaze fire-retardant treated wood (FRTW) is designed to be highly effective at controlling the spread of flame and smoke, increasing evacuation time and potentially reducing damages and repair costs caused by fire. Tested and listed by UL and ULC, D-Blaze FRTW meets the requirements of construction materials as set forth in all North American building codes for lumber and plywood products used in fire rated assemblies and interior applications where fire retardant construction materials are permitted and specified by building codes. Viance is a joint venture of DowDupont Inc. and Venator Materials PLC.

Versatex pvc

Colored PVC from Versatex

A collaboration between Versatex Building Products and Aqua-DIY has introduced the application of any color imaginable—even realistic woodgrain patterns—to standard white PVC components such as trim boards and mouldings. Called Aqua- DIY D100, the AquaSurTech system incorporates heat-reflective pigments and a unique, water-based vehicle that bonds with PVC at the molecular level. As a result, the finished substrate resists heat buildup, even under subtropical conditions, while the coating itself is designed not to chip or peel. Materials finished in darker shades a re said to sustain less fading than uncoated white substrates. Available with a 15-year joint Versatex/AquaSurTech warranty.


Atlantis Rail’s Spectrum Cable Railing System

Atlantis Rail has launched new colors and advances to its Spectrum Cable Railing System, including an ADA handrail mounting bracket, a reinforcing channel, and a wide mounting plate. The railings are now available in Pure White, Pebble Grey, light brown, or dark brown. The products feature pre-drilled square posts and fittings for surface or fascia mounting. Customers can also use either 5/32″ or 1/8″ cable with hand swage studs. An ADA handrail mounting bracket is also available. This bracket fits onto the Spectrum post and allows for the attachment of a handrail. Atlantis Rail’s new reinforcing channel is available in a 48″ lengths and can be cut to size to fit any project. For customers that would like a wider top rail, Atlantis Rail has developed the wide mounting plate, which is twice the width of the standard mounting plate.

MiTek project explorer

MiTek Project Explorer app

MiTek’s new Project Explorer app, designed to search for and plan outdoor projects, was built in conjunction with OZCO Building Products, which makes ornamental wood ties and structural connectors for use in decks, pergolas, benches, fences, gates, posts, gardens, planters, and more. The Project Explorer app is a free download at the Apple App Store. Professionals, DIYers, and pro-sumers can access a gallery of images of finished pergolas, pavilions, and backyard projects within the app. The project concepts are presented along with estimates of the material costs, a dealer locator, and the opportunity to share photos of selected projects.

Combi pallet truck

CombiLift pallet truck

The Combi-HC-PPT, a high-capacity powered pallet truck from CombiLift is equipped with a patented multi-position tiller arm, said to offer safer operation, maximum operator visibility, and narrow aisle performance. The tiller arm can be turned to the left or right to allow the operator to remain at the side. This design enables full visibility of the load and the forks, providing the operator greater awareness of surroundings for enhanced overall safety. With a load capacity of 11,000 lbs., and a maximum speed of 3-1/2 mph, the Combi-HC-PPT is designed to work in small operation aisles.

Milwaukee Tape Measure

Milwaukee Tool tape measures

Milwaukee Tool has grown its lineup of compact tape measures with new autolock tapes. The new tapes feature a blade that automatically locks once its extended to the users’ chosen length. Users then simply need to depress the lock mechanism to retract the blade. Constructed of proprietary Nylon Bond Blade Protection, and a 5-point reinforced frame for drop protection. Available in 16′, 25′, 5m/16′, and 8m/26′. Milwaukee tape measures feature a fractional scale designed for easy reading, an optimized hook designed for scoring, stamped steel belt clips, and are lanyard-ready.

SmartControl Gas Can

Scepter SmartControl gasoline container

Scepter has introduced a new SmartControl gasoline container. The new product is designed to fill without spills. The gas can’s design includes an easy-to-pour spout and a flame mitigation device. The SmartControl container is designed to save gas for where it’s needed by eliminating messy spills. The user-controlled flow is said to make it easier to direct the amount of fuel being dispensed. The container stores with the spout on, a feature developed to keep hands clean. The one-, two-, and five-gallon sized fuel containers are also available for diesel and kerosene storage.

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