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Product Picks: July 2024

Westbury Sorrento Aluminum and Stainless Steel Mesh Railing

Digger Specialties Inc. (DSI) has introduced its new Westbury Sorrento Mesh Railing. According to DSI, this new railing is the ideal choice for home and commercial property owners that wish to transform their outdoor living spaces with a railing system that combines safety, functionality, and curb appeal. Sorrento Railing comes in a choice of 4′, 5′ and 6′ preassembled sections in either 36″ or 42″ heights that combine aluminum posts and rails with 2-3/8″ stainless steel mesh infill. Accessories include a variety of residential or heavy duty Commercial IRC and IBC approved posts and base plates. Westbury Sorrento railing is available in 12 colors with the option of textured or non-textured surfaces, and for those who wish to display a stainless steel look, a clear powder coated mesh infill is an option. The finishes are backed by a lifetime limited warranty, fade warranty, and salt and abrasive environments warranty.


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Unified Steel Stone Coated Roofing

Westlake Royal Building Products’ Unified Steel Stone Coated Roofing has received a Class 4 and a Very Severe Hail (VSH) rating in accordance with ANSI FM4473 American National Standard for Impact Resistance Testing of Rigid Roofing Materials by Impacting with Freezer Ice Balls. According to the manufacturer, the durable, lightweight roofing system, which benefits from the structural strength of steel, is the first stone coated steel roofing product on the market in the U.S. to obtain the VSH rating. The roofing is offered with a 50-year limited and fully transferable warranty.


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Modern Steel Ultra-Grain Plank Garage Door

Clopay has adding four new colors—Barnwood, Cedar, Natural, and Espresso—to its popular Modern Steel Ultra-Grain Plank garage door line. The 2″-thick polyurethane foam insulated doors feature digitally printed horizontal planks with a wood-look appearance on insulated flush panel steel. The planks vary in length with no repeating grain pattern. According to Clopay, plank doors are a perfect way to warm up light and dark exteriors with eye-catching patterns and texture. The versatile style complements mid-century, farmhouse, coastal cottage, and transitional home styles with clean horizontal lines, simplistic pattern and a nice tonal variation for visual interest. The garage door is available with or without windows in sizes up to 20′ wide and 16′ tall.


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VoidForm “Sacrificial Formwork”

VoidForm offers an extensive list of products that are all focused on “forming voids” for concrete walls, slabs, and piers, as well as below-grade utility isolation. VoidForm’s products address a simple but enduring problem: In areas with expansive soils, void forms provide temporary support during concrete placement. Once the concrete is self supporting, these forms provide a cavity where soil can expand, preventing the transfer of uplift pressures into the structural slab or beam above.


Simonton MaxView Multi-Slide Vinyl Patio Door

Cornerstone Building Brands recently unveiled the new Simonton MaxView Multi-Slide Vinyl Patio Door. As contemporary design trends like dark patio door color options and transitional living design continue to rise, the newly enhanced MaxView patio door creates a high-contrast appeal. Its new features include black and bronze co-extruded exterior color options, alongside expanded sizes of up to 10′ in height or 30′ in width and design pressure (DP) ratings for select sizes of up to 70 to meet HVHZ requirements. The DP ratings determine a product’s ability to withstand various external forces such as wind, water and air pressure.

ThermoClip Hidden Deck Fastener

Because thermally modified wood decking can be brittle due to its modification, the ThermoClip Hidden Deck Fastener from DeckWise is made without sharp groove tangs or teeth that can dig in, gouge the board, and cause breakage. This deck fastener clip has a smooth polyethylene shell the manufacturer says allows the wood to move freely without the worry of board breakage or screws snapping. Available in black or brown clip colors to enhance hidden characteristics, it includes an automatic spacer leg to ensure consistent 1/4″ board gaps.



UFP-Edge has launched EvoTrim, a revolutionary new trim product that the manufacturer says is engineered for exceptional performance and durability. Crafted from finger-jointed and edge-glued Radiata pine and spruce, and unlike traditional trim products, EvoTrim undergoes a proprietary TRU-CORE treatment process that infuses five EPA-registered preservatives deep into the board’s core. This ensures protection against rot, insects, mold, and termites, and is backed by a 40-year warranty. EvoTrim is available in two distinct finishes: Smooth (S4S) and Smooth & Resawn (S1S2E), available in 1x, 5/4, and 2x thicknesses, in widths up to 12″ and lengths up to 20′. Additionally, EvoTrim comes factory primed for consistency, saving valuable time during installation, and ensuring a beautiful finish with any quality topcoat.


Flywheel Framing Nailers

DEWALT has released two new cordless framing nailers—the 20V MAX XR Brushless Cordless 21° Plastic Collated Framing Nailer (DCN920) and the 30° Paper Collated Framing Nailer (DCN930). Designed with a flywheel, the nailers help minimize downtime between shots by allowing the tool to stay active after the trigger is released. According to the manufacturer, the nailers allow pros to install up to 530 sq. ft. of subflooring and complete up to 100 ft. of wall framing per charge for enhanced productivity. Each model also drives nails up to 72% more sub-flush than previous nailer model. Users can align and drive up to 3-1/2″ nails at aggressive angles with the redesigned nose that is engineered for toe nailing applications.


Evanston Work Boot

According to KEEN Utility, its new Evanston work boot offers the protection of a traditional work boot with the athletic feel and flexibility of a sneaker. The company’s proprietary responsive KEEN.ReGEN cushioning is reported to provide up to 50% energy return with every step, and carbon-fiber safety toes are unobtrusive and 15% lighter than steel. Other features include a KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable membrane and full-grain Barnyard Resistant leather upper to keep the wearer shielded from jobsite messes. A tough worker with an energetic sole, the Evanston is available for both men and women.


Blueskin VPTech

Henry, a Carlisle Company, has recently released a new product for residential construction that is reported to deliver energy efficiency and labor savings in one integrated solution. Blueskin VPTech combines a weather-resistive barrier (WRB), continuous insulation (CI), and seam sealing in a single, integrated panel, improving energy efficiency and reducing installation time and associated labor costs by up to 30%. Featuring a lightweight 4′ x 8′ integrated panel that combines Henry’s Blueskin VP100 self-sealing and drainable weather- resistive barrier, Type II R5 graphite polystyrene (GPS) continuous insulation, and patent pending vertical and horizontal seam-sealing overlays—each Blueskin VPTech panel fully seals against adjacent panels creating a uniform, continuous air barrier.

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