Product Picks: June 2018

Sherwin Williams

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

Sherwin Williams

Sherwin-Williams Cool Feel colors

Sherwin-Williams has introduced new Cool Feel color technology to its SuperDeck Solid Color Stain. Developed to reduce deck surface temperatures by up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, SuperDeck Solid Color Stain is available in 20 colors designed to help keep decks cooler to walk on, compared to conventional stains. SuperDeck Solid Color Stain is said to provided durable, opaque protection for new, weathered or previously stained wood and can be applied on most composites. The scuff-resistant stain can be applied to damp surfaces, allowing them to be prepped and stained in one day.

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MeshGuard screening system

Designed to replace the need for pickets below a hand rail for screen applications, MeshGuard recently passed ICC evaluation service review process and has met or exceeded requirements for porch and deck guardrail infill applications. The International Building Code calls for guards—typically in the form of vertical pickets or balusters—to be placed no further than 4″ apart in the infill area below the porch handrail. The new MeshGuard screening system replaces the need for these visually obtrusive barriers for openings up to 6′ x 3′.

Boise Cascade Heat map

BC FloorValue software from Boise Cascade

Part of Boise Cascade’s BC Framer design software, BC FloorValue is an easy-to-use tool that checks a floor plan for problems, suggests options to correct detected issues, and provides a cost comparison for required upgrades. Designers can evaluate different products for on-center spacing and sheathing thickness options to achieve the optimum price/value relationship. The tool can also be used to evaluate less expensive framing without negatively impacting the floor. In addition, floors throughout the home can be designed with optimal characteristics for each space. BC FloorValue utilizes a visual “Heat Map” (shown) to indicate areas of floor system deflection.

ProVia Willowbrook

ProVia Willowbrook Super Polymer Siding

Willowbrook Super Polymer Siding, a .042″ panel features a cedar woodgrain finish, designed to provide a subtler look than traditional heavy woodgrains on the market. Willowbrook is available in six profiles and in 22 colors. Notable features include a half rollover nail guard designed to prevent nails from being nailed too tightly. A post-formed lock is engineered to provide a positive locking system and to increase wind resistance. The full 9/16″ panel projection is designed to provide enhanced shadow lines and added panel rigidity, while the drop guard prevents the panel from dropping out of the lock during installation. Backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Ply Gem Solar Defense

Mastic by Ply Gem SolarDefense Reflective Technology

Ply Gem has recently enhanced the SolarDefense Reflective Technology used to boost siding performance. Available exclusively on select vinyl siding lines from Mastic by Ply Gem, SolarDefense is said to provide superior protection from harmful UV rays, while increasing curb appeal. The vinyl protection technology utilizes a proprietary formula with three protective layers that shield the darkest vinyl siding colors from the sun with advanced light-reflecting properties and a strong heat-resistant base layer. SolarDefense is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

veresetta stone

Versetta Stone Carved Block profile

Boral has added a Carved Block , a new profile to its Versetta Stone line of mortarless stone veneer. A larger stone format, Carved Block is designed for modern home styles and light-commercial applications. Carved Block stones range from 16″ to 20″ wide by 8″ tall, oriented across a 36″x 8″ panel. The profile comes in two colors: Midnight is a dark gray hue with almond tones; Sea Salt is a blend of beige and khaki. Versetta Stone panels are designed to install easily with nails or screws and feature an integrated moisture management system. They do not require additional footings for support. The stone veneer carries a Class A fire resistance rating and passes freeze/thaw testing.


Framing nailer from MAX USA

The MAX PowerLite High Pressure Coil Framing Nailer from MAX USA shoots 1-3/4″ to 3-1/2″ wire collated nails and 1-3/4″ to 3″ plastic collated nails. At only 5.7 lbs., it is approximately 40% lighter than most conventional coil framing tools. The patented maintenance-free end cap filter is designed to prevent foreign substances from entering the tool body. The filter has a self- cleaning feature that automatically ejects foreign substances when the air hose is disconnected. With a load capacity of 300 nails and at less than 13″ in height, the nailer is also equipped with a magazine, tangle-free swivel fitting, adjustable belt hook, and depth adjustment dial. Works exclusively with MAX PowerLite air compressors, which are fitted with four air-outlets; two outlets for high pressure tools and two outlets for regular 100 PSI tools.

Dupont Flexwrap-EZ

DuPont FlexWrap EZ

DuPont’s new FlexWrap EZ is a flexible flashing tape that, according to the manufacturer, creates an air and water tight seal around small shaped penetrations. It will be available in 2-3/4″ x 15′ roll lengths and ideal for sealing around plumping pipes, electrical boxes, wires, etc. DuPont FlexWrap EZ is designed to facilitate an energy efficient building by sealing the building at its most vulnerable penetrations.

thermory drift decking

Thermory Drift decking

Thermory USA has introduced Drift, a thermally-modified decking and cladding with rustic/weathered grey aesthetic, designed to resemble reclaimed wood. The product uses thermally-modified spruce, pine or ash for consistent quality and stability along with a Class 1 durability (25+ years) for resistance to rot and decay. Drift decking planks come in dimensions of 5/4″ x 6″ and 1″ x 6″, in lengths of 6′ to 16′, and feature both solid and grooved profiles for installation via a proprietary hidden fastening system. Drift cladding comes in dimensions of 1″ x 6” and 1″ x 8”, in lengths of 6′ to 16′, and is designed for a blind fastener installation.

lot vue site map

LotVue Sitemap Software update

The new release to ECi Software Solutions’ LotVue software for builders and developers is said to provide users with deeper insight into individual lot and community map traffic, locale information and financial stats—all while helping to solve the visual and marketing challenges faced by today’s homebuilders and developers. Key updates include Google Maps mapping service overlay, which allows buyers to gain a better perspective of how a community or individual scattered-site lots are situated among local destinations like restaurants, schools and major roadways. The update also includes Lot Click Analytics dashboard, which provides aggregated, community-level click data displayed on a heat map enables greater visibility into next-level data insight into budget breakdowns, current revenue and estimated costs with a single click.

TAMKO Timberwood shingles

TAMKO’s Heritage Timberwood

A new color is now available for TAMKO’s customers in the Northeastern United States. Timberwood joins the America’s Natural Colors collection as part of TAMKO’s Heritage laminated asphalt shingle line and is being produced at the company’s Frederick, Maryland manufacturing facility. Timberwood is designed to create a return to nature with what is described as a woodsy brown tone achieved through a blend of soft greys mixed with a varying pallet of rich buff hues. Resembling the beauty of wood in its natural element, Timberwood is crafted with TAMKO’s unique color drops and shadowtone process to develop an unmatched visual dimension with deep shadowing.

MI Krypton cutaway

MI Krypton-Enhanced Insulated Glass

Designed to improve window energy efficiency, MI Windows and Doors has added krypton gas to several of its products. Said to be a better insulator than the more commonly used argon, krypton-enhanced insulated glass is now available with MI’s 1650 double- hung, 1650 fixed, and 1685 double- slider triple-pane windows. Krypton is effective at blocking or decreasing the flow of heat in and out of homes. In window terms, it has a better U-value. With krypton, the U-value on MI’s 1650 triple-pane, double-hung window is 0.17, compared to 0.21 with argon.

Versatex pvc surfaces

Versatex Woodtone for porch and veranda ceilings

Versatex has introduced a new woodtone, called “Amber” to its Canvas Series of PVC surfaces for porch and veranda ceilings. Like the original Canvas Series, the Amber shade conforms to the standard Versatex WP4 T&G profile, with tactile woodgrain laminate permanently bonded to moisture-resistant, cellular PVC. The Canvas Series is designed for any exterior or interior application where moisture- resistance is an issue. Versatex manufactures the nominal 1″ x 6″ WP4 profile (actual thickness a full 3/4″) in 18′ lengths that can span up to 24″ on center. The matching 4″ crown moulding comes in 16′ lengths. The system provides a color-matched touchup kit for use on butt joints or fastener marks.

Royal Building Products Exterior

Royal Building Products Elm Grove vinyl siding

Royal Building Products has introduced an economy line to its Exterior Portfolio brand. Elm Grove features a new raised woodgrain that is designed to capture the look and texture of real wood without the added maintenance. Other product features include a 0.040″ panel thickness, an emboss roll coating technology developed to create a non-glassy look, a partial roll-over nailing said to provide up to 155 mph wind load performance, and a 1/2″ profile edge. Elm Grove is available in an array of UV-resistant Smart Styles colors. All Royal vinyl siding brands promise long-lasting color retention and fade resistance. Homeowners can choose from three profiles—Double 4″, Double 4″ Dutchlap and Double 5″ Dutchlap— all with a lifetime limited warranty that includes color and hail protection.

AZEK rails

AZEK Impression Rail Express

The new Impression Rail Express from AZEK Building Products is a pre-assembled aluminum railing panel system engineered for installation at the jobsite. With no hammers or special tools required, Impression Rail Express features assembly on both level and stair applications. Impression Rail Express is designed to achieve the look of wrought iron with a powder-coated finish and subtle texture in three colors: White, Black and Dark Bronze. The finishes are developed to resist weather and corrosion over time and are backed by a 25-year warranty. Impression Rail Express features a patented technology to securely lock each baluster in place for a rattle-free, full-contact connection without a weld.

dewalt battery

DEWALT updated batteries and chargers

DEWALT has announced the continued expansion of the FLEXVOLT system with the dual-voltage 20V/60V MAX FLEXVOLT 12.0Ah Battery. In addition, DEWALT announces the new 4-Port Fast Charger which simultaneously charges four FLEXVOLT 12.0Ah Batteries (sold separately) in 120 minutes. The 20V/60V MAX Battery is optimized for use in new and existing DEWALT tools designed for high-power applications. The 4-Port Fast Charger not only charges the new 20V/60V MAX Battery, but it also offers multi-platform versatility for use with 12V MAX and 20V MAX*DEWALT batteries. The Fast Charger is compatible with the ToughSystem storage system, and includes through-hole wall mounts, a cord wrap, and transport handles.

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