Product Picks: June 2020

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

MoistureShield Elevate in new variegated colors

MoistureShield’s Elevate capped wood composite decking has added two new variegated colors to the product line: Riverbank and Alpine Gray. With texture and depth similar to tropical hardwoods, these colors join the line’s solid colors of Canoe, a forest brown, and Lake Fog, a soft gray shade. With a protective cap developed to shield each board from impact, corrosion, and harsh weather, Elevate decking is offered as a budget-friendly option for homeowners to upgrade to composites. Elevate 1×6 deck boards are available in 12′, 16′, and 20′ lengths in grooved profiles (for hidden fasteners) and 20′ lengths with a solid edge, as well as fascia boards in 12′ lengths. Elevate decking is fully protected by a 50-year transferable structural warranty and a 30-year fade and stain warranty. moistureshield.com

 

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Simpson Strong-Tie Ratcheting Take-Up Devices

Simpson Strong-Tie has expanded its product line of Ratcheting Take-Up Devices (RTUD) with products redesigned specifically for 7/8″- and 1″-diameter threaded rod. The RTUD product line is engineered to provide a superior wood-shrinkage and construction gap compensation solution for continuous rod systems that resist uplift or overturning in multi-story wood structures. As part of a complete tie-down system, the RTUD provides engineers and builders working on multistory projects with a pass-through design for unlimited shrinkage compensation and faster, easier installation. The new, larger devices also allow for solutions accommodating a greater size range of threaded rods and higher demand loads. The RTUD has also been thoroughly tested per ICC-ES AC316 and is code listed under ICC-ES ESR-2320. strongtie.com

 

Embossed Woodgrain and Tapered Column Wraps from Royal Building Products

Royal has added a new Embossed Woodgrain Column Wrap to its line of PVC Column Wraps. Made from 100% cellular PVC, Royal’s column wraps are designed to resist moisture, preventing issues found in traditional wood columns, such as warping, rotting and insect damage. Like the smooth column wraps, the woodgrain version is available in 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, and 12×12, in 8’6″, 10′, and 12′ lengths. The woodgrain column wraps are available in the same quantity, packaging and price as the smooth version and feature a protective film to keep them clean through installation. Royal is also launching new Tapered Column Wraps with a smooth texture, in 5″ and 6″ lengths. Each Tapered Column Wrap is ready-to-assemble in 10″ x 6″, 12″ x 8″ and 16″ x 12″. The Tapered Column Wraps are designed with a 1/2″ thickness and are available in Traditional and Craftsman base styles. royalbuildingproducts.com

Pony Jorgensen E-Z HOLD expandable bar clamps

Pony Jorgensen, the maker of the Jorgensen handscrew and other woodworking clamps, has introduced 12″, 24″, and 36″ Jorgensen heavy-duty E-Z HOLD expandable bar clamps. The clamp line boasts a clamping force of up to 600 pounds—doubling the force of medium-duty Jorgensen E-Z HOLD expandable bar clamps. With an ergonomic grip lever handle and a maximum reach of 3-5/8″ from the edge of the bar, the clamp line includes Pony Jorgensen’s patented feature that allows for two E-Z HOLD expandable bar clamps to be joined together to make a single clamp with greater opening capacity. Similar to the other E-Z HOLD clamps, this new 33700 series of clamps can be converted to a spreader clamp. ponyjorgensen.com

 

AHF Products floor Visualizer

AHF Products, a manufacturer of hardwood flooring, has launched a floor Visualizer, a digital tool to help customers picture flooring styles in their home before buying. The Visualizer is available across the company’s flooring brands, including Bruce, Hartco, and Robbins. Consumers can visualize and design their floor instantly on any device, see how a color or style will look in a variety of different rooms, and can upload their own image to see how their selections will look in their own home. Dealers can help customers to immediately see what their floor will look like, and follow-up with actual samples. Through a simple four-step process, customers can upload a photo of their room or choose from one of the sample rooms; select flooring; view the product in their space; save, share and find products to purchase. ahfproducts.com

FastenMaster’s Cortex System for Deckorators

FastenMaster has developed the Cortex Hidden Fastening System for Deckorators.
The Cortex System is comprised of a screw, plugs made from the same decking, and
setting tool and is designed to offer a strong connection between the deck board
and joist. The system hides fasteners across the entire deck, first and last board,
perimeter, and stairs. Cortex comes with product enhancements including a TORX
TTAP Drive System, a modified fastener, and a stronger setting tool. The manufacturer
says a stronger bit material and industrial grade felt will enable builders to install 350
fasteners on one Cortex Setting Tool. Cortex for Deckorators Decking is available in
a 100-lineal foot package and can now be purchased directly from FastenMaster.
All screws, plugs, and setting tools are included in every box. fastenmaster.com

 

ODL’s Chinchilla textured doorglass

Chinchilla, a new textured doorglass style from ODL is said to be “as touchable as its namesake,” presented with fine lines that the manufacturer describes as a “fur-like texture.” The textured surface faces the inside of a home, which increases the level of privacy offered by the doorglass. The textured doorglass is offered in a wide range of sizes and configurations, with certain sizes available also as a Severe Weather doorglass. odl.com

 

DAP Sound Block E90

The new Sound Block E90 acoustical sealant from DAP is specifically designed to reduce sound transmission and improve STC ratings in sound-rated wall & floor systems. Sound Block E90 is designed for sealing openings around electrical boxes, pipes, duct systems, cut-outs and other types of utility equipment penetrating wall surfaces, as well as perimeter edges including abutting surfaces and corner joints. It is said to also reduce smoke migration and drafts. The sealant also is designed for cold weather performance by remaining flexible to endure expansion and contraction caused by temperature and weather extremes without cracking or losing adhesion. Sound Block E90 is packaged in a 28 fl. oz. plastic cartridge built to hold up to weather, transit and use. dap.com

 

Kebony four-in-one deck board profile

Kebony Deck Board’s new profile accommodates the following fasteners/installation methods. The Step-Clip for Kebony uses install strips to minimize the time and labor spent fastening the deck. Hidden fastener clips secure the deck without screwing into the board’s face. Kebony Deck Board is compatible with the Fastenator Hidden Fastening system by DuraLife. If the positive lateral connection of fastening through the face is preferred, then using the Pro Plug System with Kebony wood plugs can be used. Finally, when securing surface decking using traditional methods, stainless steel screws through the face of our Kebony Deck Board is recommended. Kebony Deck Board comes with a 30-year warranty and a 50-75 year expected lifespan. kebony.com

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