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Product Picks: June 2023

Each month, hundreds of products and services vie for industry attention. Here are some that our editors think will interest LBM Journal readers.

TREX RainEscape

New from Trex, the RainEscape underdeck drainage system is designed to provide under-deck protection from the elements while optimizing the usability of the space beneath an elevated deck. Using an integrated network of troughs and downspouts applied above the joists of the substructure, the system captures and diverts water away from the deck to create dry space underneath. Once protected, this space can be used for storage or outfitted with furnishings and accessories to create an additional outdoor living area. According to Trex, gas and electrical lines can be safely and discreetly run between the deck surface and soffit ceiling below to power lighting, ceiling fans, grills, appliances, electrical components, and more. In addition, RainEscape is warrantied against defects in materials or workmanship under normal and proper use for 25 years from purchase.


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New Colors for Westlake Royal Building Products

New from Westlake Royal Building Products, its Royal Haven Insulated Siding and Exterior Portfolio CraneBoard Solid Core Siding is now available in new colors. Inspired by popular trends in exterior home design, Royal Haven Insulated Siding will add three rich, dark shades to its Board & Batten profile: Urban Bronze (shown here), Ironstone, and Marine Blue. Exterior Portfolio’s CraneBoard Solid Core Siding will also add three dark colors to its Board & Batten profile: Indigo (also shown here), Canyon, and Peppercorn. Royal Haven Vinyl Siding and Exterior Portfolio Vinyl Siding lines also feature the company’s Chromatix technology color protection to resist fading so dark colors stay true.

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New Profiles from Wolf Trim

Wolf Home Products has recently released two new products to its premium Wolf Trim lineup of tongue and groove profile. The new additions—WP4 & Nickel Gap and Shiplap & Nickel Gap—each features a tongue and groove profile and offers a reversible design to suit a variety of on-trend, modern design preferences. Made of lightweight, high-cell density PVC, the manufacturer says these profiles won’t absorb moisture, making them easy to work with and helping to streamline installation. Just like wood, they can be cut, drilled, mitered, nailed or glued without the use of any special tools. Both new offerings are available in 18′ lengths and come in 1×6 and 1×8 sizes.


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M-Pwr Smart Doors

Masonite’s M-Pwr Smart Doors are said to be the first residential exterior doors to integrate power, LED welcome lights, a video doorbell, and a smart lock into the door system. Introduced exclusively for new home construction at CES 2022, Masonite M-Pwr Smart Doors are available for renovation, repair, and remodeling applications. Battery backup keeps the door functioning in the event of a power outage, and the M-Pwr App offers lighting control, customization of settings, and the ability to check if the door is open or closed. Options for the door include both single and double sidelight configurations.


StoneCoat FUSION System

According to StoneCoat, its new FUSION system consists of a single panel that replaces four layers of materials (exterior insulation, OSB sheathing, waterproofing/vapor barrier, and metal lath. FUSION’s structural insulated sheathing and integrated masonry backing panels are compatible with most exterior claddings. Their R10 insulation helps meet new energy code requirements, and FUSION also offers up to R30 insulation with a 6″ thickness. The panels also resist cracking, rotting, and mold compared to traditional building materials. In addition, the panels are lightweight, making installation faster and easier, and are a sustainable, carbon-neutral product, as the laminate is made from recycled petroleum products, making it easier for builders, developers and architects to meet environmental requirements and gain LEED points.


Silvermine Stone Mortarless Stone Pillar Kits

According to Silvermine Stone, its new Mortarless Stone Pillar Kits feature a simple, quick, and cost-effective installation that enhances the look of exterior posts and pillars. The system allows you to integrate decorative pillars into any project, and the kits provide nearly everything needed to construct an 18″ x 18″ stone pillar with either 36″ or 48″ height without any measuring, cutting, or calculating. For added curb appeal, the pillar stones match the Silvermine Stone Belterra Collection of stone siding and are available in five of the most popular and on-trend color palettes.


FastenMaster MVP Multipurpose Wood Screw

FastenMaster, a division of OMG, Inc., recently launched its MVP Multipurpose Wood Screw that the manufacturer says is designed for framing, interior remodeling, cabinetry, and more. The fasteners feature FastenMaster’s exclusive double-lead SureStart point for a fast start, and the TORX Ttap drive system provides a stable, wobble-free installation. MVP fasteners also feature a proprietary ProjectLife Coating that FastenMaster says delivers superior corrosion protection for the life of the project and a SureSink Head that countersinks into the wood without compromising clamping force. MVP fasteners are available in six sizes from 1-1/2″ through 4″ in half-inch increments, and come packaged in small packs of 100, project packs of 250 to 500 depending on the length, and in bulk quantities of 1,250 to 2,000 fasteners depending on the length. A free TORX bit is provided in every box.


MILGARD AX550 Moving Glass Walls

New from the MITER Brands family of window and door products, the Milgard AX550 Moving Glass Walls blend luxury, expansive size, and smooth operation with aesthetic charm, says the manufacturer. They let in optimal natural light and blur the line between where your indoor space ends and outdoor living begins. Available in sliding, pocket, and bi-fold configurations in four colors, these oversized doors are reported to glide effortlessly and operate with ease in sizes as large as 10′ tall and 20′ wide.

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