Product Picks: May 2019

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

Boise Cascade improves VERSA-LAM LVL
Boise Cascade is increasing its VERSA- LAM LVL Modulus of Elasticity (MOE) grades in 2019 in order to simplify the process of designing wood structures. VERSA-LAM laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beams and headers are designed to eliminate twisting, shrinking and splitting, and deliver flatter, quieter floors and structures. Sized to match Boise’s BCI and AJS Joists and other elements of the SIMPLE FRAMING SYSTEM, VERSA-LAM is said to offer quick assembly and is precision cut into more than 18 standard sizes. Because they have no camber and strength is consistent throughout, VERSA-LAM LVL products have no top or bottom side.

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Multi-Panel Gliding Patio Door from Boral
Boral Windows has introduced a gliding patio door system with customizable two-, three-, and four-panel configurations up to 8′ high and totaling up to 16′ wide. The flexibility and large sizes are said to be ideal for creating seamless indoor-outdoor connections and increasing ventilation and daylight infiltration. The saddle-style patio doors glide on a reinforced vinyl rail and heavy-duty, adjustable stainless- steel rollers. They feature a mechanical frame and welded sash, dual-seal weather-stripping, reinforced vinyl hollows, and an internal weep system. The patio door is currently available in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Florida Panhandle, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina.

Performance Building Solutions, a business of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, has introduced a patent-pending GREAT STUFF SMART DISPENSER, designed as a solution to make air sealing easier, more precise and with less product waste. The SMART DISPENSER is reusable for up to 30 days, and said to provide no drip. This new technology and design of the dispenser is said to give contractors and DIYers alike the flexibility to move from project to project easier, with the option to come back to their air sealing job at a later time.

New PVC trimboard accessories from Palram
Palram has launched a new family of PVC trimboard accessory products for its Color2Core (C2C) product lineup. The C2C line (home to a full offering of matching dimensional foam PVC trimboard) now includes PostWrap column wraps and corners, plus two extruded decorative mouldings—Bead Board with Nail Flange and Brick Mould. The new accessories are available in three C2C colors—white, Sand and Clay—in multiple widths and lengths. Palight PostWraps are available for 4″, 6″ and 8″ posts in 8’6″ and 10′ lengths, and either smooth or woodgrain finish. Palight Trimboard Corners come with EverClean Protective Film. Corners are available in 4″, 6″, and 8″ widths and 20′ lengths, with either a square or a rabbeted edge, and a smooth or woodgrain finish. The new 6″ Bead Board with Nail Flange gives contractors new options for no- paint solutions for porch ceilings and wainscoting.

TandoShake Cape Cod Perfection
TandoShake Cape Cod Perfection siding, manufactured by Derby Building Products, features a profile designed with crisp, square edges, resistance to extreme weather, and is available in five colors said to provide the look of painted wood. TandoShake’s Cape Cod Perfection was developed to hold up beyond traditional wood shakes in any kind of weather and can be used for ground contact and roofline applications. Derby Building Products says Cape Cod Perfection has the beauty of painted wood but without the hassles and upkeep. Cape Cod Perfection features a 5″ exposure, and a variety of solid colors including Classic White, Ashwood Gray, Slate Gray, Wheat, and Mariner Blue.

Simpson Strong-Tie’s Site-Built Wood Framing System
Simpson Strong-Tie has launched Strong-Wall site-built portal frame system (PFS) to provide designers, engineers, and builders in prescriptive markets with a way to meet code-defined wood wall-bracing requirements when building narrow wall widths. Engineered to be simple and quick to install, the PFS is designed to provide builders with a cost-effective alternative to IRC braced-wall solutions. Available in single-wall and double-wall portal frame kits, the PFS includes holdown assemblies, standoff and adjustable post bases, truss-ply screws, connector screws, a 6-lobe T40 driver bit, and complete installation instructions. Contractors add lumber and assemble. Features and benefits include allowance for narrow wall widths and design flexibility.

PUReWall by Hunter Panels
Hunter Panels, in partnership with Covestro, has introduced its first integrated residential wall construction advancement—PUReWall—designed to be a smart solution for the skilled labor shortage. The panelized wall assembly aims to reduce jobsite labor, shorten build time and cut homeowner energy costs all while ensuring a high-quality system. PUReWall is pre-assembled with 2×4 studs, up to 24″ on center, in a controlled panelization facility, and is offered as a complete solution. Plus, the system’s continuous insulation and taped joints are designed to allow it to function as a weather-resistant barrier, which the company says can eliminate the need for house wrap.

DaVinci Roofscapes introduces DaVinci Select Shake Roofing
DaVinci Roofscapes has added a fourth shake profile to its roofing product offering: DaVinci Select Shake. Designed with the authentic look of real cedar shake taken from natural wood profiles, the multi-width DaVinci Select Shake tiles are available in 8″ to 10″ widths, each DaVinci Select Shake tile is 22″ long and has a 5/8″ thickness. The 10″ wide pieces have a simulated keyway to give the appearance of 4″ and 6″ width shakes placed together. The unique tile design of DaVinci Select Shake is said to allow for faster installation than previous DaVinci single- and multi- width products. The new DaVinci Select Shake product line comes in eight color blends, including Autumn, Chesapeake, Mountain, Tahoe and Weathered Gray. The additional three color blends come from the Nature Crafted Collection and include Aged Cedar, Black Oak and Mossy Cedar.

Haas Door Commercial Aluminum Garage Door Series
Haas Door has expanded its Commercial Aluminum (CA) garage doors series by offering two new models: CA-315, and CA-320. The designer garage doors are available with all glass or insulated panels, with various types and thicknesses of glazing. Haas Door CA garage doors come with 28 specialty glass options, four anodized color options, 10 painted finish options, and 14 woodgrain color options. The garage doors can also be ordered with a custom-matched color or powder coating. The CA-315 line can be ordered in anodized colors of Clear, Dark Bronze, and black, plus in a Polar White painted color, as well as nine additional painted colors.

Westbury handrails from DSI
DSI, Inc.’s Westbury ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant aluminum handrails are designed for use in residential and commercial projects and are offered in a variety of lengths and with accessories that allow for customized handrails. These railing products are compatible with new or existing railing systems. Available in standard or custom colors, Westbury ADA railings are powder coated to provide low maintenance and long- term durability. The components are designed to be lightweight and engineered for easy installation.


New CertainTeed shake and shingle siding colors
CertainTeed’s Cedar Impressions and Northwoods profiles are now available in new solid color selections. Cedar Impressions Individual 5″ Sawmill Shingles and mitered corners are available in Colonial White, Natural Clay, Savannah Wicker, Seagrass and Sterling Gray. These are in addition to the Ageless Cedar color blends, which were developed to capture the appearance of natural Eastern White Cedar and Western Red Cedar at various stages, providing a comprehensive selection of unique, random color patterns. Accessories for Cedar Impressions Single 7″ Straight Edge Perfection Shingles are now available in a new solid color to best complement the Ageless Cedar, Cedar Blend color. The new Cedar Blend solid color accessories include: outside corner, inside corner, j-channel, under-sill trim, cornice mold and bay window corner. The shingles are also offered in Driftwood, Natural and Rustic blends. The newest profile in the Northwoods’ line, Single 7″ Straight Edge Perfection Shingle, now also offers three lighter shades in Colonial White, Sandstone Beige, and Desert Tan. These new solid colors join the line’s 17 other colors, including Autumn Red, Espresso, Midnight Blue, Seagrass and more.

Smart Vent Sealing Kit
Smart Vents are used for a home with a crawlspace or any enclosed area that desires natural air ventilation and flood protection. The vent door is latched closed until it comes in contact with flood water. Entering flood water lifts the patented internal floats which unlatch and allow the door to rotate open. This allows the flood water to automatically enter and exit through the frame opening, relieving the pressure from the foundation walls. Certified flood debris clearance is demonstrated with a 3″ diameter opening when the flood door is activated. A bimetal coil automatically opens and closes the ventilation louvers as temperature changes. No electricity is required. The louvers will be fully closed at 35°F and fully open at 75°F. In the event of a flood the internal floats lift to release the flood door to rotate open and relieve the hydrostatic pressure regardless of the louvers’ position, open or closed. Dual Function Smart Vent models are certified to provide both flood protection and natural air ventilation.

LEVEL5 drywall finishing tools available through Grabber
By partnering with LEVEL5, Grabber, known for fasteners, now has a hand in finishing products. The tools are available in sets as well as SKUs for product categories such as trowels, putty and taping knives, skimming blades, and specialty tools and accessories including knives, mixers, pans and more. Designed for professionals, most LEVEL5 drywall finishing tools are available in various sizes.


DEWALT jobsite speaker
DEWALT’s new 12V/20V MAX Jobsite Bluetooth Speaker connects via Bluetooth to wirelessly stream music up to 100′ away. The speaker is compatible with 12V MAX and 20V MAX batteries (sold separately) and comes equipped with a standard detachable power cord to operate off of a 120V wall outlet. It can also be used with a FLEXVOLT Battery. The handle doubles as a mobile phone stand designed to hold the user’s device and displays the screen. An additional storage tray is available under the handle. The speaker includes both a USB charging port and auxiliary jack which provide mobile phone charging and alternate connection options.


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