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Product Picks: November/December 2020

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

Deckorators Trailhead entry-level composite decking

Deckorators has introduced Trailhead, a low-maintenance composite decking for the 2021 deck building season. The new wood-plastic composite (WPC) decking family is said to offer
value as well as an industry-leading 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade, and 25-year removal-and-replacement limited warranty. With an expected average retail price in the low $2-per-lineal-foot range, Deckorators Trailhead composite decking is designed to offer affordability as well as a rugged, trend-setting appearance. Trailhead comes in Ridgeline (gray), Pathway (brown), and Canyon (red-brown)—three lightly streaked colors with natural, flat-grain embossing. The 7/8″x5-1/2″ Trailhead boards are available in 12′, 16′, and 20′ solid and grooved-edge profiles and feature a shallow scalloped profile with four lobes. Trailhead WPC composite decking is expected to be available in the U.S. and Canada in early January 2021.


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Boral Ply 40

Manufactured by Boral Roofing, Boral Ply 40 is an SBS modified fiberglass reinforced underlayment/base sheet for tile, shingle or shake roofing. Designed for easy installation and ideal for use with metal roofing systems, Boral Ply 40’s modified asphalt minimizes the wrinkling and buckling which is commonly associated with nonmodified membranes. Developed as an all-season solution, Boral Ply 40 is said to offer durability and better protection than felt at a low cost. The recently improved underlayment now offers an uncovered exposure time, without any degradation, of six months (an improvement from its original three month uncovered exposure time). Boral Ply 40 is available in 39 3/8″ x 66′ (216 square feet) rolls, each weighing 80 lbs. Certifications and approvals include: ASTM-D6757, D4601, ASTM-D226 and D4869.


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ProVia Stone Calculator

ProVia’s Stone Calculator, an automated calculator for manufactured stone, automatically creates a materials list for ProVia’s stone veneer, replacing the traditional pencil-and-paper process. The calculator was developed to increase the efficiency of the manufactured stone calculation process by saving time, reducing potential for errors, and minimizing waste from overordering. The online tool automatically populates associated order values during the calculation process, in real time, as installers fill in their initial measurements. The Stone Calculator is free of charge, and while designed for the detailed requirements of professional dealers and installers, it is open for use by the general public.


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Fortress Building Products cladding

Fortress Infinity CBPC cladding, the company’s latest product category, is a co-extruded bamboo-plastic composite developed to offer effective moisture-resistance and inspiring wood emulation in rainscreen applications. Drawing from performance attributes of Infinity and Apex deck boards, Fortress cladding is designed to be strong as the first line of defense against water infiltration. Fortress Infinity cladding is available in four in-stock and nine special-order colors inspired by tropical hardwood species: Tiger Cove, Cape Town Grey, Caribbean Coral, and Oasis Palm. Fortress Infinity cladding is fully backed by a 25-year residential and 15- year commercial warranty. Available as square and grooved boards, Fortress Apex cladding is fully backed by a 30-year residential and 15-year commercial warranty.


Simpson Strong-Tie’s Quik Drive

Simpson Strong-Tie has received a Pro Tool Innovation Award in the Drills/Drivers-Decking, Cordless category for its Quik Drive PRO200SG2 multipurpose system. The new Quik Drive PRO200SG2 multipurpose system is equipped with a DeWalt cordless 2,000 rpm brushless driver motor and a lightweight extension for ergonomic stand-up driving. The cordless system is designed to eliminate the need for compressors, generators, or power to run fastening equipment. It can be used either with or without the lightweight extension. The Quik Drive PRO200SG2 system includes the auto-feed attachment, battery charger, two lithium-ion batteries, and a protective soft case.


DQ Technologies delivery notifications

DQ Technologies has added two products to its Integrated Delivery Management suite. Both
products are designed to elevate a customer’s experience by providing up-to-date order status information at their fingertips. DQT’s SMS and e-messaging services provide updated delivery status information by sending automated SMS and email messaging directly to customers, including current order status, ETA, and delivery confirmation. The Customer Portal App is a dedicated delivery and tracking app designed with your company’s branding, providing your company its very own mobile app to offer to customers with real-time order status, line item detail, up to the minute order ETA, and access to past order proof of delivery signatures, and pictures.


Therma-Tru Classic Craft premium door series

Therma-Tru has reimagined its Classic Craft premium series of doors, which will be available in February 2021. The product line will feature three unique, curated collections. The ArtÍssa Collection pays homage to the handmade culture of the American Arts and Crafts movement, featuring clean lines, Shaker styling, and Craftsman-inspired glass. The Founders Collection includes curved and arched details, embellished panel embossments and intricate glass designs. The Visionary Collection features sleek lines, forwardthinking designs, and minimalist details.


LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier

LP’s WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier is now an APA Structural I Rated wall and roof sheathing. With the addition of this product, LP Structural Solutions offers a full portfolio of framing and sheathing solutions to help achieve a tight building envelope. Backed by LP’s 30-year limited warranty, LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier is designed to withstand temperature cycling and deliver consistent, longterm protection. LP WeatherLogic panels help safeguard homes from water intrusion while allowing moisture vapor to escape. An integrated wall and roof sheathing solution, the product combines both air and water protection with the increased structural capacity of a Structural I rating. LP WeatherLogic system is installed with AAMA 711-13 approved acrylic seam and flashing tape. The product can be used with LP WeatherLogic Water Screen to drain water from between cladding and water-resistive barriers.


Diablo Steel Demon AMPED saw blades

Diablo Steel Demon AMPED reciprocating saw blades are developed for use on metals ranging in thickness from 3/16″ to 9/16″. The blades offer Titanium Cobalt (TiCo) Hi Density Carbide, and Black I.C.E. coating, designed to deliver maximum efficiency, long cutting life, and versatility in thick metal demolition and cutting applications. Diablo’s AMPED blades also feature an enhanced carbide-tip-to-blade connection designed to handle extreme impact resistance in thick metals. Diablo’s proprietary Perma-SHIELD non-stick coating, offers less gumming and friction.


Wolf Home Products new siding colors

Wolf Home Products has expanded its Wolf Portrait Siding color options to now include Pearl White, Baltic Blue (shown), and Denim. Wolf Portrait Siding is engineered to replicate the natural look of wood siding without the inherent maintenance. Inspired by Wolf Serenity Decking, Wolf Portrait High- Density Cellular Siding uses 100% ASA capstock. The siding is designed to offer superior UV and harsh-climate protection.


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