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Product Picks: November/December 2021

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


Simpson Strong-Tie’s new bottle opener

Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced a new three-piece bottle opener kit to its line of Outdoor Accents decorative hardware. Designed to provide contractors, homebuilders, and DIYers with essential hardware, the Outdoor Accents line of code-listed decorative wood connectors and fasteners accommodates both nominal and rough lumber. The bottle opener comes as a three-piece kit that installs on any wood post and complements both the Mission Collection and Avant Collection product styles. The kit features a sturdy, black, metal bottle opener, a UV-protected composite plastic backplate, and removable catch cup to collect bottle caps. The catch cup even has drain holes in the bottom, so it won’t overflow with suds and sodas.

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LP SkillBuilder

LP Building Solutions offers online training courses available in both English and Spanish versions, that include a free builder training series entitled SkillBuilder, aimed at training builders to properly install LP products for enhanced efficiency. With a series of how-to videos, the content is developed to operate as an ongoing training resource to install brand new LP products. From distribution and installation to maintenance, the training materials have been created to quickly help builders and dealers alike become LP SmartSide professionals.

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Qora Cut LedgeStone TightStack panels

Qora Cladding has introduced Qora Cut LedgeStone TightStack exterior cladding solution in three colors. Qora Cut LedgeStone TightStack is designed to answer residential and commercial demand for a stacked stone aesthetic, which the company says adds old-world quality to a modern, textured surface for exterior accents, including knee wall and wainscoting applications. The panelized system is available in 48″ wide x 18″ tall and 48″ wide x 36″ tall panels to maximize available square footage and increase installation speed. Qora Cut LedgeStone TightStack is available in three color patterns—Lexington, Gunstock, and Charcoal—and designed to complement any vinyl, wood, or fiber cement siding exteriors. According to the manufacturer, Qora Cut LedgeStone TightStack does not burn and it will not rot, buckle or delaminate. The product is available with a 20-year warranty.


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PrebuiltML is a construction takeoff software that specializes in framing. With an extensive database included, as well as a built-in digitizer, the software is designed to be quick to learn and yet offer continued growth. From 500 square feet to 500,000 square feet, from floor framing to roof, home, or commercial, PrebuiltML is built for running takeoffs, reports, layouts, pricing, and a material list that is ready to ship with your products and your stocked product lengths. The management capabilities of PrebuiltML HUB and a built-in Quick Check tool are designed to ensure that users have the right material, and they have a tool that will increase productivity and communication with sales, management, and estimating staff.


Elemental Hardwoods adds Black Mesquite

Elemental Hardwoods has expanded its exotic hardwood flooring line with the addition of Black Mesquite, a wood species known for its stability, durability, distinctive character, and chocolate and gray-brown grain patterns. Sourced sustainably from the high desert Chaco region of Northern Argentina and Paraguay, Black Mesquite is said to add a warm, rustic flavor to homes and offices. Elemental Hardwood’s Black Mesquite flooring is available in unfinished square edge TG4S in 1/2″ and 3/4″ thicknesses, widths that span from 3″ to 8″ and 1′ to 7′ lengths.


GP’s ForceField approved for slope roof use

Georgia-Pacific has announced that ForceField Weather Barrier System is now approved for sloped roof application uses. ForceField Weather Barrier System is an integrated WRB (weather-resistive barrier) sheathing system for sloped roofs and walls developed to help reduce weather-related challenges and delays, simplify construction, and help to dry in multifamily and residential structures faster than traditional systems. Comprised of the integrated WRB sheathing panels and compatible wall and roof tape accessories, the products are designed to work together to deliver a seamless build. The ForceField Weather Barrier System meets the water-resistive barrier, air-barrier, and roof covering requirements of the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). ForceField Weather Barrier System comes with a 10-year limited transferrable warranty.


DAP Advanced Modified Polymer Sealants

DAP’s new advanced hybrid sealants are said to outperform silicone and provide maximum performance for every project. Developed for both exterior applications—such as windows, doors, siding, trim, gutter, flashing, and concrete—and interior applications like kitchen and bath projects, the new AMP line is said to deliver a 100% weatherproof and waterproof seal. It can be applied on wet surfaces, offers extreme temperature use of 0°F to 140°F, features 30-minute paint and rain/water ready times, and is backed by a lifetime mold and mildew resistance guarantee.


Weather Shield’s multi-slide door systems

Weather Shield’s redesigned multi-slide door systems for its Contemporary Collection and Premium Series is developed to provide narrow profiles and ensure expansive, unobstructed views. With options up to 57′ 6″ wide, Weather Shield’s new multi-slide doors are available with designer hardware and two panel variations designed to ensure balanced and clean viewing experiences. The Contemporary Collection comes with narrow stiles and rails that are 3-1/4″ wide, while the Premium Series offers a wider 5-1/8″ stile and rail with a height range that can be expanded up to 12′ tall. The panels for both are 2-1/4″ thick.

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