Product Picks: September 2017

LP shingles

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

LP shingles

LP® SmartSide® Perfection Shingle

LP Building Products has added a new engineered wood fiber lap shingle that features a fine sawn wood texture with no knots. Perfection Shingle is designed to achieve a balance of cedar-like texture and the clean lines of shingles. LP SmartSide Perfection Shingles have a 5.5″ to 6.5″ reveal and are designed for use in single-family, multifamily and light commercial applications. The shingles install with a blind nail. The product is available in the Mid-Atlantic region and will later be available through distributors across the United States. Backed by a 50-year prorated limited warranty with a five-year 100% labor and material replacement warranty.

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MI Windows Rain-Glass

Rain Glass Decorative Glass from MI Windows and Doors

MI Windows and Doors has introduced Rain Glass, a new pattern in its Obscure Glass product line. Rain Glass is designed to mimic the look of rain running down a smooth piece of glass. The product is marketed for use as decoration, light diffusion, or privacy, often used in first-floor bathrooms or a front door side lite. Rain Glass is available as 1/8″ DSB (double-strength) with annealed and tempered options including single- and double-hung models, casements, and awnings. MI’s Rain Glass is available in a maximum size of 72″ wide x 140″ tall and thicknesses of 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm.

Post Bracket

Compact Metal Post Bracket from Simpson Strong-Tie

The new PGT2OZ Pipe Grip Tie® bracket from Simpson Strong-Tie is designed to offer an economical solution for attaching wood fence rails to metal fence posts, eliminating rotted and failed wood posts. The patent-pending design may also be used to retrofit new rails into place on an existing fence. Interior guides snap the bracket into position on the metal post, designed for easier fastening. Narrow 4-3/4″ width is said to allow it to easily fit inside a 1x wood box frame, and the ZMAX® coating has been added to provide additional corrosion resistance.

Nu-Wood faux masonary

New Brick and Stone Faux Masonry Panels from Nu-Wood™

Nu-Wood now offers faux polyurethane brick and stone masonry panel options in eight different styles and 15 different hand-glazed and finished colors. A variety of profile molds are used for each panel design that are said to eliminate repeat patterns. The panels have interlocking joints for side-to-side installation along with overlapping top and bottom ledges. The faux-masonry Nu-Wood products are designed to resist peeling, rot, moisture and insects, making a decorative accent product for the exterior and interior of residential and commercial projects. Each panel size is between 33″ and 37″ high, with a length of about 48″. Stone and brick styles available for the panels include: Castle Rock, Cobblestone, Fieldstone, Ledgestone, Stacked Stone, Weathered Brick, Classic Brick and Original Brick.


Tricoya® from Accsys Group

The manufacturer of Accoya wood has introduced Tricoya. Made from wood fibers that have gone through a modification process called acetylation, said to make the wood more dimensionally stable, Tricoya is backed with a 50-year warranty. Tricoya is designed to be used on a variety of exterior applications that would not normally be considered ideal for MDF products including façades, cladding, fascia and soffit panels, window components, outdoor furniture, and more. It can also be used in wet interior applications such as wall linings in swimming pools, bathrooms, and wet rooms. Tricoya panels are said to be unrecognizable as a food source for insects and prevents fungal decay.

Smart Locks

Brinks Home Security Array™ Smart Locks

A 2017 IBS Award winner for Best Indoor Living Product digital, the Array is a cloud and app-enabled digital door lock that can be installed without adding separate hubs or accessories. Array uses the home WiFi connection, eliminating the need for homebuilders and owners to have a gateway hub, purchase additional equipment or subscribe to a monthly service. A high-capacity power system allows quick and easy recharge with a supplemental built-in solar panel. Fully compatible with iOS and Android devices and Amazon Echo, Array allows homeowners to unlock their doors, provide and manage access remotely, and view user and battery data four different ways— smartphone, smartwatch, keypad and key. The Array smartphone app for iOS and Android devices enables multiple usage and tracking functions.

Armadillo composite 2x4s

Composite 2x4s from Armadillo

Armadillo has re-released its line of composite 2x4s. Armadillo 2x4s come in 12′ lengths and are available in seven colors: Campfire, Canyon Gray, Java, Night Fall, Painted Desert, Palomino, and Rustic Red. Matching decking, fascia, and riser boards are also available. Armadillo composite 2x4s come with capped radius edges. The composite boards are fully wrapped with a cap-stock coating and are designed to be fade and stain resistant. Armadillo 2x4s are made of post-consumer recycled plastic or HDPE materials and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Feeney Single Corner Post

Feeney Single Corner Post

Feeney, Inc. has unveiled a Single Corner Post for its DesignRail® Aluminum Railing System with CableRail infill. The new offering is said to lower overall material costs by requiring only one post in corners instead of two while also providing a more open feel and view. Compatible with the DesignRail Aluminum Railing System, the Single Corner Post by Feeney was engineered to withstand cable tension in both directions, and is pre-drilled with horizontal slots that allow cables to easily pass through a 90° corner. Feeney’s curved lacing needle is designed to enable installers to feed the cable through the post quickly. The Single Corner Post is offered in standard DesignRail heights, as well as custom heights, and for base mount, fascia and fascia bracket mount applications. It is available in all of Feeney’s Classic and Express Yourself DesignRail colors.


FinishPro®30XP Trim and Finish Tool from SENCO

SENCO has introduced its smallest and lightest 15-gauge tool for trim and fine woodworking. The new FinishPro 30XP has a magnesium main body that weighs just 3.8 lbs. Measuring 12″ in length and 9-5/8″ in height, it is designed to be maneuverable in tight spaces such as cabinets. The FinishPro 30XP accepts 1″ to 2″ 15-gauge 34° angled strip finish nails. Its E-Z Clear™ latch is designed to virtually eliminate fastener jams and associated downtime. Its NeverLube® design requires no oil. It has a 5-year warranty and comes with a carrying case.

Ply-Gem Steel Siding

Steel Siding Collection from Ply Gem

The Ply Gem Steel Siding Collection is a new addition to the company’s portfolio. The new palette of colors includes dark blues, greens, grays, blacks and reds. Developed with an innovative coating and emboss woodgrain pattern, the siding is designed to offer superior texture and color retention, without requiring frequent painting or caulking. Made from galvanized steel and designed to stand up to harsh weather conditions, Ply Gem’s Steel Siding Collection has been developed for residential or light commercial projects across North America. The premium product line is also made of recycled material, is recyclable, and is fire-resistant.

Deckorators Vault Decking

Deckorators® Vault Decking in Hickory Color

Deckorators Vault composite decking is now available in Hickory. The light brown hue with natural wood tone variegation joins the darker Mesquite (brown) and Dusk (gray) colors in the Vault family. Hickory is available in 12′, 16′ and 20′ solid and slotted-edge profiles, as well as fascia. Made with patented Eovations™ technology, Vault is a wood-alternative that is said to be durable and ultra low-maintenance. Backed by a 25-year structural, stain-and-fade and removal-andreplacement limited warranty.

Wolf Home Lighting

Outdoor Lighting from Wolf Home Products

Wolf Outdoor Lighting’s line of deck and rail accent products that are available now in all of Wolf’s building products service areas. Wolf Outdoor Lighting is designed to add beauty and ambiance with a “plug-and-play” assembly. This assembly, plus a single low-voltage power supply, enables homeowners to create a variety of configurations without the need for wire cutting, electricians, or permits. With LEDs rated for 50,000 hours, dusk-to-dawn light sensors, and remote dimmer switches, Wolf Outdoor Lighting are designed to be energy efficient. Wolf Outdoor Lighting products are compatible with all Wolf Rail and Westbury Rail products and include stair and side lights, under-rail lights, strip lights, post cap lights, as well as all wiring harnesses and connections.

Fypon Crosshead styles

Craftsman Crosshead Styles from Fypon

Fypon is adding two new Craftsmanstyle Crosshead designs to its offerings. The Craftsman Cove Crosshead is designed to replicate the height and look of a true wood built-up crosshead with cove and top trim. It is available in a 18′ width, allowing for customized cutting. Additional end caps are also offered for the Craftsman Cove Crosshead, available in 3-1/2″ and 5-1/2″ width to fit standard window and door trim. Installation over garage doors is said to have been simplified with the long length crossheads, eliminating the need to place two pieces together, then patching or adding a keystone to cover it. The additional new style of crosshead is the Craftsman Stepped Crosshead, designed to create a simple look with early craftsmanship details. This crosshead is offered in 6″ and 8″ heights for both windows and doors, and is also offered in the 18′ length.



DEWALT ‘s new FLEXVOLT 60V MAX* 2.5 Gallon Cordless Air Compressor is designed for the user that wants to leverage their existing pneumatic tools. The compressor is said to be a compact, portable, and lightweight choice at only 21.5 lbs. without a battery. The compressor can drive up to 1,220 nails per charge using one 6.0Ah FLEXVOLT Battery and a DEWALT 18 GA Brad Nailer. The compressor is designed to maintain speed during a variety of finish applications including moulding, baseboards, door and window casing work, deck lattice, as well as cabinet and furniture projects. The compressor features a brushless motor paired with a heavy-duty, oil-free pump. It has a maximum tank pressure of 135 PSI and delivers 1.2 SCFM @ 90 PSI (tested per ISO 1217). Available this fall.

Gear Keeper Wrist Lanyard

Gear Keeper® Deluxe Wrist Lanyard Systems

Gear Keeper’s two new wrist lanyard systems are designed to safely handle tools up to 5 lbs. To increase user productivity, the company’s patented Quick Connect tool attachment connects devices and is designed to permit secure, fast and easy connection/disconnection of tools. Users can change out and use many tools with just one lanyard by fitting additional male connectors to all tools being used and merely unclick one tool and attach another. The two Gear Keeper wrist lanyard systems are models TL1-2007 and TL1-2008 Retractable Wrist Lanyards. Both models offer nylon webbing Velcro wrist attachment straps. They are available in safety orange color. The TL1-2007 Deluxe Wrist Lanyard has a side release disconnect barrel lock offering a 10″ extended length.

James Hardie Aspyre Collection

James Hardie Aspyre Collection

The Aspyre Collection from James Hardie is designed to combine the modern Reveal® Collection and the more traditional profiles of its Artisan® siding. The Reveal Panel System is a complete, customizable system of commercial-grade panel, trim and fastener products. At 7/16″ thick, Reveal panels are designed to be be cut on-site and oriented vertically or horizontally. The Aspyre Collection is available in select markets in California, Washington, and Oregon. The company says that additional availability will follow soon. As part of the Aspyre Collection launch, four new Artisan siding profiles are being introduced: Bevel Channel, Square Channel, Shiplap and Beaded Lap. Each profile is said to have unique features and, with 5/8″ thick boards, the ability to miter corners.

Milwaukee Tool mud mixer

M18 FUEL™ Mud Mixer from Milwaukee Tool

Milwaukee has developed the first dedicated cordless mud mixer said to be powerful enough to mix heavy compounds, from stucco to concrete. The M18 FUEL Mud Mixer can mix up to 15 buckets of drywall mud on a single battery, the company claims. The new M18 FUEL Mud Mixer features a 180° handle for additional comfort and control. Users can adjust the handle to their preferred choice of 16 different handle positions, and set to the ideal speed based on the compound mix. A variable speed dial allows users the option of assigning a speed setting and then locking it on to mix without needing to keep their finger on the trigger.

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