Product Picks: September 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 has increased its VERSA-LAM LVL Modulus of Elasticity (MOE) grades 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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Key-Link Fencing & Railing Vertical Cable Rail
Key-Link’s vertical cable railing offers contemporary looks and unobstructed views to outdoor living spaces. Key-Link’s vertical cable railing is designed to save time on the jobsite by simplifying installation with pre- installed cable. All of Key-Link’s railing is engineered to exacting standards and is fabricated and tested in the USA. Each piece of aluminum rail is coated with AAMA 2604 powder coating for resistance to sun, heat, and humidity.


DMSi’s Building Results
Building Results CRM is made for the building materials industry. Industry- specific terminology, pipeline stages, and KPIs make it a platform designed for sales reps to embrace. Features like voice-to-text and quick-create buttons are said to cut out the “busy work” of traditional CRMs so reps spend more time making calls. Developed in partnership with Rick Davis, leading sales coach to the building materials industry, Building Results follows a proven process for achieving predictable future results.


TandoStone is available in two styles: Stacked Stone (shown) which features a dry stack profile without grout lines between the stones, and Creek Ledgestone which emulates the rugged look of hand-picked stone with grout. Each style is available in five shades to\ complement any exterior. As builders and designers search for alternatives to natural or manufactured stone, composite stone represents an emerging category with several advantages, the manufacturer says. TandoStone features a realistic design, easy installation, an expansive color pallet, and is impervious to moisture. Without the need for special tools or heavy equipment for installation, TandoStone is designed to be safer and easier to install on taller walls.


Lumber Buddy Portable Workstation offers products and services geared toward LEAN-Continuous Improvement. The company promotes BOSS Strapping products and tools as well as L-M Equipment, Ltd Saw Systems. The company’s signature product, the Lumber Buddy Portable Workstation, has been helping building material distribution centers and pro dealer lumberyards work safer and smarter for nearly 20 years. Unlike stationary pull rack systems, Lumber Buddy Portable Workstations are designed to go where the work is, eliminating unnecessary trips across the yard.


New Barn-Lite Sliding Doors from Hy-Lite
Ideal for adding privacy options in both home and commercial locations (such as offices and medical settings), Barn-Lite doors are available in Wave and Glacier acrylic blocks. Each block is 9″ x 9″, with a depth of 1.5″. Architectural-grade vinyl frames surrounding the units are available in both white and bronze. The Barn-Lite doors are supported by durable steel hardware overhead in a black satin color. Barn-Lite doors measure 38″ x 83″. Each door has a four-block across by nine-block down configuration and is backed by a 10-year limited warranty. Acrylic block door inserts feature a panel of acrylic blocks that can be inserted into both new and existing interior and exterior doors. Both products are designed to provide privacy in a room while allowing in light.


GreenWeld PVB from MFM Building Products
MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, has introduced a new roof flashing membrane, GreenWeld PVB. GreenWeld PVB armored flashing system is a high-performance PVB (PolyVinyl Butyral) membrane enhanced with an aluminum scrim said to provide for superior flexibility, strength and weathering. The membrane is comprised of recycled PVB and can be used in residential and commercial roofing applications. Typical applications include flashing for pipe penetrations and support beams, water barrier for cavity walls, liner for valleys of shingle, tile and aluminum metal roofs, and through-wall flashings. GreenWeld PVB is designed as a replacement for lead, sealant pockets or liquid flashing systems. The membrane is designed to be easy to cut and use, heat- weldable, non-toxic and sustainable, flexible and light weight, and comes with a 20-year warranty. Available in roll widths of 10″, 20″ and 39″ by 19.5′ length rolls, each roll is pre-packaged in a shrink sleeve for protection until use.


ECi software
ECi business management software is designed for the LBM industry and provides real-time visibility into every area of a lumber and building materials business. The software provides data so companies can make informed business decisions, provide a seamless experience for customers, and compete at a higher level. ECi Spruce is designed to get customers and employees through the check-out process quickly and effectively, integrating with point of sale and business operations aspects from accounting to installed sales, and from manufacturing and millwork to delivery.


BenefitHub from UPG
UPG brings exclusive savings to the lumber and building materials manufacturing industries. With over 45,000 member companies, the company has the purchasing power to provide qualified businesses exclusive discounts on the most needed business products and services. The latest vendor partner, BenefitHub, is a discount marketplace members can offer to employees. BenefitHub is a free benefits portal designed to be easy-to-use with a full-range of benefits, discounts and rewards—from insurance, to travel, to entertainment and shopping.


Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software
Simpson Strong-Tie has launched an enhanced online Deck Planner Software tool engineered to help deck builders and homeowners quickly and easily design their dream deck. Featuring 3D software, design guides and an in-app user tutorial, the free web-based design center is said to provide a suite of intuitive tools and resources for designing and building stronger decks. Powered by an in-app tutorial that guides users step-by-step through the custom deck design process, the software allows users to select shapes, modify dimensions and choose from various deck board and railing options. One-click toggling between 2D and 3D design modes makes it easy to view and design in different perspectives. The software also highlights the critical connections for building a strong, safe deck and recommends hardware based on any design the user customizes. When the design process is over, a full output report is generated that includes a bill of materials for all lumber, decking, railing and hardware necessary to build the deck.


Rustic Moulding Collection from Ornamental Mouldings and Millwork
The new Rustic Moulding Collection from Ornamental Mouldings and Millwork features rich Ambrosia Maple wood with a wrought iron-look insert in each piece of moulding. Designed to blend with any design style from contemporary to farmhouse to mid-century modern, the mouldings can be used together in a room or individually as accent pieces. The Rustic Moulding Collection includes: Ambrosia Maple Crown, Ambrosia Maple Base, Ambrosia Maple Chair Rail, and Ambrosia Maple Casing (also available plain, without wrought iron insert).


Nova USA’s ExoShield Wood Stain
Nova USA’s ExoShield Wood Stain is designed to provide long-lasting, superior protection for exterior decking, siding and outdoor furniture, while creating a naturally durable finish with color stability. Using a proprietary blend of Tung oil, UV blockers, fungicide, and trans-oxide pigments, ExoShield’s water-resistant, acid-resistant formula is also said to be ideal for enhancing wood stability and reducing cracking or warping. ExoShield exterior wood stain combines the penetrative and protective properties of Tung oil and fungicide to maintain exterior wood products, delay graying and protect against water damage, fungi and harmful UV rays.


CAMO Starter Clips
National Nail’s CAMO deck fastening brand introduces CAMO Starter Clips as a solution to face-fastening the first and last board of any grooved deck project. Contractors who use Starter Clips with CAMO EdgeClip and EdgeXClip create a fastener-free deck surface that installs in half the time of other clip systems, the manufacturer says. For a 5X faster installation, they can use the CAMO DRIVE tool and its clip guide to fasten EdgeClips and EdgeXClips. CAMO DRIVE—the collated stand-up deck fastening tool—is designed to get contractors off their knees, saving their back, and has three guides to fasten CAMO face screws, CAMO Edge Screws and CAMO EdgeClips. Each package of CAMO’s new Starter Clips covers 30 linear feet and contains 25 clips and 25 screws manufactured with 304 Stainless Steel for superior corrosion resistance.


Woodtone’s Wall + Ceiling Collection
Available via Weyerhaeuser Distribution, Woodtone’s Wall + Ceiling collection was developed to enhance the character of any home with real wood paneling for walls and ceilings. It is also designed to help save time and cost during installation. This collection is made up of three profiles—traditional v-groove, fineline square edge, and refined shiplap; finished with various primer, stain and solid color coating options.


APEX u-GUARD bit holder
APEX u-GUARD accessories offer free-spinning covers designed to improve ergonomics and increase operator safety by significantly reducing or eliminating pinch points during glove use. The u-GUARD is made from thermo-plastic urethane material which, despite its thin cross-section, the product is said to provide a robust cushion against costly incidental side impacts, in-system damage, and marring. Each tool features a unique “free-spinning” design that allows the molded skin to rotate independently of the socket, bit, or extension spinning inside, so workers can grip the skin and avoid potentially harmful contact with the contained tool. This enhances productivity, reduces worker fatigue, and protects against potential safety hazards that result from rotational friction.


Qora cladding crafted by Arcitell
Qora cladding is designed to provide builders with the time-honored look of brick, stone, or cedar but in a simple, fast, and cost-effective cladding solution. A combined rigid foam core and fiberglass-reinforced compound is surfaced with genuine source materials to make Qora look as authentic as the real thing. Qora’s patented materials and unique designs create a lightweight and durable product. Most Qora cladding panels weigh between 2 and 3 pounds per square foot which is a fraction of the weight of comparable traditional materials, the company says. Qora cladding panels are cut and fastened with general carpentry skills. Professional bricklayers or stone masons are not required, resulting in significantly less labor hours, according to the manufacturer.


Green Douglas-fir timbers from Humboldt Redwood
Better known for its redwood capabilities, Humboldt Redwood also manufactures and distributes high-quality green Douglas-fir from the same timberlands the company owns in Northern California. Sawmills in Scotia and Ukiah, California manufacture solid sawn lumber, timbers, and uppers. Finished goods are available direct from the mills, as well as through company-owned distribution locations in Northern and Southern California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. Customer orders ship via truck and rail. Humboldt Redwood specializes in Douglas-fir timbers. Rough timbers are available in 4″, 6″, and 8″ dimension, #1&Better FOHC Full Sawn, in lengths from 8′ to 20′. Surfaced timbers are available in nominal 3″, 4″, and 6″ dimensions, in a variety of grades and lengths.


Brinno BCC200 construction camera
The BCC200 camera was developed for construction and building supply companies and workers. The BCC is a professional construction camera that gives all the components users need to shoot professional outdoor projects. The bundle is made up of the Brinno HDR TimeLapse Camera, a dustproof weather-resistant housing unit, an industrial-grade aeronautical aluminum alloy clamp, and a bungee cord. The BCC200 takes videos both during the day and at night. With a battery life of 80 days, this camera is designed for job site monitoring, performance quality monitoring, and creating marketing content.

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