Products Picks: August 2016

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

Versatex Tapered Column-wrapNew Versatex Column Wrap Styles

Versatex Building Products, LLC has introduced two new column-wrap designs to expand the range of weatherproof options for cladding unfinished structural posts. The additions to the VERSAWRAP trim system offer the choice of a traditional raised-panel effect or a tapered profile. Wraps are made of zero-maintenance PVC. Both the Versatex columns and VERSAWRAP trim are designed to be easy to assemble, with permanent, full- length, snap-together closures. All components are manufactured of matte-finished cellular PVC. All four sides of the one-piece raised-panel wrap feature rectangular upper and lower sections separated by flat surfaces, designed for easy railing attachment. The wrap is initially sold in 6″x6″ and 8″x8″ widths, both with 8’5″ or 10′ lengths. Versatex’s four- piece, tapered wrap kit will be sold in two sizes: 16″ at base, tapering to 12″ at the top, and 12″ at base tapering to 8″ at top. Both are available in 5′ or 6′ lengths.

Wainscot Moulding Showcase from Metrie

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Metrie waiscotMetrie has added Wainscot moulding to each of its five Then & Now Finishing Collections, the professionally designed collections of interior trim and doors. This new offering aims to provide professionals and homeowners with finishing options to design unique wall paneling in any space. The coordinated paint-grade profiles and boards have been designed and engineered to reduce the effort associated with planning, selecting and fitting appropriate products together to construct a wall paneling section. Then & Now Finishing Collection designs include Contemporary Living Room, Elegant Hallway, Traditional Study, Natural Kitchen and Modern Living Room.

Milwaukee Tape MeasureNew Tape Measures From Milwaukee Tool

Milwaukee Tool introduces its new line of magnetic tape measures with finger stop. The new tape measure lineup is designed with improved ergonomics. Improved finger stop protects users’ fingers during retraction. The redesigned shell is said to better fit in a users hand. A more compact magnetic hook was developed for measurements in smaller spaces. Milwaukee Tool’s new tape measures feature two-sided printing with blueprint scale, along with a proprietary nylon bond blade protection and a five-point reinforced frame for drop protection. The new tape measures are available in 16′, 25′, 30′, 35′, and in 4m/16′ 8m/26′ varieties, all with finger stops.

Exteria Creek LedgestoneCreek Ledgestone Premium from Exteria

Exteria’s new Creek Ledgestone Premium is available in a variety of style options including various colors and textures, in a rustic look designed to combine field and ledgestone set with a wide mortar. Creek Ledgestone Premium is designed to be installed quickly and easily. A proprietary coating design protects against harmful UV rays and is said to ensure a longer-lasting finish that weathers evenly over time. With is Grit finish, Creek Ledgestone Premium is designed to have a look and feel of old-world masonry, in five color choices. Developed to be impervious to moisture, Creek Ledgestone Premium can also be used for ground contract applications. All Exteria Creek Ledgestone Premium products are covered by a limited lifetime transferrable warranty.

MoistureShield® RefineTM

MoistureShield RefineMoistureShield Refine is designed to combine natural aesthetics and advanced durability. Refine enhances MoistureShield’s proprietary moisture-resistant core with an added layer of protection. Refine’s integrated cap also is engineered to hide wear and tear with enhanced fade and stain resistance. Each Refine board features natural variegation and high definition wood-grain detail. MoistureShield Refine
is available in 1″x6″ (nominal) deck boards of 12′, 16′ and 20′ lengths and 12′ fascia boards. MoistureShield decking is engineered to be installed on the ground, in the ground or underwater, while still covered by a lifetime residential warranty and 25- year fade and stain warranty.

DeckWise WiseWrapDeckWise® WiseWrapTM Self-Adhesive, Self-Sealing Deck Flashing

DeckWise has added two new lines of polyethylene waterproof wood flashing tape rolls. Both products are a self-sealing rubberized peel-and-stick adhesive designed to prevent wood moisture damage and also to self-seal around fasteners. WiseWrap JoistTape is designed to create a waterproof seal when applied to the top of deck joists. When JoistTape is placed between treated (or hardwood) lumber and decking, it is said to prevent water from gathering and thereby stops rot. JoistTape is designed to be used on pressure treated joists or metal joist framing. The product also acts as a noise reducer towards future squeaky deck boards. JoistTape is available in 3″x75′ rolls. WiseWrap LedgerTape is available in a 12″x25′ roll and is designed to protect against water damage on ledger boards from siding runoff and the elements.

Thermory PaCSTM Cladding System

Thermory PaCS Cladding SystemThermally-modified wood producer Thermory has announced the release of PaCS—Press and Click System—a new system that is designed to provide rain screen benefits and is said to be quickly and easily installed. PaCS is an installation system designed around PVC furring strips with pre-attached hidden installation clips. PaCS delivers preset spacing for automatic alignment that is said to quickly snap into place, offering 350lbs resistance per clip and the proper ventilation gap from the wall. Designed especially for use with Thermory cladding and without any screws or visible hardware, PaCS has been developed to combine the look of cladding with the benefits of a rain screen installation, while reducing installation costs.

Coast DX211 Pro Razor KnifeCoast DX211 Pro Razor Knife

Coast developed the DX211 knife in effort to prevent razor blade-related accidents, which the company says are among the most frequently cited work accidents. The new DX211 Pro Razor Knife features a lock open with both the liner lock, which engages automatically when the blade is opened, and the proprietary, new double lock mechanism. The knife handle is constructed of fiberglass filled nylon and features a texture for grip and for ease of pulling motion. Each knife includes three extra blades with thumb studs for ambidextrous opening. Knives are fitted for standard sized double-ended utility blades. Coast DK211 is 7.4″ long when opened and 4.9″ closed and weighs 5.8 ounces. Backed by a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Cordless Metal Connector Nailer

Dewalt 20V Max XR NailerNew Versatex Column Wrap StylesDEWALT’s Cordless Metal Connector Nailer is powered strictly by a Lithium Ion battery. The nailer drives industry standard 35° paper-collated metal connector nails from 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″ in length and is said to achieve 600 shots per charge with 1-1/2″ nails on a 4.0Ah 20V MAX DEWALT battery. With dual operating modes in both sequential and rapid cycle, the nailer allows the user to choose between sequential for standard operating speed or rapid cycle for faster operation. The 20V MAX* XR® Cordless Metal Connector Nailer with extreme runtime will come standard with a three- year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money- back guarantee.