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Product Picks: January 2023

Jan 17, 2024Jan 17, 2024

In partnership with LARSON, Therma-Tru recently released its Impressions integrated storm and entry door system. According to Therma-Tru, this integrated storm and entry door system is the first of its kind, with the storm door integrated flush into the brickmould portion of the door frame, thus creating a seamless look. The storm door comes with an interchangeable screen, allowing ample fresh air into the home, and is available in a selection of colors that are matched to Therma-Tru PrismaGuard paint or stain.

Made with a proprietary blend of polymers and fly ash, TruExterior Siding's Craftsman Collection from Westlake Royal Building Products combines authentic looks with high performance and low maintenance. According to the manufacturer, the siding offers a high level of dimensional stability while resisting warping, cracking, and splitting. It requires no sealing of ends or cuts in the field, can be used in ground-contact applications, and can be painted any color, including dark hues.

WeatherLogic Seam and Flashing Sealant from LP Building Solutions is a liquid-applied flashing material certified to AAMA 714-19 and is reported to be the only liquid-applied sealant approved to seal the panel seams between LP WeatherLogic panels as part of the LP WeatherLogic system. The sealant can also be used to flash window and door openings, material transitions, and penetrations of any shape. According to LP, the product boasts quick tooling and cure time to better service the fast-paced environment of a construction site. The sealant has a 10 – 15-minute tooling time, 110-minute surface tack time and, depending on conditions, will fully cure in 24 hours. Other benefits include being VOC compliant and having joint movement of ±50% for added flexibility.

New from Barrette Outdoor Living (a division of Oldcastle APG), Elevation Rail is a horizontal cable railing that the manufacturer claims can be installed 38% faster than the leading competition. The cable rail system is available as pre-assembled kits with pre-installed brackets and pre-strung, stainless-steel cables, and it features Barrette's patent-pending OneTen built-in centralized tensioning system that is reported to eliminate the need to tension each cable individually and decrease the need for seasonal adjustments. Elevation Rail offers a continuous top rail for both stair and level applications, and adjustable panels that span up to six feet, enabling the railing to be installed indoors or outdoors without obstructing views.

New for 2023, Vista Composite Decking from Deckorators features vertical grain variegation with enhanced traction for increased slip resistance. Available in four colors (Ironwood, Driftwood, Silverwood, and Dunewood) and in 12′, 16′, and 20′. lengths in solid- and grooved edge profiles, Deckorators reports the Vista line as offering ultimate design flexibility, including the option to mix-and-match two or more colors to create a custom outdoor space. Vista Composite Decking also features a scratch resistant cap with a strong, dense composite core, a 25-year structural warranty, a 25-year stain and fade warranty, and a 25-year removal and replacement warranty.

DryerWallVent from InOvate Dryer Products is a new lowprofile, zero-airflow resistance vent wall for a home's exterior. The low-profile unit is designed to be visually unobtrusive while still providing protection against harsh elements and curious wildlife. According to the manufacturer, because of its zero-airflow resistance that decreases the build-up of flammable lint, DryerWallVent is more efficient compared to traditional dryer vents. The DryerWallVent is available in four colors, is paintable, and meets or exceeds all code requirements for safely venting a dryer.

Digger Specialties Inc. recently introduced its new Westbury line of columns that include aluminum, composite, and fiberglass as well as aluminum and vinyl support posts. A variety of aesthetic column designs—both structural and non-structural—are available that include round, raised and recessed panels, craftsman, square, and fluted columns. Westbury aluminum columns are available in 12 standard colors. According to the manufacturer, they’re designed for ease of installation and can also serve the function of providing a wrap over existing wood or other structural supports for a classic and more beautiful, weather resistant, and durable upgrade. Westbury columns come with a lifetime limited warranty from DSI.

CertainTeed's RoofRunner AIR is a breathable synthetic roof underlayment with a multilayer coated structure that the manufacturer says promotes rapid roof deck drying. According to CertainTeed, RoofRunner AIR is designed with unique permeable layers that allow moisture to pass through to help prevent mold, rot, and structural damage over time. The product is made for use on roof decks as a water-resistant layer beneath asphalt roofing shingles, helping to maintain a dry and healthy roof deck. In addition, RoofRunner AIR has a flexible grip to the deck, helping to reduce the chance for fastener pulls as installers maneuver on the roof during shingle installation.

FastenMaster, a division of OMG, Inc., has launched a newly reimagined online destination for PRO contractors. According to FastenMaster, its new site has been designed to provide professional contractors, specifiers, engineers, and framers with quick access to product information, technical documentation, product support content such as the popular "Ask the FastenMaster" videos, as well as purchasing information at thousands of locations nationwide. In addition, the new website platform enables unique interactive experiences, such as the all-new and exclusive Decking Color Match tool that enables PROs and lumberyards to select from hundreds of composite decking boards supported by FastenMaster and instantly see which plugs, clips, and screws are a match for the specific board and color.

MoistureShield Meridian capped composite decking from Oldcastle APG offers enhanced moisture and scratch resistance while maintaining an authentic wood aesthetic. According to the manufacturer, its proprietary Solid Core manufacturing process protects against moisture absorption, warping, rotting, and damage from insects. Meridian's premium colors include Catalina (a soft gray-beige tone), Citadel (a cool gray shown), Shoreside (a variegated golden sandy blonde), and dark-brown Mariner. Catalina, Citadel and Shoreside include MoistureShield's proprietary CoolDeck technology that is claimed to reduce heat absorption by up to 35% compared to traditional capped composite boards in a similar color. Meridian decking is offered square-edged or grooved, and in 12′, 16′, and 20′ lengths.

The UFP-Edge Pro Column is an engineered structural post made from fingerjoined SPF lumber. This structural support post can be used for a variety of interior and exterior applications in both new construction and repair/remodeling projects. According to the manufacturer, the posts are made with the look and feel of solid wood, come primed and end sealed, and with a combed or re-sawn surface. They’re available in a variety of sizes and lengths up to 12′ (with special orders up to 16′. for 6×6 and 8×8 widths), and come with a 15-year limited warranty.

New from Outlive, Millboard decking combines the natural beauty of real wood with the performance of polyurethane. Hand-molded from natural timbers, Millboard decking features a polymer core reinforced with fiberglass. According to the manufacturer, these boards require minimal maintenance, are slip-resistant, and won't warp or rot from moisture decay, algae, or insects. Available in a variety of colors and textures, each board is hand-colored in the realistic tonal shades and grains in three collections: Enhanced Grain is molded from actual oak boards for a textured look and feel; Weathered Oak is molded from oak boards that are over a century old; and Lasta-Grip combines the appearance of the Enhanced Grain collection with the addition of a unique slip-resistant texture.

Ox Engineered Products’ new ToughSkin HT Ice and Water Guard is a self-adhered, slip-resistant roof underlayment that the manufacturer says can last for 75 years. It features a rubberized asphalt adhesive base layer, woven and non-woven reinforcement layers (laminated together), a UV-shielded waterproof layer, and an anti-slip top layer. The product also features overlapping adhesive sealing strips at the seams for enhanced water resistance along with a lightweight split release liner made from siliconized film for easier installation. According to Ox, ToughSkin HT will not soften or degrade under high heat, and it can be used as an underlayment on all sloped roof coverings including under slate, tile, cedar shakes, metal, and traditional asphalt shingles.

RDB Solutions specializes in integrated software solutions for the lumber wholesale, remanufacturing, treatment processing, and distribution center industries. Its Lumber Expert platform is a Microsoft Windows-based program that encompasses all functions including order management, inventory management, accounting, and financial reporting. It also includes a trader-specific solution called Trader Expert that the company says is easy to use and gives traders the tools they need to get the job done with features such as account management, order management, inventory management, shipping information including dispatch inquiries, and dashboard data.

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