Hot Products from the 2017 International Builders’ Show

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Hot Products 2017 IBS
For manufacturers, the International Builders’ Show serves as the annual “big unveil” to show off their latest innovations. This year’s show, held Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, didn’t disappoint. With 569,000 sq. ft. of exhibits and more than 1,500 exhibitors, there were plenty of new products and improvements on existing products. Notable this year was an increased focus on apps and software from traditional building product manufacturers like MiTek, AZEK, Boise and Simpson Strong-Tie. The following pages feature 50 companies whose “something new” caught our eye. Due to space constraints, consider this a glimpse into what’s new. The listings are in no particular order. – The Editors


SupplyPro Mobile
SupplyPro from Hyphen Solutions
Hyphen Solutions’ SupplyPro app works in tandem with its BuildPro program to make sure that builders and suppliers can view job schedules in real-time, receive schedule and change notifications, purchase order information, access job documents and invoices efficiently. Includes optimized scheduling, communication, accounting and reporting in a digital, cloud-based solution for builders, suppliers and internal teams. Hyphen’s BidConnect also allows suppliers to have instant access to builder bid requests. SupplyPro is accessible online in a secure cloud-hosted environment. www.hyphensolutions.com


Grayne's Red Cedar
Grayne’s 7.5″ Red Cedar Shingle
The new shingle from Grayne and manufactured by The Tapco Group offers the appearance of natural cedar without the maintenance. The new 7.5″ Red Cedar profile and color palette expands Grayne’s line of natural cedar siding replacement products. The shingle’s graining patterns on moisture-resistant cellular PVC has been developed to highlight natural depth and shadows to contribute to an authentic look. Designed to not splinter, rot, delaminate, or swell, Grayne’s shingles can be installed in direct contact with the ground. Colors include Aged Grey, Heritage Grey, Harvest Shade, Treated Cedar, Tuscan Gold and Vintage Brown. A paintable version is offered in both 5″ White Cedar and 7.5″ Red Cedar. www.grayne.com


MoistureShield Infuse Decking
MoistureShield® Infuse Decking
MoistureShield’s Infuse composite decking contains the company’s CoolDeck® technology, developed to optimize heat reflection. The boards are said to absorb up to 35% less heat than conventional capped composites in similar colors. Boards are manufactured with an exclusive Co-X™ process, designed to feature a realistic wood-grain finish and color variegation. Available in 1×6 deck boards of 12′, 16′ and 20′ lengths and 12′ fascia boards. MoistureShield composites can be installed on the ground, in ground or under water, while still protected by a lifetime residential warranty and 25-year fade and stain warranty. www.moistureshield.com


Weyerhaeuser Diamond™ Subfloor Panel
Weyerhaeuser Diamond™ Subfloor Panel
Weyerhaeuser’s new oriented strand board subfloor panel is designed to provide wet weather performance, strength and nail retention to help eliminate squeaky floors. Available on the East Coast this spring, Diamond features patented Down Pore® self-draining technology with a notch-and-groove system to channel water away from the end of the panel and supports, draining standing water that had gathered during construction. The product’s fully-sanded face is designed to assure uniform thickness. The panel is protected by a 500-day no-sand guarantee. www.weyerhaeuser.com


Feeney Tensioner Tool
CableRail Tensioning Tool from Feeney
Feeney’s new CableRail Tensioning Tool aims to make CableRail installations faster and easier. The tool’s reported 6x-increased power pulls the cable taut and reduces the need for additional tensioning at the threaded terminal end, which according to the company saves installation time and leaves more thread for any future adjustments. A built-in tension indicator simplifies tool operation and is designed to ensure consistent tension is applied to the cable. www.feeneyinc.com


Royal® Building Products
Royal® Building Products Zuri® Grooved Boards
Zuri Grooved Boards are now available as a part of the Zuri Premium Decking by Royal Building Products. The newlyengineered grooved boards offer a hidden fastener application with prethreaded screws for faster installation. The grooved boards also provide two options for a finished look with tighter seams between the boards—a 3/32″ spacing or a 3/16″ gap. Available in 5/4 x 5-1/2″-wide board in 12′, 16′ and 20′ lengths. All Zuri products, including Grooved Boards, are available in Chestnut, Walnut, Pecan, Brazilian and Weathered Gray colors and carry a 25-year color-fastness warranty. www.royalbuildingproducts.com


Ply Gem 4880 Patio Door
Ply Gem 4880 Patio Door
The 4880 thermally insulated patio door features a new automated opening feature that allows homeowners to control the door with a remote control or with smart phones and home Wi-Fi network. The doors are available in two-, three- and four-panel sliding and pocket configurations with highperformance glazing packages. Sliding, multi-panel openings up to 8′ high and 16′ wide are designed with transitional living experiences in mind, while the pocket style fully recesses into the wall for complete unrestricted access between indoors and outdoors. Ply Gem doors meet or exceed new Florida Energy Code requirements and are available in impact-resistant configurations to meet ASTM Windborne Debris requirements. www.plygem.com


Simpson Strong-Tie
Decorative Hardware from Simpson Strong-Tie
Simpson Strong-Tie’s new Outdoor Accents® line of connectors and fasteners is designed to provide structural strength while offering the look of bolt-fastened construction. The load-rated hardware accommodates 4x and 6x lumber sizes. The mission style connectors include post bases, strap ties and angles, and are made from galvanized steel with a black powder-coat finish. The fasteners are all exterior rated and feature a black powder-coat finish. The hex-head washer that is used with a structural wood screw offers the look of a bolted connection with the installation ease of a screw. The patent-pending design of the washer makes for an easier and significantly faster installation compared to through-bolting. It is code listed (IAPMO UES ER-192) and is designed exclusively to help fasten Outdoor Accents post bases, T and L straps, and angles. www.strongtie.com


Tando’s TandoShake
Tando’s TandoShake™ SignatureStain Collection
Tando shake and stone products, marketed as TandoShake and TandoStone™ are manufactured with SignatureStain, a technology that imparts semi-transparent stain to the polymer shake product line. TandoShake is designed to look like real wood, combining technologies from Novik and Exteria Building Products, two companies that combined last year and produce the newly-released Tando products. The SignatureStain collection consists of six colors developed with a proprietary UV protection that allows for what the company calls an industry-leading warranty. www.tandobp.com


AZEK 3D Deck Designer Tool
AZEK 3D Deck Designer Tool
AZEK has launched its Deck Designer tool to help dealers, contractors and homeowners visualize deck designs. Deck Designer allows users to create, revise and save as many interactive deck designs as they want before making a final purchase decision. Users can choose from hundreds of different options and personalize their deck, visualize the product in a variety of 3D environments, and receive a list of required tools and construction tips as well as a components and materials list and an installation checklist. Users can access the design tool on a web browser as well as a downloadable app. www.azek.com

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