PRODUCT PICKS: September 2016

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


AQUACRON® 200 Series coating from PPG

PPG has introduced AQUACRON200 Series coating, a waterborne acrylic urethane for exterior building products that is designed to provide protection for wood, fiber glass, plastic, vinyl and composite substrates. The coating can also be formulated with heat-reflective pigments to enhance the durability and appearance of heat-sensitive substrates such as vinyl and PVC. AQUACRON 200 Series is said to offer strong chemical resistance, accelerated cure time and fast block resistance. Custom colors are available to facilitate color matching. AQUACRON 200 Series coating meets specifications for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. Common applications include patio and entry doors, moulding and trim, windows, siding and other exterior building products.

Jeld-Wen EpicVue

JELD-WEN® EpicVue™ Contemporary Windows

New EpicVue contemporary collection windows from JELD-WEN are said to open a number of design opportunities by pairing some of the latest in technology and durability with contemporary style concepts and customization options. EpicVue windows are designed with clean lines and square interior detailing. The design technique is said to leave more glass exposed. The windows’ aluminum extruded sash is built to provide strength and stability and help support the pane. EpicVue windows are designed to let in more natural light with a modern look. The clad-wood windows are crafted with AuraLast®, a proprietary, water-based wood treatment. The EpicVue collection is backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Paintable Grayne

Paintable Grayne Engineered Shake & Shingle

Grayne’s new paintable version of its siding is customizable to a homeowner’s exact color specification. Designed to simulate the look of 5″ natural white cedar shingles, the proprietary surface treatment is said to hold paint better than cedar or other hardboard siding. Grayne paintable shake and shingle is designed to provide the look of cedar without the worries of insect infestation, mildew, rot or warping. The PVC composite material is said to be impervious to moisture. Grayne’s product is said to be less than 1/3 the weight of fiber cement and easier and faster to install than cedar.

Ponderosa Software

Mobile Fleet Manager from Ponderosa Software

Ponderosa Software’s new Mobile Fleet Manager is said to maximize customer service with real-time route optimization and integrated GPS tracking. The webbased software was designed to help LBM dealers and distributors pinpoint delivery times to drive customer service, increase productivity for dispatchers and drivers, and reduce vehicle and fuel expenses. Mobile Fleet Manager is powered by Elite EXTRA, a cloud-based dispatch management solution designed for the lumber and building materials industry. Mobile Fleet Manager allows in-cab communications between drivers and dispatchers to be conducted via tablet or smartphone, eliminating the need for separate black box and in-cab display devices. Features include ability to optimize truck loading, route sequencing and providing dispatchers with real-time delivery tracking and GPS tracking for full driver visibility as well as electronic signature capture and proof of delivery capability including highresolution pictures of delivered goods.

Schweiss Doors

Schweiss Doors hydraulic wind pin

Schweiss Doors is said to have streamlined the process of manually lifting a wind pin that locks a door to a building structure. The newly-engineered automatic hydraulic wind pin allows a user to push the up/down control button or remote opener to open or close the door securely and set the wind pin in place. The hydraulic operated wind pin rises out of the floor socket and the door automatically opens, eliminating the need to manually engage or disengage the wind pin. The wind pin is mounted to the interior frame of the door and extends down into the building floor. The wind pin is designed to eliminate the chance of forgetting to raise the wind pin up, which could result in damage to the door or floor socket.

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