Product Picks: January 2018

By / January 8, 2018

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

CertainTeed Restoration Millwork

CertainTeed® Restoration Millwork® Line of Cellular PVC Trim

The latest additions to the Restoration Millwork line of exterior trim from CertainTeed are made of high-quality cellular PVC and designed to have the look, feel and utility of top-grade lumber, but with aesthetic and performance advantages unmatched by wood. The New England Sill features a flat surface designed to provide contractors with more flexibility when framing out window openings. The Water Table Trim is said to have the look of the days when it was common to use a horizontal element as a transition between the foundation and the house. Restoration Millwork Water Table Trim performs this aesthetic function while also helping to keep water away from the foundation by directing it out from the wall via a groove on the underside of the trim. www.certainteed.com


Hy-Lite Windows

Hy-Lite® Mission Style Window in 2′ x 2′ Size

Hy-Lite now offers a Mission style window in a 2′ x 2′ size. The window is part of the company’s Home Designer Collection series. The fixed units can be stacked vertically, run horizontally, or installed in different creative fashions for larger spaces. The windows can also be used singularly. The Mission style window is constructed with silkscreened tempered privacy glass and clear diamond shapes on the interior. The fixed unit is finished with textured privacy glass on the exterior. In addition to the new 24″ x 24″ size, the Mission style window also comes in both a 48″ x 48″ size and a 48″ x 12″ size. Each window is constructed with a multi-chambered heavy-duty vinyl frame in either white, tan, driftwood or bronze. The windows come with a nail fin, or nail fin and J-Channel. www.hy-lite.com


Zinsser exterior primer

Zinsser Exterior Wood Primer from Rust-Oleum

Rust-Oleum is expanding on Zinsser’s trusted line of primers with the addition of Zinsser Exterior Wood Primer. This water-based primer is designed for new and previously painted wood trim, siding, fencing and more. It is said to excel at blocking tannin stains from cedar, redwood and other bleeding woods. This primer provides adhesion while still remaining flexible and can be applied in low temperatures. The product is said to have fast dry times to help with quicker project completion. www.rustoleum.com/zinsser


AGS Stainless dual-post

Dual-Post Connecting System from AGS Stainless

AGS Stainless, Inc. has introduced a dual-post connecting system for the Rainier line of custommade, prefabricated stainless steel railing systems suitable for institutional, commercial, and residential applications. By positively connecting two posts together at the end of each run, this new reinforcement system reduces deflection from the tensioned cables. This, in turn, allows for higher tension which is said to increase safety and minimize sagging of the cable infill. www.agsstainless.com


Benjamin Obdyke

Benjamin Obdyke’s FlatWrap® UV

Benjamin Obdyke’s FlatWrap UV is a commercial-grade water-resistive barrier (housewrap) with enhanced UV and tear-resistance. FlatWrap UV is specially designed for use with architectural designs that incorporate “open joint claddings,” which typically leave the WRB exposed to sunlight. The product features a highperformance tri-laminate design with enhanced UV resistance versus typical weather-resistant barriers. The black color of the housewrap is said to enhance the aesthetic appeal to open joint architecture—allowing for discreet shadow lines between the panels—and does not contain any logos or branding. When used in conjunction with a rainscreen wall, the product is designed to provide superior bulk water drainage, exceptional vapor permeability, and durability to protect the sheathing for the life of the building. www.benjaminobdyke.com


Stock Systems CRM

Stock Systems CRM

Stock Systems bills itself as the modern platform for modern LBM businesses. Said to be the only cloud-based platform for the industry, Stock Systems was built from scratch by experienced LBM veterans with more than 50 years of experience operating lumberyards. Stock is designed to enable businesses to schedule deliveries and save both time and money with route optimization (Stock Logistics), track orders, inventory, and conduct e-commerce (Stock Inventory), and manage the entire customer base—both prospective and current (Stock Sales CRM). On average, the company says, businesses realize more than $80 in sales for every $1 spent with Stock. www.stocksystems.com


MiTek Firewall Hanger

MiTek’s Expanded Firewall Hanger Series

MiTek has expanded the FWH Fire Wall Hanger series to include the higher load carrying capacity FWHBP, the Fire Wall Hanger for Beams and Purlins. The FWHBP can transfer loads of more than 5,700 lbs. into supporting walls by bearing on the wall’s top plates and directly attaching to the stud pack or post below. As with the FWH hanger, the design allows users to install the hangers before the drywall is attached, which is said to in turn allow projects to be completely framed-up and weathertight before the drywall sheathing shows up on site. www.mitekbuilderproducts.com


Tru-Post planter basket

TRU-POST Planter Basket Accessory

The planter basket accessory from TRU-POST is a powder-coated steel basket with a powder-coated aluminum stem. The 14″ coco liner basket is designed to support plants that cascade over a fence or deck post. Coco liner is included. TRU-POST planter baskets are designed to fit various fence and railing post sizes as well as any flat wood or deck surface with TRU-POST’s universal mount. www.tru-post.com


Epicor BisTrack

Epicor updates BisTrack

Epicor has announced general availability of two new Epicor BisTrack applications— Epicor BisTrack Price Checker and Epicor BisTrack Warehouse Management for Android devices—for users of the business management software for LBM dealers and distributors in North America. BisTrack Price Checker is a new application developed to give a business’s customers access to instantly learn product prices. With this self-service, customers can scan barcodes, view prices on a mountable terminal display, and even print item labels throughout the retail store. BisTrack Warehouse Management, now available for Android devices, is a bundle package that consists of the BisTrack Count, BisTrack Picking, and BisTrack Receipt applications—featuring a responsive design that is said to support devices of any size. www.epicor.com/products/bistrack


Safe-Way garage doors

New Window options for Safe-Way Garage Doors

Safe-Way Doors has released new updates to its garage door lines. The Ambient door line now includes pencil groove doors with “residential style” windows. The Ambient line is marketed toward both residential and commercial use, with a heavy-duty construction resulting in an R-Value of 17.68. The Regency Madera line is now available with both pencil grooves and “commercial style” windows as options. The Regency Madera, designed to replicate the look of natural stained wood in either oak or rosewood, is constructed of heavy gauge steel, and insulated with polystyrene for an R-Value of 10.25. www.safewaydoor.com


UFP ThermalStar

UFP ThermalStar X-Grade Insulation

Universal Forest Products’ ThermalStar X-Grade rigid insulation is said to provide equal thermal performance to XPS for non-load bearing applications, without the extra plastic. According to the manufacturer, ThermalStar X-Grade’s thermal properties are designed to not degrade over time, allowing the R-value to remain the same over its entire service life, and it’s claimed to have the ability to dry much faster than XPS, allowing it to remain drier during conditions of repeated exposure to moisture. X-Grade has termiticide and a wax matrix that is integrated during the manufacturing process. ThermalStar X-Grade does not contain any ozonedepleting gases, creating zero global warming potential. www.thermalstar.com


Deckorators Fastendry

Deckorators® Fastendry System

Deckorators has introduced a system that combines weatherproofing and deck board fastening capability in one solution and is said to enable contractors to add under-deck living space or storage in a faster, easier and more cost-effective way. Fastendry fits in the slotted edges of Deckorators composite decking, forming a watertight seal designed to prevent rain, melting snow and debris from passing through the spaces between boards. The polymer insert also features nail flanges that allow for efficient deck board fastening during system installation. Deckorators Fastendry is designed to complement Deckorators Vault, Heritage, Vista, Classic and Frontier slotted-edge deck boards. It will be available for the 2018 decking season in black 12′, 16′ and 20′ lengths. Deckorators Fastendry is covered by a 25-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects. www.deckorators.com/fastendry


RoyOMartin barrier

Eclipse™ Weather Resistant Barrier from RoyOMartin

RoyOMartin has expanded its Eclipse line of OSB sheathing products. Eclipse Weather Resistant Barrier (WRB) is a tape-and-panel wall-sheathing solution designed to help builders save time and money by integrating housewrap and reflective insulation into a single structural panel, available in extended lengths. With a 180-day exposure rating, Eclipse WRB offers a Class B fire rating and is ideal for a variety of commercial and residential projects. Rounding out the line are RoyOMartin’s other housewrap alternatives: Eclipse Air & Moisture Barrier, and Eclipse OSB Radiant Barrier, for use in roof applications. All three Eclipse products are rated by APA – The Engineered Wood Association, verified by RIMA-I, and available Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified. www.royomartin.com


WeatherShield BiFold Door

Weather Shield Bi-Fold Doors and Windows

Weather Shield Windows & Doors has upgraded bi-fold patio doors and windows with expanded sill options, new hardware choices and new energy efficiency capabilities, described as meeting all ENERGY STAR® requirements throughout the U.S. With a flexible configuration and multiple styles and design options, bi-fold windows and doors are designed to offer new options for opening living spaces. The upgraded windows and doors are available for the Contemporary Collection™ as well as the Premium Series™ product lines. The bi-fold windows are available in a maximum width of 24′ and height of 6′-6″. The bi-fold doors are available in a maximum width of 24′ and height of 10′. Warrantied for 20 years, and against wood rot on all clad products for 30 years. www.weathershield.com


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