Volume 45, Issue 9 - November/December  2006

Product Focus

LUMBER

Wider-Flange BCI® Joist Products
Boise Engineered Wood Products of Boise, Idaho, has introduced several new BCI Joist products with wider flanges than the ones they replace. 

The company says its new I-joist products have the widest nailing surface in the industry, which makes them easy and fast to install. They also perform as high as the ones they replace at no additional cost. 

The BCI 400 series was replaced by the new BCI 5000 line, which has a width half an inch wider than the previous line. BCI 6000 replaced BCI 450, with an increased flange width jumping from 1 ¾ inches to 2 5/16 inches. BCI 6500 replaced BCI 500, with an increased flange width of 2 9/16 inches. 

A++ For Plywood
Georgia-Pacific, a producer of plywood based in Atlanta, says its Plytanium® Thermostat® radiant barrier roof sheathing is more impact-resistant than other wood-based roof sheathing panels. The panels hold nails securely and reinforce a home’s frame to keep it strong.

Additionally, the roof sheathing is stiffer, has less long-term sag and holds fasteners better than other wood-based roof sheathing panels, according to the company. The bending stiffness of the plywood panels is 10 percent greater than oriented strand board (OSB) of the same thickness.

The panels resist moisture and the effects of moisture better than other wood-based panel products. They are constructed by alternating the direction of the grain between adjacent layers, which maximizes stiffness in the strength axis and minimizes shrinking and swelling. The panels are also 15 to 19 percent lighter than OSB. 

TRIM PRODUCTS

AZEK® Goes to the Mill
AZEK Trimboards of Moosic, Pa., has developed AZEK to Mill™ (ATM) for builders and custom millwork firms. The company says it’s the only 1 ¼-inch thick board that affords the millwork shop or builder a tremendous time and labor savings on laminating several boards together. 

ATM is available in 1 ¼- by 9 ¼-inch by 18-foot board and 1 ¼- by 48- by 9-inch sheet sizes, making it easy to fabricate thick items such as window sills. With a 25-year warranty, the trim boards hold the building code report ESR-1074. 

Get Trim with WindsorONE™
WindsorONE’s finger-jointed S4SSE trim boards work well in rake, fascia, soffit and band board applications. Boards can also be used to trim out doors and windows. Precision edges and smooth, knot-free surfaces on all four edges allow S4SSE boards to be used in almost all exterior trim projects. 

The boards are double-primed with 100-percent acrylic latex primer on all six sides, leaving painters with less prep work to do and ultimately saving time and money for contractors and homeowners alike. According to Flynn, boards installed outdoors can last up to a year without needing a topcoat. 

SOFTWARE

Stay on Track with bisTrack™
Progressive Solutions Inc. of Richmond, British Columbia, has released Scan Track™, a document-scanning and management software add-on to augment bisTrack™ information storage and processing capabilities.

The new software minimizes paperwork, storage space, and scanned documents can be viewed, printed or e-mailed by any bisTrack user, according to the company.

Scan Track is integrated tightly with bisTrack so that scanning and document management are controlled directly from bisTrack. 

SHINGLES

TAMKO Gets the Look of Real Wood Shake
TAMKO Building Products Inc. of Joplin, Mo., has introduced its Heritage Vintage premium asphalt shingles, the latest addition to its Heritage Series. 

The new product is designed to portray the look of real wood shake with its striking cuts and angular lines. The shingles are backed by a 50-year limited warranty, and are available in five unique color options—weathered wood, charcoal, redwood, fossil grey, and chestnut—that enable homeowners to choose a roofing color that complements a home’s architecture. 

EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY

Stand Firm on Ladder-Max®
Designed to reduce liability and increase work efficiency, the Ladder-Max stabilizer from Ladder-Max LLC. of Dalton Gardens, Idaho, can be used for all employees and sub-contractors’ ladders. 

The stand-off stabilizer is a universal ladder attachment that weighs approximately seven pounds. The patent-pending invention was designed to provide optimal ladder safety and overall access to a particular work area, thereby assuring a greater sense of stability.

At a width of 39 inches and boasting a full 19-inch stand-off from any sidewall or roof, the product gives contractors a natural angle from which to work, as well as the ability to avoid damaging shingles, gutters and siding. 

DOORS

All-in-One Kit
Pemko Manufacturing of Ventura, Calif., offers a pocket frame kit. A recent addition to the company’s product line, it says this kit’s extruded aluminum track stays rust-free, while sturdy extruded-aluminum reinforced studs minimize bowing and keep structural integrity intact. 

Needle-bearing nylon-bodied hangers are encased in sealed housings to protect against dust, dirt and moisture, so doors roll smoothly and silently. 

The kit’s hardware supports wood and metal doors up to 200 pounds.

DOOR AND CABINETRY HARDWARE

Going Back to 1930s Design
Hickory Hardware of Portland, Tenn., has added its Zephyr line of decorative cabinet hardware to its offerings. Inspired by the industrial style of the 1930s, the line includes knobs and pulls in an assortment of finishes and sizes. 

Zephyr comes in three distinctive finish options: satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze highlighted, and Venetian bronze. It includes 1-inch and 1-1/4-inch knobs, and 3-inch, 96- and 128-millimeter pulls. 

STAIR COMPONENTS

Stairtek Steps Up 
Stairtek® of Newport, Ky., has introduced its pre-finished wood stairs for new homes throughout North America. The pre-finished wood treads and risers boost the perceived value of a new home and “color-blend” beautifully with most pre-finished hardwood floors, according to information from the company. 

The stair systems can be installed very early in the homebuilding process, thanks to a protective layer of hardboard covered with water-resistant cardboard. A builder can wait until just before the move-in date to lift the protective layer, revealing a flawless staircase. The protected staircase can also provide easy access during construction to the second floor than a make-shift, cut-in staircase.

The stair systems include regular treads, return-mitered treads, starting treads, risers, nosing and cove moldings that can be used by the stair builder to assemble the staircase offsite or install at the job site. 

Stairtek stair systems are backed by a 25-year warranty for residential wear resistance.

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