Volume 46, Issue 4 - May 2007

The Next Big Thing


Easy Upgrade and That’s the Truth
Offer your remodeling contractors the ability to upgrade old EntryGard® operators with something more stylish. There are literally millions of Truth Hardware’s EntryGard® Operators out there interfering with window treatments and in need of an updated look, so the company says it now offers a solution that does not require replacing the whole system.

Truth says its new nesting cover and folding-handle design will not interfere with curtains or blinds and is available in a variety of colors and finishes. www.truth.com

Surpass the Joneses
Don’t make your customers go somewhere else to find something different. Modern homeowners want modern door hardware and modern builders need to offer up-to-date options.

Hickory Hardware says its new Designer Collection door hardware features custom-made quality and several new finishes. Each Designer Collection family offers a suite of matching door hardware — including entrance handle-sets, bed and bath, hall and closet, dummy trim, and single and double deadbolts. They’re available in eight new design families that Hickory assures are easy to install, offer long-lasting finishes, have a lifetime mechanical warranty and provide security that meets the industry’s highest standards. www.hickoryhardware.com

Exterior Products

Get on Board
Asia Building Materials Limited, based in Shanghai and Hong Kong, China, offers Cellular Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) trim boards, pattern stock and beaded ceiling with a 25-year limited warranty.

The company has been supplying styrene polymer brick mould to its customers for several years as well as the Paulownia wood species. www.asiabm.com

Customized Products Available
Vi-Lux Plastics Inc. of Napanee, Ontario, offers a variety of interior and exterior moulding profiles, as well as custom extrusion for the door and window industry. Products include many of the popular WM® profiles as well as a variety of brick moulds, including grooved, flat-bottom, flanged and J-channel. 

The company says all Vi-Lux products are made of a durable outer skin with a PVC foam core and come with a comprehensive 25-year limited warranty. 

The company also offers a cut-to-length program (headers and legs cut to your specified length) for both the flat-bottom and grooved-back brick mould. www.vi-lux.com 

In the Groove
Buildex Co. Ltd. of Seoul, South Korea, offers a variety of products, including: jambs, brick moulds, trim boards, reversible V-groove beaded plant and shutter components.

The company says its components are made of Cellular Polyvinyl Chloride, and while there’s no need to, they can be painted without sanding or primer coat. www.buildex21.com

Interior Products

Be a Wrap Star
When Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP in Portland, Ore., designed the University of California Berkeley’s new bio-science building, they wanted the aesthetic look of cedar, but could not use solid wood and still meet the necessary fire codes, so he turned to Contact Industries in Portland, Ore.

Contact’s solution was a Western red cedar wrapped, custom aluminum, metal soffit to provide the look of wood, but the higher fire rating of aluminum. By using veneer wrapping processes, the company says it can get as many as 50 identical products out of a single block of 5/4-inch solid hardwood that would otherwise make a single millwork profile. www.contactind.com 

Challenging Stair Angle? No Problem
The revolutionary new Axxys™ Railing from Creative Railing Systems of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, is a pre-drilled railing, combined with pivoting brackets on the balusters and rail connections. The company says these features simplify installation and accommodate almost any stair angle. 

The pre-drilled hemlock railing can be stained, painted or lacquered. www.creativerailing.com

Moulding and Millwork

What a Profile
Perfect! Wood develops and manufactures superior wood and plastic composite profiles for the building products industry. The company offers exterior wood mouldings that are rot-resistant and won’t warp or split. The company says the mouldings will nail, screw and even saw better than most wood, and will accept paint, glue and stain like real wood. 

In addition, the company offers brick mould in convenient 7-foot lengths. www.perfectwoodprofiles.com 

Formaldehyde-Free Products

Timber Products Co. Launches Green T™ Product Line
In response to an increasing demand for “green” building products, Timber Products Co. of Springfield, Ore., has introduced a new environment-friendly line of hardwood plywood. The company says its new Green T™ panels meet or exceed the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program and are made with three different core materials.

Green T Arreis is a new MDF core product produced with a formaldehyde-free adhesive system and 100-percent post-industrial recycled wood fiber.  Green T Veneer Core uses a cost-effective, no-added urea formaldehyde resin and Green T Particleboard Core offers the same physical properties as the company’s standard particleboard core hardwood panels, but also uses no-added urea formaldehyde resins. www.timberproducts.com 

Glass Products

Under the Tuscan Entryway 
Beveled Glass Designs in Indianapolis introduced its wrought iron series: the Milan and the Tuscany. These arched 8-foot double-door mahogany entries are complemented with wrought iron grills and a choice of clear or seedy insulating glass. The entries are also available with V-grooved panels and clavos as options. www.beveledglassdesigns.com 

Door Components

This Door Can Take a Pounding
Can a door withstand the impact from a 9-pound 2 by 4 fired from an air cannon at 35 mph? CECO Door Products says, “Yes, we can.” Its exterior envelope door components are designed to be used on buildings in wind zones above 120 mph and are tested against certification standards that require the product to do just that.

Designed to exceed even Florida’s stringent new codes, the Milan, Tenn.-based company says all its Windstorm products are third-party certified and tested to the ANSI A250.13 standard with Underwriters Laboratories as well as Florida’s TAS 201, TAS 202, TAS 203 and Dade County’s PA 201, PA202, PA 203.4 www.cecodoor.com 

Impact-Resistant Products

Tie Down for Hurricane Resistance
Quick Tie Products Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla., says it achieved an important milestone recently when AC 369, an Acceptance Criteria for pre-stressed steel cable tie-down assemblies, was approved by the International Code Council-Evaluation Services (ICC-ES). Quick Tie Products Inc. manufacturers a complete offering of structural building hardware designed to resist windstorm forces.

The company says this unique approach to resisting severe hurricane forces has been gaining popularity as builders learn about its inherent ease of installation and economy, designers learn how it provides remarkable strength and minimizes movement and inspection professionals learn the ease and validity of post-installed inspection. www.quicktieproducts.com

Barrier Products

Seamless Performance
Why leave costly gaps in your work when you can provide a seamless insulating barrier? STYROFOAM™ Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) from Dow is a two-component, spray-applied polyurethane foam insulation that creates a monolithic barrier for protection against water and air. 

This product expands during installation to fill cavities, cracks and crevices to prevent air leakage and maintain a consistent, comfortable indoor temperature. By filling these spaces, Dow says it also provides a quieter indoor environment by minimizing vibrations and noise that would otherwise transmit through gaps and cracks in the building envelope. www.dow.com 


Enough Power to Scare Debris Away
Who wouldn’t want more power and range? Your customers have big projects, so offer them big performance. Ridge Tool Co. in Elyria, Ohio, has introduced a new line of RIDGID® industrial, two-stage, wet/dry vacuums. The 14- and 16-gallon models feature a quiet RV two-stage, proprietary motor and a three-layer pleated filter for clean up of heavy debris and liquids. Both models convert to a blower, with 150 miles-per-hour (mph) blowing velocity and feature a 25-foot power cord and durable two-layer, ProHose that is 10-feet long. www.ridgid.com 

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