Volume 47, Issue 3 - April 2008

New Products Guide
The Latest Made Simple

With a steady stream of new products coming out all the time, it can be incredibly difficult to keep up. Sorting through stacks of marketing materials, specifications and promotional verbiage in order to decide which new products your company should offer can be a daunting task—not to mention time-consuming.

Well, there’s good news. Shelter stays tapped into all the latest for you. We wade through all of the specifications, fine print and marketing lingo so you don’t have to. Furthermore, we employ staff with hands-on experience who view a product from the same perspective your building and contracting customers do. If it sounds too good to be true, Shelter knows how to spare you the details.

Here are some of our latest discoveries:

In the past, framing carpenters have had to employ several products and steps to sheath and wrap exterior walls properly. After walls are squared and proper sheathing is applied and fastened, there’s still house wrap, tape and oftentimes bracing. But several new products promise a much simpler and straight-forward approach by combining the qualities of several products into one.

Built in Wrap
Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC has introduced a sheathing product it promotes as eliminating the need for a separate building wrap. Nautilus™ wall sheathing is an OSB panel with a pre-applied weather-resistant barrier.

Nautilus sheathing not only eliminates the extra labor of installing wrap, it also protects the building envelope immediately. These code-compliant panels are installed the same as other wall sheathing products. When a 3-inch seam tape is applied, the walls also will protect against air leakage and help improve efficiency.

Nautilus panels are backed by a limited lifetime warranty to the homeowner that protects against delaminating of the OSB substrate and a 90-day warranty to the builder that covers delaminating of the weather-resistant barrier during construction. www.gp.com

An Impact-Resistant Barrier
Typar® now offers a weather-resistant barrier that couples impact and water resistance for extreme weather conditions. Manufactured by Fiberweb Inc. in Green Bay, Wis., Typar StormWrap™ is a fiber-reinforced product designed for use in both residential and commercial applications. StormWrap is an addition to the company’s Weather Protection System line and product literature says it has similar properties to its Typar Housewrap™, such as outstanding tear strength, the ability to block exterior water penetration and optimal moisture vapor transmission that allows wall cavities to breathe and stay dry.

The difference, according to Bob Dahl, business director of Typar Construction Products, is a unique web of fibers that act as a kinetic energy dissipating net, to catch and resist large projectile penetrations while protecting against high wind pressure cycling. “An impact-resistant weather barrier is key to constructing a home sturdy enough to withstand potential storm damage,” Dahl says. “Especially in regions prone to hurricanes, high winds, tornadoes and other volatile weather conditions.” www.typar.com

A Total Wall System
The THERMAX™ Total Wall System by Dow in Midland, Mich., is an energy-efficient, moisture-managed wall with fewer materials and installation steps. Key to the system is lightweight THERMAX exterior insulated sheathing, making installation faster and easier than gypsum-based “outsulation” systems. 

Featuring one of the highest R-values available (R-6.5 at one inch), its integral, durable acrylic facer provides a drainage plane and water-resistive barrier, eliminating the extra step of installing a membrane or building wrap and allowing the building to be closed in faster. Butyl-based WEATHERMATE™ flashings help protect the wall assembly from moisture entry at windows, doors and other “through-wall” penetrations.

STYROFOAM™ SPF insulation on the interior of steel stud walls blocks air infiltration by filling gaps, cracks and penetrations. Due to its highly energy-efficient design, the system maximizes usable space and may help projects achieve USGBC LEED credits. www.dow.com 

Part of being a good contractor or builder is knowing how to give your customers what they really want. “I’m sorry, I can’t do that,” or “I’m afraid that’s not possible” isn’t going to land the big project.

Next time one of your customers phones in to ask if there’s “something that will do [that],” consider these options:

Columns with More Sides
Column Crafters in Flowery Branch, Ga., offers new multi-faceted, 8- or 12-sided columns. According to company literature the columns are easy to install and are low-maintenance. To install the columns, the company recommends the following materials for your customers: skill saw or hand saw; hammer and screwdriver; construction adhesive; caulk; 8-2 to 2 1/2-inch head screws or nails, 8-1 to 1 1/2-inch head screws or nails and 100 percent acrylic latex paint. Company officials also recommend that safety goggles and gloves be used during installation. In addition, company officials note that the column is supported by a 4 by 4-foot or 6 by 6-foot pressure-treated post. The outer decorative shell must not carry any weight bearing load; a 4-inch space between column shell and floor area of installation is recommended. www.columncrafters.com

New Colonial Southwest Styles
Entrance doors can be a focal point for any home and an integral part of its style. If you have builders looking to add a colonial Southwest look to their projects, Weather Shield® Windows and Doors in Medford, Wis., has extended the product styles available in its Spanish Colonial Collection. This collection now includes Speak Easy and Dutch entrance doors, and center-hinged French doors with premium 2 ¼-inch-thick panels. 

“The Speak Easy and Dutch entrance doors are one-of-a-kind wood doors that exquisitely reinforce Spanish Colonial or Mission architecture,” says Jeff Williams, senior brand manager for architectural marketing for Weather Shield. “Combined with premium French doors, the new entrance doors help architects and custom builders create truly one-of-a-kind homes.”

The Speak Easy door features a distressed, plank-style panel with a small hinged peep-site window (no glass) covered by an ornamental bronze grate on the exterior. The Collection’s Dutch entrance door allows fresh air in, without concern of children or pets wandering outside. The door’s plank-style panel splits in two, allowing homeowners to open the top half of the door independently of the bottom.

Speak Easy and Dutch doors are available in flat, beaded and raised panel styles. They have 2 ¼-inch-thick panels, laminated veneer lumber (LVL)-constructed stiles and rails and are available in 3-0 and 3-6 widths. Each door component is kiln dried to help prevent splitting, cracking and warping. www.weathershield.com

Designer Looks
If you carry Collins Products’ TruWood® Siding and Trim lines, you should check out the Portland, Ore.-based company’s new Designer Trim options. Designed to compliment its siding and trim, this new beveled and channeled engineered wood trim is particularly desirable for door and window trim applications. TruWood® Designer Beveled Trim utilizes a traditional Roman Ogee bevel cut, while the channeled style features two 1/16- inch channels at both edges of the board. Both styles offer added trim detail and are available with either TruWood’s distinctive Old Mill cedar wood grain texture or a smooth surface for application flexibility. 

TruWood® Designer Trim is available in 4- and 6-inch widths and thicknesses of four-quarter and five-quarter inch to coordinate with both 7/16-inch and ½-inch siding. Produced from residual wood fibers, TruWood® Designer Beveled Trim is free of finger joints, knots and other natural flaws, reducing waste and preventing the occurrence of splitting, warping and checking. It also is certified by Scientific Certification Systems, making it an environmentally conscious product suitable for buildings using the LEED Green Building Rating System. www.collinswood.com

Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Sliding and pocket doors have long been the architectural solution for small spaces where a swinging door would be in the way. Now, homeowners and designers have another option by using the latest hardware technology from L.E. Johnson Products Inc. This hardware is capable of moving multiple 300-pound panels, allowing builders to incorporate moving wall surfaces to increase floor plan flexibility.

“Sliding panels of wood, metal, glass or fabric are becoming popular design tools for multi-use spaces,” says Steve Johnson, vice president. “For example, in an urban loft, characterized by great open spaces and uninterrupted visual flow, you may choose to place sliding panels between kitchen and living room spaces as an alternative to a half wall or pass through.” 

Johnson’s Series 200MD Multi Pass Hardware offers a track system will accommodate individual door panels up to 48 inches each and come prepackaged in a set of three. 

The hardware can also be ordered to accommodate four panels side-by-side in a space, accommodating track lengths of up to 192 inches. www.johnsonhardware.com 

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