Volume 47, Issue 6 - July/August 2008

The Next Big Thing

Exterior Products
Early 1900s Look but Low-Maintenance
The look of the early 1900s arts and crafts design movement has never gone away. But the products and techniques used to achieve this look have come a long way. The new Arts and Crafts Collection from Crown Column and Millwork in Attalla, Ala., is designed to provide that classic look through an easy-to-install, low-maintenance product.

“This collection offers beauty, elegance and a timeless sense of quality—without performance downfalls like checking, rotting or splitting,” says Joe Livengood, vice president and general manager of Crown Column and Millwork. “They are very durable and provide superior resistance to water damage and insect infestation.”

The Arts and Crafts Collection comes in a wide variety of dimensions and lengths—in both cellular PVC and most any type of wood species available on the market. www.crowncolumn.com

Real Cedar Look
Hand-split cedar shakes and shingles exhibit character, but also may be subject to rotting and termites. Synthetic materials don’t always closely resemble their real counterparts; but that’s not the case with Foundry™ Siding.

Foundry offers homeowners authentic cedar-inspired vinyl siding in a wide color palette. Shakes look like hand-split cedar, while shingles bear random saw marks. There’s no noticeable pattern repetition due to a proprietary process reproducing cedar’s authenticity through more than 100 different molds.

Shakes and Shingles have a Class 1(A) Fire rating and exceed 170-mph wind loads. A 50-year warranty is offered for commercial use. www.foundrysiding.com

Green Products
A Classic Option

NuCedar Mills Inc. has introduced four new trim components for its Classic Clapboard system: universal trim and pre-made universal corners, snap-in inserts and header trim.

No nailing or adhesive is required to keep the inserts in place, and no caulking is required. Milled from 5/4-inch stock, the 20-foot universal trim is available in widths ranging from 4 to 12 inches (pre-formed corners in 6-inch width only). NuCedar snap-in inserts are offered in a 10-foot length and include 24 pieces per carton. www.nucedar.com

Rebates and Promotions
Feed You and Your Customers

The website of AZEK Building Products receives more than two million hits per month. In fact, officials for the Scranton, Pa.-based company say even this past February (the shortest month of the year) Azek.com received nearly three million hits. If you’re an AZEK dealer, you can take advantage of this traffic.

Azek officials report that more than 30 percent of visitors clicked on the site’s “Where to Buy” link. You can receive leads for your area by participating in the company’s lead program. What’s more? You can spread the benefits to your decking customers through the AZEK Deck Contractor Referral Program.

In order to get on the referral list your customers must: install an AZEK Deck; fill out the contact information form, available on the company’s website; sign and complete associated forms; and arrange for an AZEK territory sales manager (TSM) to visit at least one of their AZEK Deck projects.

When contractors are signed up they receive: a welcome letter with TSM information; an AZEK Deck “Contractor Box;” an additional box of AZEK Deck samples; AZEK Deck leads (through the company’s website); and 50 deck brochures. www.azek.com 

Stairs and Stair Parts
Making a Grand Entrance
Distributors and dealers’ customers are always looking for ways to distinguish their homes from the others, especially when it comes to appearance-based elements. One of the newest differentiating factors your customers are focusing on is stairs. As one of the home’s most prominent interior architectural features, upgrading staircases with Coffman Stairs by Visador’s Forged Iron Collection offers options for making a grand entrance with handcrafted iron. Coffman Stairs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visador Holding Corp.

The collection includes six finish options: powder coat, matte black, antique bronze, satin black, oil rubbed copper and antique nickel. In addition, four style collections are available: Royal, Orleans, Tulane and Marquette.  www.coffmanstairs.com

Sealants and Adhesives
Iso-Trude Goes Green

Grand Haven, Mich.-based Iso-Trude Inc. has gone green with the brand-new Green Sweep. Green Sweep, a green sealing solution for exterior doors features multi-fin and bulb construction, which the company says provides a tight seal in any weather condition and protects against moisture, air, dust and various infiltrators. Likewise, Iso-Trude says the Green Sweep is durable and tear- and crack-resistant, is made from recyclable materials and comes in a variety of styles and colors to go with most steel, wood and composite door applications. It can be used for standard- and custom-sized entry doors. www.isotrude.com

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