Volume 47, Issue 9 - November/December 2008

The Next Big Thing

The Real Deal
Fletcher Wood Solutions’ LIFESPAN® trim boards, fascia, siding and exterior mouldings are made of 100-percent real wood and are available with FSC certification. 

LIFESPAN has an Environmental Protection Agency-registered carbon-based preservative which protects against rot, termites, fungi, water and corrosion to fasteners. The product carries a 30-year limited warranty.4 www.fletcherwoodsolutions.com 

Screened In

L.B. Plastics, a manufacturer of outdoor vinyl building products located in Mooresville, N.C., has new rail kits which are easy to install and provide additional safety without dramatically reducing airflow or the view.

The kits are available in 4-foot and 5-foot widths and a 38-inch height and install underneath the midrail and atop the sill to complete the look of a screened exterior application.

Get Your Passport Ready
New WeatherReady™ Passport decking is made of cellular vinyl and offers your customers an exotic wood look in the multi-colored shadings of London Grey and Tuscan Cherry.

Manufactured by Gossen Corp of Milwaukee, Wis., the deck boards weigh 1.5 pounds and are factory grooved for a hidden fastener, low maintenance, stain and scratch resistant, mold and insect resistant, have longer-lasting color protection and carry a Class A fire rating for safety. The boards also have a comprehensive lifetime warranty.

A New Innovation
Fiber Composites, a manufacturer of composite decking, railing and fencing solutions in New London, N.C., recently introduced Fiberon Horizon™ decking products with PermaTech™ Innovation—a technology that chemically bonds strong HDPE and wood fiber with resilient surface material.

Four designer colors—sand, brick, bronze and slate—require no painting or staining, and reversible boards provide natural woodgrain patterns. An environmentally-friendly product, Horizon contains more than 50-percent recycled material and is backed by a 20-year limited warranty.

No Minimum Quantities

Are you looking for a company that offers frame components in no minimum order quantities? Then, G-M Wood Products in Newaygo, Mich., has a solution for you. 

The company’s Timbers Collection is available in a wide variety of standard and custom frame components and can be ordered in unit, box or individual quantities. The timbers collection is available in clear pine, mahogany, Douglas fir, cherry, hem fir, maple, red oak and alder. The full line of frame components include door jambs, brick mould, mull posts, mull casing and custom components.

FrameGuard™ Mold-Resistant Wood

FrameGuard™ mold-resistant wood is coated with a treatment that provides effective resistance to mold and other pests. The FrameGuard chemical is formulated for application on wood products and can be installed in interior locations. It protects against mold, termites and fungal decay. The coating is applied by spray or dip at a wood treating plant, OEM plant, lumber mill, distribution yard or other facility where the quality of coverage can be more precisely controlled than at a jobsite.

FrameGuard can be used on lumber, plywood, oriented strand board, parallel strand lumber, laminated veneer lumber, wood I-joists and structural insulated panels.

Three for the Price of One

The Stanley Works offers the new STANLEY® three-in-one Tripod LED Flashlight, a union of three removable lights that is based on Stanley’s patented tripod flashlight design. The first of its kind, this high powered flashlight utilizes three individual flashlights, each generating 20 lumens (based on average test values) of directional lighting for activities requiring an extra light source. 

Separate the flashlight into three individual flashlights for excellent versatility. The multi-directional heads rotate up to 120 degrees and generate a precision spot beam, while the hexagonal bodies allow for five different positions, creating an even more precise angle and direction of light.

The flashlight has a suggested retail price of $29.99. 

A Three-in-One Solution
Dow’s STYROFOAM SIS™ brand structural insulated sheathing combines the structural and water-resistive properties of wood sheathing and housewrap, with the added benefit of insulation. 

The three-in-one solution meets or exceeds residential code for structural shear bracing, water-resistive barrier and thermal protection in one convenient product. Containing up to 80-percent post-consumer recycled content and offering homeowners an estimated $200 to $500 in energy savings each year, STYROFOAM SIS is a cost-effective option for your customers looking to differentiate themselves in the green building space.

Surviving Hurricane Ike

Gorell Windows and Doors recently undertook one of the more serious tests of hurricane products, when its products found themselves in the midst of Hurricane Ike. Gorell’s products were installed in the Seabrook Sailing Club, located near Houston, and while the building sustained significant damage, the company’s impact-resistant windows withstood the high wind and rain they encountered.4 www.gorell.com 

Pre-Finished Siding Now Available in Indiana

With two branches in Indiana, Huttig Building Products is the newest distributor for LP® CanExel® pre-finished siding.LP CanExel products carry a 25-year substrate limited warranty and are available in 15 colors. They use an interlocking, self-aligning system for easy installation, according to a company press release. LP CanExel products also feature five coats of paint, are backed by a 15-year limited warranty and promote color endurance.

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