Product Extra: Exteriors & Replacements

New products from Benjamin Obdyke, Lead Records, Pella, Ply Gem, Tamko, Trex, and Versatex.

Benjamin Obdyke. Cougar Ridge Vent is a lightweight, classic-style ridge vent without fabric, designed to promote attic ventilation and optimize roofing performance. Made from nylon matrix technology, Cougar Ridge Vent installs easily, rolling quickly onto the roof ridge over a cut slot. The product can be installed by hand or with a pneumatic nail gun. Providing a maximum of 17 square inches of net free area per linear foot, Cougar Ridge Vent carries a 40-year limited warranty. 800.346.7655.

Lead Records. With the EPA's Renovate, Repair, and Paint (RRP) rule, renovators must keep comprehensive records of their work practices on each job, and must maintain those records for three yeras. The Lead Records Organizer is designed to take the complication out of RRP recordkeeping. The organizer contains a complete set of forms that cover all contingencies a renovator may encounter, as well as easy-to-follow instructions for recordkeeping at each stage of a project. Also included are instructions on creating an end-of-project report for homeowners. 800.399.9682.

Pella. New Architect Series Precision Fit replacement windows offer quicker installation and less mess during window replacement projects. The windows slide into existing window openings, allowing installers to retain surrounding interior trim, wallpaper, paint, and plaster. Installers simply remove existing window sashes to create a pocket into which a fully factory-assembled replacement window will fit. Precision Fit products are designed for applications where the exteiror window frame remains in good condition, but an upgraded sash is necessary for increased energy efficiency or aesthetics. Precision Fit casement, awning, and transom products are available in the Architect Series. When paired with SunDefense Low-E insulating glass, the windows may qualify for tax credits available through the end of 2010.

Ply Gem. Through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Highly Insulating R-5 Windows and Low-e Storm Windows Volume Purchase Program, distributors, remodelers, homebuilders, contractors, and consumers can purchase energy efficient R-5 windows, including the new R5 line from Ply Gem. The product line includes a full complement of new construction and retrofit markets, including double-hung, picture, slider, casement, and awning windows, plus patio doors. While the DOE program requires a simple white interio and white exterior vinyl window, the Ply Gem line offers decorative options including exterior colors, woodgrain interiors, and grilles between glass. Windows with an R-value of 5 reduce heat loss by 30% to 40% over most Energy Star-rated windows, which typically carry an R-value of 3. To purchase windows through the DOE program, a minimum order of 20 units is required for new construction, or 15 units for retrofits.

Tamko. Synthetic Underlayment is constructed of a polymeric surface film that offers skid resistance and a high tear and tensile strength. Designed to be lighter and more durable than traditional roofing felt, the material can be left exposed to UV rays for up to six months. Available in 10-square rolls, Synthetic Underlayment is printed with a nailing pattern on each sheet to ease installation. 800.641.4691.

Trex. The wood-alternative decking manufacturer has received third-party verification of its products’ recycled content. A Verification of Attributes Report from the International Code Council Evaluation Service confirms that all of the maker’s products, including Transcend, Accents, Brasilia, and Contours Decking, as well as Designer Series Railing and Seclusions and Surroundings fencing lines, comprise a minimum of 95.4% recycled content. 800.289.8739.

Versatex. The new Stealth Soffit system, coupled with Stealth Fascia and Stealth Frieze boards, yields the first all-cellular PVC soffit system, the maker says. The soffit is available in 12- and 16-inch widths, and lengths of 18 feet to reduce joints. A series of 1/8 grooves vents the soffit and is specially designed to keep insects out, while offering 10 inches of free space per lineal foot. The Stealth Fascia requires no flashing, and the Stealth Frieze features a 3/4- by 3/4-inch-wide groove to accept nearly all siding products. 724.857.1111.

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