Designed to save time, labor, and materials, the new Trimworks Decorative Accents are available in three profiles: brickmold, in 1½-inch or ¾-inch sizes; 3½-inch flat casing, available four-sided or with a bullnose sill; and flush mount, for masonry openings. Alside's SwiftLock technology allows the trims to snap-to-fit. All are available in three extruded vinyl colors and 10 painted colors.
The recently patented Hide-A-Vent has been designed to blend into a home's siding to camouflage exterior vents. Designed by remodeling-contractor-turned-inventor Michael Heinrichs, the customizeable cover can be installed to any section of siding, including clapboard, shingles, and vinyl.
"For years on the job, I have seen countless homes with such beautiful exteriors, but there was always one aspect that stood out—and not in a good way," explained Heinrichs. "We look forward to seeing the transformation of vents in homes across the country."
Models come in two sizes: Model A disguises dryer vents and bathroom ceiling fans with a 4-inch round opening, and Model B fits microwave hoods and most residential kitchen hoods with its ¼-inch-by-10¼-inch rectangular opening. Pricing ranges from $40 to $45.
SuperPaint Interior Acrylic Latex, Sherwin-Williams' newest paint formulation, is labeled as a paint and primer in one. The manufacturer says it offers a uniform appearance, strong washability and durability, and enabled hide for faster, easier color changes. The product is available in flat, satin, velvet, and semi-gloss sheens and may be used on previously painted, bare, or primed wallboard and wood, as well as on primed plaster, masonry, and metal. Pricing for a gallon starts around $59.
Celect Cellular Siding
Royal Building Products has launched a new, unpainted version of its existing Celect cellular composite siding. The Celect Canvas Cellular Siding features the same wood-grain patterns of the finished version, but it may be custom-painted with any exterior vinyl-safe paint shade that falls within the recommended light reflectance (LRV) of 50 or above. (Darker colors may absorb too much heat, which could be detrimental to the long-term performance of the material).
Celect Canvas is now available across all Celect siding profiles, including 7-inch clapboard, board & batten, and 7-inch shake. All Celect Cellular Siding products are low-maintenance, according to the manufacturer, and feature an interlocking seam design made to keep moisture out and virtually eliminate visible seams.
Amico's new Hydrodry system combines a series of five components to create a dedicated drainage and ventilation cavity behind veneer stone, masonry siding, and stucco exterior cladding. The system can drain up to 150 gallons of water per hour within the wall cavity, and vent water vapor through the top of the wall at a rate of 0.8 pound per hour, according to independent product analysis. The drain screen, designed for use on the bottom of a wall, features built-in drainage and ventilation slots and accommodates a rainscreen up to 10mm wide.
Quick Installation Deck Clips
Kebony now offers a line of decking that works with DuraLife's Step-Clip—a system of interlocking polypropylene strips that are fastened to the top of the deck joists with a pneumatic roofing nailer to minimize the time and labor spend surfacing decks. The strips have clips that fit into grooves milled into the edges of the Kebony decking; the installer inserts one edge of a board, then steps on the other edge to lock it into place.