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Product Review: Exterior Products
Universal Forest Products has added four new leaded-glass post caps to its Latitudes Ornamental line. These jewel-toned glass post caps are available in garnet and sapphire with two additional designs that are a take-off from Tiffany & Co. The post caps can be combined with UFP's new line of aluminum and glass balusters. www.ufpi.com
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Grace Construction Products' Roof Detail Membrane is designed specifically for waterproofing critical roof detail areas and preventing costly water damage. The membrane conforms tightly to these areas, reducing the risk of water infiltration. The product is applied to the roof deck before applying the finished roof covering, forming a weather-tight barrier against leaks caused by water backup from ice dams or wind-driven rain. www.graceconstruction.com.
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The Monticello Trim Collection from Owens Corning combines custom stone trim with an adhered veneer application. Designed for interior and exterior applications, this trim collection can be applied to walls, windows, doors and entryways. The trim is available in tawny and gray in a variety of trim, molding, sill and keystone offerings. The trim pieces are available in left, right or center pieces and can be used in conjunction with stucco or exterior insulated finish systems. www.culturedstone.com.
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Builders looking for a safe and low-maintenance shake roof can look to Lamarite Shake Composite Shingles by Tamko. Made of fire-resistant composite materials, the shingles are available in Cedar and Weathered Wood and three sizes: 5 × 18 inches, 7 × 18 inches, and 12 × 18 inches. The shingles come in bundles of 16 and cover 4.44 to 10.67 square feet per bundle, depending on shingle width and exposure. www.tamko.com.
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Fypon has added a line of low-maintenance, urethane window shutters for home exteriors. Ten styles in two-panel, three-panel and diagonal V-styles are now available in pre-primed and wood grain stainable versions. Additionally, a section of white louvered solid panel and louvered slatted panel shutters are now offered in 24 different sizes and seven styles. www.fypon.com.
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GE Plastics, Centerpoint Translucent Systems and Cabot have formed a partnership for the production of a new translucent roofing system. It consist of GE's Lexan resin multiwall sheet, Cabot's Nanogel and Centerpoint's roofing system to form a new translucent roofing system that provides natural light while maintaining energy efficiency and sound insulation. This roofing system can be installed in roof domes, skylights, walkways and conservatories. It can also handle wind loads of up to 140 mph and is UV-resistant. www.cptsystems.com.
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Royal Trim Board has released a premium, 100 percent cellular vinyl PVC trim product. This trim board is manufactured to create a colorfast, two-sided finish. Boards are delivered unfinished and ready to paint. www.royalmouldings.com.
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