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2017 / Modern Building Products and Materials

Houses today are stronger, more efficient, and safer to work on. Modern building products have a lot to do with that. Here are some good examples.

Tyvek Protec

Tyvek Protec Roof Underlayment

Everyone knows Tyvek; their HomeWrap is everywhere. A lesser known fact is that Tyvek also produces a high end roof underlayment that can be used with most roofing materials like asphalt shingles, tile and metal. Tyvek Protec underlayment takes the place of felt paper, but not self-adhering products; although they said that’st just around the corner.

Protec was designed with safety in mind: It lays flat and doesn’t wrinkle, which reduces a trip hazard.  It has a nonslip surface that is much safer to walk on, perfect for steep pitched roofs. And it’s much tougher than felt and should never tear out from under your feet. Protec comes in three grades with increasing quality and durability. Tyvek Protec Underlayment is sold where other roofing materials are sold. Prices start at $124.97 per 10-sq. roll.

Catch N Cover

Filter Out the Debris

Catching and containing debris created from power-washing can be a tricky pain in the backside when using regular poly. That’s because poly is the wrong tool for the job. Check out Catch N Cover,  a micro-filtration membrane that filters all of the potentially harmful leftover material from water (even lead paint chips) and leaves it behind, making clean-up easy.

All you have to do is drape Catch-N-Cover over the area around your jobsite, basically anywhere that water is going to run through. Catch-N-Cover is easy to cut, so you can make it fit pretty much any area you need to protect. Weigh the cover down, and you’re good to go! Water will simply pass through the membrane, filtering out all the solids, keeping the area beneath it clean. When you’re done with the job, simply roll the membrane up and either toss it or store it for later—it’s reusable! Produced by Dumond Chemicals, Catch-N-CoverMicrofiltration Membrane is available online and in home centers for $44.05 per roll.


Stop Worrying About the Weather

Weather can be an unpredictable adversary—just ask a painter. Olympic’s new WEATHER-READY paint can help combat the random nature of Mother Nature. The new Olympic ONE exterior paint formula  is rain-ready in just 12 hours, (probably a lot less in certain conditions).  That means less worrying that an unforecasted spurt of rain will ruin your beautiful work. Also included in this new formula is Olympic’s All-Climate Protection Package feature, which helps paints adhere even in extreme  hot and cold conditions. The All-Climate Protection sticks at temperatures up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Olympic’s WEATHER-READY Exterior paints are sold exclusively at Lowe’s starting at $29.98 per gallon.

Sub-floor Adhesive Subfloor Adhesive from Huber

Huber Woods, known for AdvanTech subfloor panels, is breaking into the glue game with a subfloor adhesive. They call it “Squeak-free” and claim that it will increase the stiffness of the subfloor. They also say that it will provide a more solid base for finished flooring. The adhesive is applied easily using their AdvanTech gun applicator; it can even be applied directly to frozen or wet joists due to its special formula.

The glue starts as a foam when first applied and then collapses into a gel, allowing it to fill in gaps  and create a firm bond with the panels. Huber is so confident in their new formula that they promise a 10-year Squeak-free Guarantee when you use their sub-flooring panel coupled with this new formula. Advantech “Squeak-free” Subfloor Adhesive is sold at lumber yards and other building material suppliers.

Charred Wood

Unique Home Accents

Looking to make a room stand out and spark conversations? UFP-Edge produces a Charred Wood Shiplap that gives a modern but rustic look to any remodel or renovation.

UFP Edge makes Charred Wood by carefully and specifically burning lumber. This produces a contrasting appearance that highlights the character of the wood and gives off a warm, almost rustic feel. This new shiplap is sealed with a satin clear coat that shields its outer surface but still allows the lumber’s unique look to shine through.

The Charred Wood is available in shiplap and trim kits for easy installation and is perfect for projects such as accent walls, column and beam wrapping and even art and crafts. 4-packs of Charred Wood Shiplap from UFP-Edge can be bought online or at Home Depot. It costs $65 for a 4-pack of  1 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft.

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