Premier Performance engineered hardwood flooring is made to resist scratches more than traditional wood floors. The wood's cell structure is filled with acrylic for added durability, and a coating protects the product's exterior. The wood also has consistent color throughout, so if it does get scratches, they will be less noticeable. Premier comes in six hardwood species that are available in a range of colors. The product has a 35-year finish warranty and lifetime structural integrity warranty. It also offers 50% more crush resistance than wood of the same species, the maker says. 800.233.3823.
Styrofoam SIS is a three-in-one structural insulated sheathing. It provides structural bracing, insulation, and weather protection in one convenient package. The system has R-values that range from 3 to 5.5, and it eliminates the need for OSB, T-bracing, or wood let-in bracing, the maker says. Each panel is made from 80% post-consumer recycled content. A 4- by 8-foot panel weighs 16 pounds, versus 45 pounds for OSB, the maker says. 866.583.2583.
Nautilus wall sheathing is an OSB panel that comes with a pre-applied, weather-resistant barrier, eliminating the need for separate building wrap installation. This helps reduce cost and save time on a construction project, the maker says. Nautilus also resists rain and moisture during the construction period. Installed like typical wall sheathing, the product protects against air leaks when it is sealed with code-compliant Nautilus 3-inch-wide seam tape. Panels are backed by a 90-day exposure warranty for builders and limited lifetime warranty for homeowners. 877.437.9759.
The company's new collection of wood entry doors includes FSC-certified rustic walnut as well as mahogany, American white oak, and cherry. The manufacturer hopes to have all wood species FSC-certified by the end of 2008. Design options include beveled insulated glass, metal caming, forged iron accents, and decorative hardware. 888.847.3552.
iLevel Shear Brace is a pre-built, engineered panel that provides lateral bracing to help homes resist high winds and earthquakes. Workers can use Shear Brace in multistory applications and to build stable, narrow walls quickly in homes with many window and door openings, the company says. It comes in two widths and various stock and custom heights that can be trimmed in the field. 888.453.8358.
StormWrap, a fiber-reinforced, weather resistant barrier, couples impact and water resistance to withstand extreme weather. It catches and resists large projectile penetrations, the maker says. The product meets Miami-Dade County and Florida building codes. 800.284.2780.
Nontoxic PureWood decking is made from real wood specially heated at high temperatures and steamed to protect against insects, rot, decay, and water absorption without using chemicals or metals. The process changes the sugars in wood to a substance that cannot be digested by insects or mold. The 5-inch wide boards come in two styles and seven lengths. 888.575.4180.
Ultimate Replacement Casement includes a mode that lets the window swing around so people can clean exterior glass. Other options include a large sizing capability. It has Low-E II glass with argon for better climate control inside a home. The window has extruded aluminum cladding with a Kynar 500 finish. 888.537.8266.
Manufacturers tout these products as a step up from composites, saying that PVC decks are lighter and more resistant to stains, scratching, mold, and splitting. Azek has the cellular PVC Azek Deck