Builders and remodelers are in the throes of a labor shortage. A report by the Construction Labor Market Analyzer, software designed to help manage risk, reduce contingency, and save money on the labor component of projects, indicates that by 2016, U.S. construction projects will require 6.7 million skilled workers—about double what we have in the industry today. From super-stretchy tapes and mix-free sealants to interlocking stone walls and edge-less Formica tiles, your customers can use these labor-saving products to cut down on valuable time and money spent during installation.
GAF’s M-Thane One-Part Pourable Sealant is a moisture cure sealant designed for use with GAF’s M-Curb Pitch-Pan Systems. The sealant requires no mixing, and is designed to save contractors time and effort. It cures with moisture in the air and doesn’t outgas or bubble on damp surfaces, making it suitable for application in moist, cold, and dry climates alike. 800-766-3411, gaf.com
Huber’s new Stretch Tape, part of its Zip System, helps alleviate the tedium of snipping flashing tape to fit corners and wall protrusions. The super-strong tape stretches around rough openings, and adheres to both the material being flashed and to itself, sealing out moisture. One 75-foot roll can flash more than 20 windows, and works with or without other Zip System components. 800.933.9220, huberwood.com
Formica recently launched six new laminate patterns. Among the new designs are several patterns in soft gray colors, such as the Marfil Antico pattern with a smooth, low-gloss finish that mimics concrete. These new designs have no visible raw edges, so there’s no need to cover them up during installation, saving your clients valuable time and energy. 800.367.6422, formica.com
Mitek’s new THFI joist hanger requires no joist nails. To achieve the product’s nailless design, Mitek employs Seat Cleats, which lock the bottom flange of the I-joist to the hanger. The hanger’s side flanges extend to the top chord of the I-joist, eliminating the need for web stiffeners. All of this reduces material costs during installation, Mitek says. 314.434.1200, mitek-us.com
Velux’s ready-made skylight liner is designed for airtight and simple installation on deck-mounted skylights. The kit is prefabricated, meaning there’s no need for drywall spackling, sanding, or painting, and works with all “box” type light shafts. To install, contractors only need to assemble the molding, install mounting clips, measure and cut panels, and align the light shaft to its mounting clips. 800.888.3589, veluxusa.com
Versatex’s exterior wrap clads rough-sawn posts in weather-tight PVC. It’s available in outside dimensions of 111/4 x 111/4 inches, has a 3/4-inch wall thickness, and comes in 12-foot lengths. The wrap aims to eliminate mitering and fastening in the field. To install, just add glue, wrap the post, and peel off the protective tape after one hour. 724.857.1111, versatex.com