Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

March 2006                                Volume 45,  Issue 2

Builder's Block

For the Jobsite


Keeping the Foundation Warm

GreenGuard® SL insulation board from Pactiv Corp. of Atlanta is designed for thermal protection against foundation and basement applications.

According to the company, extruded polystyrene foam composition found in the insulation board provides a high R-value (5.0 per inch of thickness) resulting in increased thermal protection. Compressive strength resistance to moisture absorption also helps deliver thermal performance, while an interlocking shiplap edge virtually eliminates energy-robbing seams and gaps, according to the company.

The company says the insulation board maintains its integrity in below-grade and perimeter applications, and the closed-cell structure provides long-term moisture resistance for extreme below-grade and wall system applications. The product may also be used for insulating interior basement walls where a gypsum board or other fire-rated wallboard is used.

Available in product thicknesses ranging from 1 to 2 inches, each 2- by 8-foot or 4- by 8-foot section of insulation board is lightweight and easy to cut and install.


CrossVent™ Maximizes Heat Dissipation

Atlas Roofing Corp. introduces CrossVent for roof insulation.

CrossVent is designed using thermally-efficient HCFC-free polyiso insulation with vent strips of 1-, 1 1/2- or 2-inch separating 7/16-inch APA/TECO rated OSB from polyiso rigid insulation. 

The design creates cross-ventilation over sloped unventilated roof decks, allowing for maximum heat dissipation.


No Screwing Up With New Ratcheting Screwdrivers 

Great Neck Saw Manufacturers of Mineola, N.Y., did not screw up when developing its new ratcheting screwdrivers. The new line includes the Magnetic Ratcheting Screwdriver with built-in tape measure and the Extended Magnetic Ratcheting Screwdriver. Designed for multiple tasks and projects, the tools feature the benefits of both a ratchet and a screwdriver. 

“Designing alternate features into a traditional screwdriver offers an added value to our customers due to the increased functionality and convenience,” said Steve Maltese, director of marketing.

New Rail Bolts Join Parts Together Easily

Zipbolt Rail Bolt, a new fastener developed for the stair industry by Zipbolt of Australia, is being distributed by Horner Millwork of Somerset, Mass.

The product uses the same configuration for bolts commonly used in the industry, with the added use of a heavy-duty threaded insert, bolt and a gear driven nut assembly that simplifies joining parts together. Using a gear driver, the installer no longer has to fit a nut and wrench into a 1-inch hole. The gear driver is inserted into any ratchet-style handle that makes tightening the bolt into position easy.

Any 8 mm hex key or 8 mm hex tip that fits into a drill may be used to tighten the insert.


Siding with Color Expressions

Pittsburgh’s Alcoa Home Exteriors’ Cedar Discovery® line, which combines the look of hand-installed cedar shingles with the low-maintenance and high performance of premium siding, is the latest product to be offered in DreamColor™. DreamColor provides consumers with a palette of over 700 colors, plus custom-color matching capabilities. 

In addition to the base colors available with DreamColor, the company offers a color matching system that allows homeowners to send in color choices and have products made to match.

Cedar Discovery® siding offers the warmth and beauty of real cedar without maintenance. Crafted with polypropylene, the siding offers resistance to impact, cracking, splitting and shattering.


Brochure Addresses Lumber “Blue-Stain”

The Southern Pine Council of Kenner, La., has released a new “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) brochure that provides key information about blue-stained Southern Pine lumber. The facts address common questions such as: What makes the lumber blue? Does it affect strength properties? Does blue stain cause decay? Can stained lumber be pressure-treated?

The publication explains that blue stain is not mold, does not pose any health risks and does not affect lumber strength. 

The Facts about Blued Pine brochure is now available in hardcopy or online at


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