Plastics News staff reporter Angie DeRosa wrote the following new product items from the Remodelers' Show, held Oct. 23-25 in Baltimore.
Royal Building offers Duraplank siding
Royal Building Products, a unit of Woodbridge, Ontario-based Royal Group Technologies Ltd., introduced Duraplank, an insulated vinyl siding using extruded foam insulation. Officials said the extruded foam backing provides greater water resistance than expanded foam. The firm introduced the product to compete against natural wood.
Pactiv's underlayment produced from PS
Pactiv Building Products, based in Atlanta, introduced GreenGuard Backer-Pro fanfold underlayment for vinyl siding, made from closed-cell extruded polystyrene. The underlayment is contoured to fill hollow spaces between vinyl siding and the exterior wall, officials said, increasing the siding's impact resistance and the wall's thermal efficiency. The firm also introduced GreenGuard RainDrop Housewrap, which it is touting as the industry's first woven housewrap with water-drainage channels that move bulk water down to the base of the exterior wall. The product is made from polypropylene. Both products are produced at Pactiv plants in Winchester, Va.; Chippewa Falls, Wis.; and Yakima, Wash. The firm is a subsidiary of Pactiv Corp., based in Lake Forest, Ill.
L.B. Plastics debuts PVC step adapter
L.B. Plastics Inc., based in Mooresville, N.C., introduced a PVC variable step adapter that is designed to adjust step railing angles, available in white, beige, gray and clay, according to company literature. The system incorporates an injection molded adapter to either increase or decrease the step angle.
The firm also introduced a smooth column clad to its Sheerline product line. The product is extruded from PVC, and uses a new adjustable feature for easy installation, the company said. It has a patented, interlocking feature for adjustability and for attaching the clad to nonconforming posts, officials said. Both products are made at L.B.'s plant in Mooresville.