Time is money, especially on construction job sites. If there’s a better, more efficient way to finish a project, contractors and builders should know about it. Since its founding in 1904, Spahn & Rose has always shared the latest innovations in building materials and tools. Here are five new items that will help contractors and builders finish jobs more quickly and easily throughout this busy summer.
- GAF HDZ StrikeZone
Increasing your accuracy when nailing shingles means less time spent revisiting sections that might not have been secured properly—and being able to move on to the next roof project sooner. GAF HDZ StrikeZone has a nailing area so easy to hit that during testing, a roofer placed 999 out of 1,000 nails correctly. Roofing contractors can also now offer homeowners a new GAF WindProven limited wind warranty, the first warranty for roofing shingles with no maximum wind-speed limit, when installing GAF shingles with LayerLock technology and four qualifying GAF accessories.
How it saves time: Improved accuracy equals faster finishes for roofing jobs. The new StrikeZone nailing area is up to 600 percent larger than that of Timberline HD shingles, which means you’ll be able to install these shingles up to 30 percent faster.
- LP SmartSide Trim and Siding with ExpertFinish
LP SmartSide Trim and Siding is already easy to install, but recent changes have made it even easier. It’s available in 16 versatile colors and a variety of SKUs and finishes to complement several exterior styles, and like all LP SmartSide products, ExpertFinish Trim and Siding provides advanced durability, which can lead to less job-site waste and easier installation. ExpertFinish Trim and Siding also comes with five-year labor, 15-year finish and 50-year substrate warranties.
How it saves time: The new prefinished color options eliminate time spent painting. In addition, ExpertFinish obviates the need for seam caulking, joint molds or pan flashing at butt joints.
- Milwaukee 18V 14-Inch Abrasive Chop Saw
Designed for the toughest metalworking applications, Milwaukee’s new M18 FUEL 14-Inch Abrasive Chop Saw is the construction industry’s first full-size, portable, cordless chop saw. With 18-volt capability, this chop saw is comparable to some of the most powerful corded tools. It combines the POWERSTATE Brushless Motor with 4,000 RPM for consistent power and cut speed, and the REDLINK PLUS Intelligence system, which ensures maximum performance and protection from overload, overheating and over-discharge. To ensure safety, a RAPID STOP Blade Brake halts the blade within three seconds of trigger release.
How it saves time: Milwaukee’s chop saw comes complete with an overload indicator light that illuminates when too much pressure is applied, thereby guiding the user back to the optimal cutting speed. When equipped with a REDLITHIUM HIGH OUTPUT HD 12.0 battery, the saw keeps you working, too, delivering up to 200 cuts per charge in a 3-5/8-inch 20-gauge steel stud. To save you even more time, the saw offers tool-free blade changes and fence adjustments.
- Trex Pergola Shadow and Trex Pergola Pavilion
Designed to provide the optimal amount of sun, shade and rain protection, the new all-aluminum Trex Pergola Shadow and Trex Pergola Pavilion beautifully combine form and function to complement any outdoor living space. Trex offers 16 standard sizes along with the ability to customize the pergola to the individual space, as well as add features such as railings and architectural shade panels. Trex Pergola Shadow gives builders, landscape designers and consumers a low-maintenance option that brings tailored sophistication and customizable shade to outdoor spaces.
How they save time: Builders and contractors will appreciate these pergolas’ lightweight components and easy, quick assembly. Unlike wood pergolas, Trex’s arrive with a premium powder-coat finish for superior durability and color retention. They’re available in a variety of rich colors, too, including metallics and mineral-inspired micas.
- Royal Building Products Cedar Renditions Six-Inch Soffit
New for 2021, Royal Building Products has introduced a Six-Inch Soffit as part of its Cedar Renditions line. Perforated for ventilation and designed to keep moisture out of the home, this new soffit is available in a premium, multi-tonal woodgrain color, as well as traditional woodgrain colors. Cedar Renditions’ Six-Inch Soffit is designed to be used with the existing six-inch Cedar Renditions siding profile. This recently developed line is sleek and modern aluminum accent siding, which provides exceptional curb appeal without the maintenance or fire risk of wood.
How it saves time: Royal Building Products’ Cedar Renditions line has a drop-in interlock system for simple installation. Its seamless overlapping notch allows for longer length, making for quicker installation as well.