Growth item: Biscuits for builders
Pittsburgh-based Versatex Trimboard now offers a PVC-compatible plastic biscuit for builders who biscuit-join PVC trim components.
Versatex VP sales Rick Kapres said the building trade made clear that biscuit joining offers strength and easy handling without compromising moisture resistance.
“That’s why we’ve added these new white, #20 plastic biscuits to our comprehensive PVC trim system,” Kapres said. “They’re dimensionally stable and precision molded for easy installation.” Available from Versatex distributors nationwide in boxes of 25 or cartons of 10 boxes, the biscuits enable builders to make tight, permanent joints using standard carpentry techniques and PVC adhesives.”
Biscuit joints, according to the company, are an increasingly popular solution for aligning and securing joints in fascia and frieze applications as well as window and door trims and millwork.
Tim-Br Mart recognizes Simpson Strong-Tie
Tim-Br Mart Group, a $2 billion-plus member-owned corporation serving building supply retailers, commercial dealers and home manufacturers across Canada, has honored the Canadian branch of Simpson Strong-Tie with the 2013 “Gold Hardware Vendor of The Year” award.
Tim-Br Mart Group represents more than 750 independently owned lumberyard locations across Canada under the Timber MART and/or Ace Hardware brands.
“We are very pleased when we get to recognize a good partner like Simpson Strong-Tie,” said Tim-Br Mart Group VP merchandise Randy Martin. “We have had a national agreement with them since 2006 and have seen continued growth in sales year over year.”
The Gold Hardware Vendor of the Year award was presented in Toronto at the Tim-Br Mart Buying Show awards dinner last month.
CertainTeed launches Exterior Home Makeover Contest
CertainTeed is encouraging homeowners to grab their video cameras and document their wish lists for a dream outdoor living space. This summer, one winner will receive $75,000 worth of exterior building products, including installation, through the 2013 CertainTeed $75,000 Exterior Living Spaces Home Makeover Video Facebook Contest.
To enter the contest, homeowners should upload an upbeat, creative 30- to 90-second video to CertainTeed’s Living Spaces Facebook page, explaining why their home needs a facelift using CertainTeed’s selection of polymer, fiber cement, insulated and vinyl siding, roofing, housewrap, decking, railing, fence and trim.
CertainTeed will be accepting entries through 11:50 p.m. EDT on June 11. CertainTeed will announce the winner on or about June 21.
Video entries will appear on the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook contest page, where visitors can vote for their favorite until 11:59 p.m. EDT June 18. The top 10 videos will then go before CertainTeed judges. The winning family will also star in a series of Facebook and YouTube video webisodes featuring their home’s remarkable transformation.
Nine runners-up will each receive $500 exterior living spaces prize packages.