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Hyde introduces Painter’s Assistant

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Southbridge, Mass.-based Hyde Tools introduced a product designed to reduce the painter’s time on preparation and painting. 

The Hyde Painter’s Assistant is a multi-use painter’s tool that acts sort of like an extra pair of hands. Thecarrying handle for one and two quarter containers includes a magnetic bursh holder. 

Also built in are a paint can opener, brush and roller cleaner, belt hook, putty knife/scraper and a garage tool hanger.

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CertainTeed launches ventilation line

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Strengthening its position as a one-stop-shop for complete roof solutions, Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed announces the introduction of seven new roofing ventilation products. Part of the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, the new product line includes CertainTeed Ridge Vent, CertainTeed Rolled Ridge Vent and CertainTeed Intake Vent.

“We are extremely excited to introduce our new best-in-class ventilation products,” said Bob Gardiner, VP marketing for CertainTeed Roofing. “A quality roofing system features the proper underlayments, shingles and accessory products along with proper ventilation. Now we can proudly offer roofing contractors and distributors a single source they can trust to stand behind every important system component.”   

CertainTeed Ridge Vent is available in 7, 9 and 12 inches with both filtered and unfiltered options. Each ridge vent is made of high-quality co-polymer to remain sturdy, nailable and flexible. Reinforced ribs provide greater stability and rigidity, imprinted slot guides ensure proper slot width, and nail holes and nail lines enable easy, mistake-free installation. The product line also includes a Class A fire-rated vent.

CertainTeed Rolled Ridge Vent, also available in filtered and unfiltered, is designed for use in roof pitches from 3/12 to 12/12. The product features a unique, virtually invisible profile that installs fast. 

CertainTeed Intake Vent is easily installed on a shingled roof with or without overhangs, and can be used to supplement existing soffit or undereave vents. Internal baffles, drainage system and weather filter provide three levels of weather protection. The intake vent allows air to flow into the attic and helps prevent heat build-up and ice dams. 

The products are designed with an external baffle to deflect wind and weather over the vent, creating low pressure above the vent to pull air out of the attic. Each vent comes in a black finish to blend with a variety of shingle colors and create a clean, uncluttered roofline, the company said.

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WOLF’s key buyer index rises

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WOLF’s Key Buyer Index (KBI) was up substantially between November and January, which runs counter to many of the less-than-stellar economic indicators from the building industry this winter.

The January 2014 KBI score came in at 64.73, a 20.6% increase from November 2013’s score of 53.67. January’s score is also a big improvement over the year-ago score of 58.33.

The KBI is a proprietary metric that measures independent dealers’ sentiments toward the near-term future of the building materials industry. Key buyers at various dealers across 26 states answer a monthly survey, which culminates in a score that reflects a neutral outlook at 50, with anything above that reflecting positive sentiment.

Perhaps a bit counterintuitively, sentiment in the winter-embattled Northeast ran higher than the average at 66.67.

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