A software upgrade for LP customers
LP released LP Wood-E Design 2011.2, an update to the in-house design software program that gives architects, engineers and designers the tools to quickly create floor, wall and roof designs using LP SolidStart I-Joists, LVL or LSL in residential or light commercial construction.
The new software release includes simplified menus to increase speed, while providing a more user-friendly interface and enhanced multi-product optimization.
“The versatility and efficiency of Wood-E Design software is already a proven solution for professionals who include LP SolidStart engineered wood products into their building plans,” said Kim Rogers, marketing associate, EWP. “The enhanced features of the new software update make the software easier, faster and ultimately a more effective design tool."
As an architect, it's great
As an architect, it's great to have a BYOD software application that allows you to easily create structure and test their functionality. With this new update of the Wood-E Design software, it's even easier than before because it's menus have been simplified and a lot of new features have been added. This software makes an architect or engineer's job a real pleasure.
Kleer Lumber’s TruEdge extends cleanliness of trim
Kleer Lumber now offers Kleer Trimboards with TruEdge, a technology designed to keep boards cleaner for longer periods of time.
More than just a smooth finish, TruEdge is a sealed edge that resists staining from dirt and grime and easily wipes clean if dirt should come in contact with the trimboards, the Westfield, Mass.-based company said.
“TruEdge is the result of months of research and innovative engineering,” said Walt Valentine, president of Kleer Lumber. “Our goal continues to be to produce high-quality PVC building products that provide contractors and dealers with the benefits they are seeking."
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Optimistic forecast for wall coverings
Demand for wall coverings is projected to advance 8.2% annually from a weak 2010 base to $2.2 billion in 2015.
Those numbers are from a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. The report, "Wall Coverings," calls for all the areas of wall coverings to show impressive growth through 2015.
Demand for wall coverings fell sharply in the wake of the economic recession and the collapse of the U.S. construction market, particularly residential construction, according to Freedonia.
Demand for wallpaper products is projected to increase 7.3% annually to $480 million in 2015. Demand for wall panel products is forecast to increase 9.0% annually to $1.2 billion in 2015. And demand for decorative tile wall coverings is projected to increase 7.1% annually to $450 million in 2015.
Sales of wall panel products will benefit from the expected recovery in residential construction activity, coupled with improving prospects in nonresidential construction markets. Laminate panels, in particular sheet panels, will continue to dominate demand, but greater growth prospects will emerge for several products at opposite ends of the value spectrum.
In the wallpaper category, the development of such products as wallpaper borders, custom wallpaper and textured wallpaper is expected to generate interest and sales, according to Freedonia. Also, advances in wallpaper technology, which make these products easier to apply and remove, will expand sales opportunities.
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