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Trex Co. expands its TrexTrim line

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Winchester, Va.-based Trex Co., the manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, is expanding its TrexTrim line with the addition of new moulding profiles.   

The new TrexTrim moulding profiles include a Garage Door Stop, which is designed to help seal the gap between the garage door and the doorjamb. It both improves a home’s energy efficiency and prevents dirt, insects, wind and moisture from entering the garage. Additionally, a new 18-ft. Brick Mould profile is suited to trim windows, entry doors and garages.  

A Brick Mould profile is suited to trim windows, entry doors and garages — enhancing the curb appeal of a home.

Along with the new profiles, Trex says it has improved the surface aesthetics of its moulding offerings with a matte finish that is aligned with contemporary home design trends and was developed as a direct result of homeowner demand. The new finish also more closely matches TrexTrim boards, sheets and builder profiles. 

“With a wider variety of moulding profiles and a new matte finish, Trex is proving that we will continue to grow and innovate our TrexTrim product portfolio,” said Ron Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. “For our dealers and distributors – as well as building professionals – these options provide additional opportunities for profitability and design flexibility.”

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Versatex points to breakthrough technology

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pittsburgh-based Versatex Trimboard has announced the availability of a 1½-in.-thick, single-extruded, cellular PVC sheet with the launch of Versatex Max.

The product is available in nominal 48-in. widths and four standard lengths; 8 ft., 12 ft., 16 ft. and 18ft. Versatex Max sheets are promoted as offerig the same tight cell structure, density, core consistency and +/- 1/32-in. thickness tolerance found in all other Versatex products, the company said. 

“For years OEMs, millwork customers and custom home builders who do ornamental work with PVC have pushed manufacturers for something thick enough to reduce lamination costs in the shop and the field,” said Versatex president John Pace. “We pride ourselves on innovation, so we’re thrilled to have made a 1 ½-in. sheet a practical reality.”

The technology is designed to save millwork shops and OEMs time and money by greatly reducing lamination steps during fabrication, the company said. It is ideal for custom mouldings, rail systems, pergolas, corbels or other decorative elements that require thicker cellular PVC. 

Versatex Trimboard is manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh.

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Weather Trends retail forecast

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Temperatures in June 2013 will trend similar to last year for the United States as a whole, with warmer year-over-year temperatures on the East and West Coasts and cooler temperatures across the Central states. Seasonal warm weather categories will see the strongest demand along the East and West Coasts for the month overall, while the week leading up to the Independence Day holiday will be most favorable (warm and dry) in the West. Meanwhile, the Central states will be stuck in a cooler pattern during the latter half of the month, which will dampen seasonal category demand.

Compared with a very dry June 2012, this year will be much wetter from the Rockies to the Mid-Atlantic, which will result in stronger demand for indoor-related project items than last year. There will be an increased threat of severe weather across the Plains this year, which would increase home center traffic and demand for items such as chainsaws, plastic sheeting, plywood and other storm-related merchandise.

Last year, there were two tropical systems that brought flooding rain to Florida, increasing demand for items such as bleach, paint, plastic sheeting and desiccants. Tropical activity should be much less in June 2013, however, if any storms develop the greatest risk of impact would be along the Gulf Coast.

For consumer-friendly, long-range forecasts anywhere in the world, visit wt360.com. Business services are available at wt360business.com.

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