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Weyerhaeuser gives hardwood floors an edge

BY Ken Clark

Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser introduced Hardwood Edge, an OSB floor panel specifically engineered for use under hardwood floors.

“Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular finishes for new homes, but it requires a stable, reliable subfloor that can withstand the high moisture conditions we have here in the Mid-Atlantic,” said David Walters, tactical product manager for Weyerhaeuser OSB. “Hardwood Edge flooring’s increased density and superior fastener-holding properties ensure hardwood flooring goes down easily and stays put, helping to reduce callbacks.” 

Hardwood Edge flooring is initially available in the Mid-Atlantic region only. 

Hardwood flooring poses unique challenges for installers: The inherent swelling and shrinkage of wood as a natural material, improper acclimatization of hardwood, and insufficient drying time if the OSB is wet can work together to loosen fasteners, which can lead to pops and squeaks in a finished floor. Hardwood Edge panels are the result of multiple years of research by Weyerhaeuser, working closely with builders and flooring contractors, to create a product that is designed for use under all hardwood floors.

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Versatex hires industry veterans

BY Ken Clark

Describing its new hires as “seasoned professionals,” Pittsburgh-based Versatex Trimboard bolstered its field sales lineup.

Rich Maurer, Versatex’s new regional sales manager for the Southeast, is based in Greenville, S.C. He will cover North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and the Gulf region. He brings with him more than 20 years of field sales experience. Most recently, he served as regional business manager for Patterson Pope, a distributor specializing in storage solutions for institutions and industry. 

Darren Kennedy, who joins Versatex as a market development specialist for western New York and Ontario, is based in Rochester, N.Y. His new territory stretches from Erie, Pa., to Albany, N.Y., and all across Ontario. He comes from Kennedy Home Center in Wellsboro, Pa.

Versatex Trimboard products are manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh, whose state-of-the-art facility produces cellular PVC trimboards, sheet, beadboard, moldings and prefabricated corners, as well as the innovative Versatex soffit system. 

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Dow Powerhouse shingles hit the East Coast

BY Ken Clark

Nexus EnergyHomes is partnering with The Dow Chemical Co. as the first home builder to offer the Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle to home buyers on the East Coast.

Nexus EnergyHomes is the 2012 Energy Value Housing Award "Builder of the Year." 

The Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle is an award-winning, integrated solar roofing system that protects the home and generates electricity. It is designed to combine the benefits of solar technology with the durability and performance of traditional roofing materials.

“This solar-integrated roof product protects the home, uses sunlight to power it and provides superior aesthetic appeal for our homes’ exterior design, and that is exactly what we were looking for, because they support our ability to lead the market in sustainable living,” said Paul Zanecki, Nexus EnergyHomes founder and president. “This is the future of new home building in America.”

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