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Top 100 Products for 2020: Exteriors

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Top 100 Products for 2020: Exteriors

Products from Derby Building Products, Danver, DaVinci Roofscapes, Alside, Dörken Systems, Fi-Foil, James Hardie, LG Solar, MiTek, Nichiha USA, Thermory, Unilock, Versatex Building Products, LP SmartSide, and Boral. 

August 7, 2020

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1. Derby Building Products

Derby Building Products has added Atlantica to its Beach House Shake line. This light, silvered gray color (shown) reflects the feel of the Atlantic coast. Other hues in the line are Sandcastle, with the look of white cedar; Hatteras, a deep, weathered gray; and Pacifica, which resembles western red cedar. Designed for easy installation, the panelized shakes are lightweight; won’t rot, decay, crack, or split; and resist moisture and insects, according to the company. 

2. Danver

These cabinets for the outdoor kitchen are from Danver, which makes stainless steel outdoor cabinetry in an array of designer colors and door styles. Its products offer the design flexibility of a semi-custom wood line, a wide selection of powder coat finishes (including realistic wood grains), fast and easy on-site installation, and compatibility with any manufacturer’s grill or other outdoor appliance. The cabinets are manufactured-to-order in the USA.

3. DaVinci Roofscapes

Eight colors now are available in DaVinci Roofscapes’ hand-split shake siding line: Sage (shown), Bark, Granite, Slate Blue, and Taupe. Three more from the Nature Crafted Collection also are available: Black Oak, Aged Cedar, and Mossy Cedar. These composite siding shakes resist impact, fire, mold, algae, insects, high winds, and salt air. Each tile is 18” tall with a ⅝ thickness and comes in 8” or 10” widths. Limited lifetime warranty; 100% recyclable. 

4. Alside

New on-trend colors have been added to the Explorer Collection by Alside, manufacturer of siding, vinyl windows, and patio doors. The new siding, soffit, trim, and accessory colors include on-trend grays, browns, blue, red, and greens. The expanded color palette allows owners to personalize their home exteriors while boosting curb appeal. And builders and remodelers can experience design flexibility, ease of installation, and trouble-free maintenance. The collection comes with a lifetime warranty. 

5. Dörken Systems

Dörken Systems Inc. introduces DELTA-FASSADE SA, a four-layer, self-adhered air- and water-resistive barrier for buildings. This new product, which provides more open-joint cladding protection, is described as a hybrid between Dörken’s DELTA-VENT SA and DELTA-FASSADE S. The company reports that it meets the industry’s toughest standards. The product’s inherent air and water tightness protects building enclosures even during severe weather and wind-driven rain.


6. Fi-Foil

The home uses HY-Fi Hybrid Reflective Insulation from Fi-Foil in walls and roofs to reduce radiant heat transfer, which is a big issue in hot, sunny climates. The product is installed between the drywall and insulation and includes three reflective air spaces that, according to the manufacturer, add an extra R-8. When Fi-Foil is installed over spray foam, the builder can achieve the wall’s target R-value with a reduced foam thickness. This saves money and eliminates the need to shave excess foam from the wall after installation.

7. James Hardie

James Hardie has introduced a range of new products. The new Artisan Shingle comes in nine sizes, with different wood-grain variations and 15 pre-finished color blends. The HardieSoffit VentedPlus Panel features newly designed vent holes that deliver 12.6 square inches of net free ventilation per linear foot. The HardieBacker with HydroDefense, Hardie’s new cement backer board is waterproof; no waterproofing agent has to be applied across the entire surface area.

8. LG Solar

The home’s roof features a high-efficiency 14.6 kW photovoltaic array from LG Solar. The array’s LG NeON R modules have been designed to significantly enhance its output, making it efficient even in limited space. These modules have been engineered to generate a stable output even in high temperatures conditions. They retain their effectiveness over time: After 25 years, they’re guaranteed to produce at least 88.4% their initial power output. 

9. MiTek

The home uses a variety of MiTek structural connectors including joist hangers, foundation straps, and tie-downs to resist wind and seismic forces. These include Gold Coat corrosion protection which, according to the company, offers corrosion resistance superior to galvanized hardware but costs less than stainless steel. The MiTek HardyFrame Shear Wall System, which includes panels and metal stiffeners, has been installed next to the wide openings at the garage and outdoor kitchen. 

10. Nichiha USA

Nichiha USA, maker of fiber cement architectural wall panels and cladding products, has added a panel size to its VintageWood siding series. The new 17⅞”x719⁄16” panels make it possible to stagger panels horizontally to create natural architectural looks. It also eliminates the need for sealants and flange backer every 10’, which speeds up installation and reduces costs for customers. Panels come in bark, cedar, redwood, and ash colors for residential and commercial applications. 

11. Thermory

Thermory’s Drift has the dependability of treated wood, but the look of age. Buyers can choose to have the wood oiled, to keep its original color, or they can let it eventually turn to a silvery gray. Ignite (shown) mimics the look of shou sugi ban, a Japanese wood-treating technique in which timber boards are charred, sealing and protecting the wood’s interior. Instead of charring, however, Thermory puts its modified wood through an embossing process for texture and then uses a black finish.

12. Unilock

Homeowners wanting to help direct rainfall away from storm sewers and back into the natural ecosystem are finding Permeable Pavers by Unilock to be an excellent solution. These pavers are made with extra space between them so rainwater can drain back into the ground below, and special materials used in the permeable base and joints encourage water flow-through. The company’s eight permeable pavers include Thornbury (shown), a popular choice for driveways.

13. Versatex Building Products

A new color has been added to the Canvas Series of PVC trimboards by Versatex Building Products. Weathered Grey closely resembles the color, texture, and matte surface of up-cycled cedar planks for homeowners seeking an easy-to-install alternative to wood for a rustic finish on their decks, patios, and porch ceilings. The ability to resist the sun’s rays, moisture, and heat is characteristic of the Canvas color options: Amber, Black Cherry, Macore, Walnut, and (shown) Weathered Grey. 

14. LP SmartSide

LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is a complete line of high-performance products that features engineered wood technology designed to increase durability. All LP SmartSide products are treated with LP’s innovative SmartGuard manufacturing process, which helps the products resist hail and wind damage, termites, and fungal decay. The products are available in multiple colors, styles, and widths.

15. Boral

Versetta Stone by Boral is a mortarless, panelized stone siding that is unlike traditional stone veneer. Its panelized design allows for easy installation with mechanical fasteners while recreating the look of stone, which Boral says will save professionals time and money. This cement-based product delivers a consistent color, quality, and weight and comes in a variety of colors and styles.

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