Did you know there’s a Top 10 website that lists everything from “Top 10 Reasons for Why People Should Read Comics” to “Top 10 Amazing Bioluminescent Organisms?” Really! The popularity of Top 10 lists is undeniable.
But not all lists are quirky or useless, a case in point: our Top 10 Products of 2011.
Every issue when readers circle a Reader Service Card number requesting more information about a product or service listed in the magazine, those requests become like votes that are tabulated by editors at the end of the year to determine what products and services attracted the most attention. What results is the Top 10 list. It provides us with a little more insight into what’s going on in the building world and what kinds of things you’re looking for to make your job easier, more efficient and more profitable.
In 2011, the hands-down winner was MWE-100 ventilation from Plyco featured in the August Rural Builder Source Book. But we don’t stop there. Following is a repeat performance by all the Top 10 products from 2011, giving you another chance to mark those RSC numbers for more information.
Plyco manufactures and distributes a variety of ventilation products designed to provide airflow to meet most requirements. The MWE-100 is a low profile unit, 10 feet in length with 12 square inches of free air space per lineal foot. The MW100-25 has a higher profile than the MWE and is open at the top. The ventilator has an internal diverter to direct rain off to the side and out onto the roof. The free air space per lineal foot is 30 square inches and it is 10 feet long. The MW100-35 has the same design as the 25 series with increased free air space of 36 square inches per lineal foot. The ventilator rises 4 inches above the ridge and comes 10 feet in length. The FMW100-35 is of the same design as the 35 series but the diverter is made from translucent fiberglass. Having the translucent fiberglass diverter allows light into the building ridge while keeping the rain out.
rFoil reflective insulation
Cannonball:HNP is a national distributor for rFoil reflective insulation products. Reflective insulation is easy and safe to install, reduces heat gain/loss, controls condensation and helps to lower energy usage. It is available in 4, 5 and 6 feet widths in single- or double-bubble thickness configurations. It is widely used and recommended for post frame, pre-engineered steel, agricultural and residential structures. It has a Class 1/Class A fire rating (ASTM E84-08) and has passed the most stringent testing for UV-resistance (ASTM-G155).
Dynamic Fastener offers a complete line of self-drilling and self-tapping fasteners, clip screws (that require a low clearance head when fastening into steel or wood), sealing washers and rivets. Fasteners are available with Dynamic’s premium long-life coating or with stainless steel coating. The company’s professional in-house painting operation enables custom matching/painting most screws or rivets with a one- or two-day lead time.
Equine building components
from MWI Components
MWI is a leading manufacturer of equine building products, producing stall fronts, partitions and components, Dutch or bale doors and sliding doors. MWI currently offers over 28 colors of powder-coat paint with a full-service in-house paint line. MWI also powder-coats three profiles of slide door rails, painted quickly to finish a building so customers no longer have to settle for white doors or black stalls. Owners can put their own personal touch on the final product.
EZ-v trim system from
The EZ-v trim system is an innovative patented system for installing vinyl windows in post-frame buildings. Custom painted shutters, windows and trim in white, brown, bronze, clay and custom colors will enhance the appearance of your next building. A.J. Manufacturing offers a complete line of durable high quality aluminum and vinyl windows. Options include horizontal sliding, fixed lite, casement, single hung, double hung, thermal, non-thermal, grids and Low E glass.
SIPs from Energy Panel Structures
Started in 1981, EPS is an employee-owned company specializing in the manufacturing of Structural Insulated Panels. Solid core buildings using SIPs, which constitute the largest growth market, offer Energy Star-rated buildings that are up to 50 percent more energy efficient than conventional construction.
Marco’s Flex-O-Vent, made of extremely durable tear-, flame-, and clog-resistant polyester, is designed to last and guaranteed to remain ‘Weather-Tite’ for 40 years. It is ASTM E 84 tested/rated; flexible to fit almost any roof and is easy to install by just one person. Due to its rubber texture, it won’t scratch roof panels and is building code compliant. Flex-O-Vent comes in easy-to-handle 10-foot rolls (mirroring most ridge cap lengths) and is available in contractor 10 packs. Its dual strip ¼-inch adhesive and no peel and stick backing saves you time during installation. It can be easily cut with scissors or utility knife. Flex-O-Vent has 99 percent recovery after compression. Better yet, it is very economical and helps to reduce energy costs.
Quik Drive fastening system from Simpson Strong-Tie
The popular Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive system now includes this heavy-hitting pro, the BGP300. It’s an innovative solution for fastening metal roofing and siding with hex-head screws and washers. The BGP300 quickly and easily installs collated fasteners for agricultural post-frame buildings and new and replacement residential roofing projects. Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving systems are easy to use, durable and designed for a wide variety of fastening applications, saving time and expense on jobsites every day.
Post-frame buildings from
Wick Buildings is a leader in the post-frame industry with more than 55 years in business and more than 67,000 buildings. Wick builds everything from industrial and light manufacturing facilities to banks and aviation buildings; from gas stations to churches; from equine and livestock facilities to storage facilities. When you choose to become a Wick builder, you’ll have a building partner with corporate strength and a name you and your customers can trust.
Thermal 3Ht insulation from Graber Post
Thermal 3Ht insulation from Graber Post is an air vapor barrier (convection), radiant blocker and thermal insulation all-in-one product. Enveloping the building, floors (optional), walls, ceilings or roofline prevents thermal bridging. It consists of expanded polystyrene foam core with highly reflective polymer barriers on both sides. This combination creates high performance insulation. It can be used in agricultural, commercial, residential and under concrete, etc. Proper installation is simple but important. RB