In every issue of both Rural Builder and Frame Building News we have a section called “Product Profile”. There, we showcase products for rural builders. Information and photos are sent to us by suppliers and manufacturers for free exposure in this special section of the magazines.
When our readers take the time to circle our Reader Service Cards to request more information about a given product, those requests are routed to the manufacturers and suppliers for follow up.
But here at the offices of Rural Builder and Frame Building News, we also use that information. By looking at the numbers of requests, we can better understand the products you need to keep your business running smoothly. It keeps us on track to provide you the most useful information.
Then, at the end of the year we tally all the results to find the products that make up our Top 10 list.
Below, we share with you the results for 2014: the best of the best. Keep those requests coming in! RB
Plyco Corporation – Commercial-quality windows and doors
Plyco always scores high in our annual Top 10 countdown. In 2014 Plyco did it again.. We give nod to Plyco’s commercial windows and walk doors.
Windows: Plyco’s CTBW is constructed of 100 percent thermalized aluminum extrusions with ¾-inch thermo pane glazing. AATL (All Aluminum Trimline) windows, is an aluminum frame window specifically designed for the metal clad building industry. CVW (Commercial Vinyl Windows), is a commercial grade vinyl window constructed with a 2-inch master frame and multi-chambered PVC profiles with welded corners to increase strength and maintenance-free beauty.Plyco’s vinyl framed basement windows are specifically designed for masonry applications.
Doors: Like its windows, Plyco’s full line of walk doors meets today’s building codes in every category, from agricultural and out buildings to commercial fire- and wind-rated to residential.
CannonBall:HNP – Flat Track Hardware System
CannonBall:HNP’s new flat track and hardware system was introduced in the March issue of Rural Builder. The system is perfect for that historical barn door look with the same quality that CannonBall:HNP is known for.
With the option of the horseshoe or strap systems, which include all the hardware needed, the possibilities are endless.
D.F. brand self-drilling screws are used for stitching and sheet-to-structural applications. Clip screws require a low clearance head when fastening to steel or wood. Fasteners are available in stainless steel and with the Dyna-Coat 1,000 hour salt spray premium coating.
The D.F. Fenderhead line includes the #14 self-drilling T-5 fastener. Available at 1-1/2 to 8 inches long, the T-5 will fasten steel to structural steel from .250 to .625 inches total steel thickness. The 3/8-inch HWH also comes with a large 5/8-inch O.D. washerface.
Fenderheads are available with the Dyna-Coat 1,000 hour salt spray premium coating.
MWI Components – Cupolas
Also high on the popularity charts for 2014 were cupolas from MWI Components.
Top 10 award-winning MWI-manufactured cupolas offer the perfect decoration for any post-frame project. MWI offers 24, 36, 48 and 66 inch choices in its four-sided design.
The company also offers an eight-sided octagon design that stands 7 or 12 feet tall. In addition to the vast color selection, customers have the option of specifying their cupolas with louvers or windows. MWI Components is centrally located in Spencer, Iowa and services customers in the post-frame building industry with quality products all over North America.
A.J. Manufacturing – Walk doors
A.J. Manufacturing grabbed attention last February with its line of walk doors.
Steel frame, composite frame and aluminum frame doors are all 4-way universal with factory-standard low profile sill.
Recent innovations, including the SST – Stainless Steel Responder, FGx – Fiberglass door, Responder and Partner doors demonstrate A.J.’s commitment to the post-frame industry.
Custom sizing, painting and labeling all add value to the doors and are part of A.J.’s commitment to building ideas for post frame.
Sno Gem Inc. – PV Cube standing seam attachment system
As standing seam roofing continues to grow in popularity, so does the need to securely attach things to it and Sno Gem continues to be an innovator. Introduced in the August issue of Frame News News was the PV Cube attachment system.
Three points of attachment provide unparalleled strength to the PV Cube standing seam attachment system from Sno Gem Inc. The clamp-to-seam solar panel racking and mounting system has been designed to accommodate virtually any standing seam metal roof. It features Sno Gem’s Silver Bullet set screws that feature a rounded bullet tip to maximize strength, but doesn’t damage the paint finish or pierce the seam.
To assist installers with attachment to a variety of standing seam profiles, Sno Gem has designed the PV Cube, the PV Cube Wide, the PV Cube Mini and the PV Cube Zip. All are constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum extrusion and employ the patent-pending WaveLock technology.
Levi’s Building Components – Titebond, EmSeal & Flovent
With a new name and renewed commitment to be a single-source for building components, Levi’s Building Components took top honors in 2014 from our September issue of Rural Builder with its offerings of adhesives and sealants. For everything you need to lock nature’s elements out of metal buildings check out Titebond (available in over 50 colors), EmSeal expanding foam, and the Flovent metal roofing ridge vent—tested to withstand driving rains with 100 mph winds.
Graber Post – Thermal 3HT
Graber Post continues to expand its product offerings. Showcased in the June issue of Frame Building News was Thermal 3HT insulation.
Thermal 3HT is a vapor barrier, an air barrier, a radiant barrier, and an insulator all in one product! It is for commercial, agricultural, industrial or residential applications. This type of insulation actually allows thermostats to be set 2 to 4 degrees lower than buildings with conventional insulation products. With Thermal 3HT, your building is environmentally friendly, has stable performance, is water resistant, insect and mold resistant, and has great durability.
SnoBlox-Snojax – RoofClamp
Snow guard solutions put SnoBlox-Snojax at the top of our list in the May issue of Rural Builder.
SnoBlox-Snojax offers a variety of snow retention systems for most metal roof applications. Every product is professionally tested, American made and most ship the same day.
SnoBlox-Snojax has snow guard solutions with a variety of mounting options including adhesive attachment, mechanical fastening and non-penetrating clamp attachment. Products are backed with lifetime warranties. Free system design services are available.
Palram Americas –Palight Trimboard Sand Color
Featured as a new product last August in Rural Builder was Palram Americas’ addition of sand-colored Palight Trimboard to its lineup.
The fully pigmented trimboard is manufactured with color throughout the board, eliminating any need for touch-up painting after routing, millwork or installation.
It is available in smooth/smooth and also in a reversible option with wood grain/smooth textures. The reversible option allows for reduced inventory requirements at distributor warehouses, at lumberyards, and even for contractors who hold small amounts of inventory. It is available with Palram’s exclusive protective release film, ensuring the product stays clean from production through installation.