New Building Materials Yellowknife NT
Fort Smith, NT
New Building Materials
- Authentic-Looking Stone on Wood Frame Walls
- Mill-It-Yourself Frame-and-Panel Wainscoting
- Instant Stair Stringers
You’ve got to know as much as your builder if you want the best homebuilding and renovation results. At least when it comes to new materials, anyway. New products hit the market every day, but they’re hidden in a crowd of mediocre items that claim to be revolutionary yet aren’t. Few builders have the time or inclination to keep up on all the latest stuff, so let me point to six specific items that could make your next building or renovation project a whole lot better.
Authentic-Looking Stone on Wood Frame Walls
- Fusion Stone (www.fusionstone.ca; 800-265-3174) is a Canadian invention that uses a system of stainless steel brackets to anchor manufactured stone segments to the wood sheathing on exterior, wood-frame walls.
- The big plus here is the fact that this system is designed for use with mortar. This eliminates the canned look of mortarless brick veneer systems and makes installation much more forgiving.
- If you go wonky with mortarless brick, there’s no easy fix. The undulations remain and usually get worse as you go up.
- With Fusion Stone you can gently steer back on track by varying mortar joint width. No one will ever know.
Mill-It-Yourself Frame-and-Panel Wainscoting
- There are two main parts to traditional frame and panel wainscoting. The vertical strips (called ‘stiles’) and the horizontal strips that connect with them (called ‘rails’).
- Freud (www.freud.ca; 800-263-7016) is the first-to-market with a single router bit that mills both the edges of stiles and rails, and an interlocking reverse profile on the ends of rails that connect to them (item#99-470).
- Ideal for making wainscot frames and library-style wall paneling.
- I’ve used this bit and it’s fast, easy to set up and cuts ultra-clean.
Instant Stair Stringers
- Quebec-based company Stairframe Inc. (www.stairframe.com; 877-793-7263) makes a series of metal stair stringers that replace the usual wooden ones.
- They’re designed to carry wood treads and ornamentation so the finished look of the staircase is identical to traditional, all-wood designs.
- By offering a mix of metal stair stringers in various combinations, the Stairframe system provides over 3700 different possible configurations.
- And while this sounds daunting, it isn’t thanks to the do-it-yourself, online design system Stairframe has created to support their product. A lot faster than cutting wood stringers and demands much less skill.
- If putting in stair stringers is too ambitious for your do-it-yourself skills try a general contractor from casaGURU. All of them are licensed, insured and homeowner rated.
- House Wrap with the Gloves Off
- New and Improved Composite Deck Materials
- Factory-Finished Wood Siding
House Wrap with the Gloves Off
- Canadian researchers at Cosella-Dorken (www.cosella-dorken.com; 888-4DELTA4) have come up with a new kind of house wrap that’s more than just a sandwich bag for houses.
- It’s very thick, very tough and completely capable of dealing with water that sneaks past exterior siding.
- It’s called Delta-Dry and it’s going to change the way homes are wrapped, making back-of-siding water damage a very unlikely possibility. It’s about time, too.
New and Improved Composite Deck Materials
- Composite deck and dock materials are a 50/50 blend of wood fibre and plastic that replace wood in outdoor applications.
- Composites replace the need for finishing, with recent offerings looking better than ever.
- You can see some great new composites at www.trex.com; 800-289-8739. I especially like their Accents and Brazilia lines.
Factory-Finished Wood Siding
- Offered by a growing number of companies, factory-finished wood siding speeds construction and boosts durability of this old-time favourite.
- Factory finishes last longer than site-applied paints and stains and usually include a manufacturers warranty that ranges from 15 to 20 years.
- One choice that’s widely available in Canada is called Fraser Cedar (www.frasercedar.com; 866-630-2495). This product uses the legendary Cabot finishing system, independently verified as the most durable outdoor wood finish available for the last three years running.