The nation’s leading remodelers participated in a variety of sales-related seminars in the late summer and early fall of 2013.
September 2007 Remodeler Product Preview
Pockets abound in the heavy-duty worker shorts from Blåkläder. The company is known for its tremendously durable products, and this one is no exception. The shorts have reinforced utility pockets that can be tucked into the front pockets and a detachable screwdriver pocket is provided.
New work boots from DeWalt include the Bevel, Stabilizer and Truss models. The Bevel (shown) is a heavy-duty but lightweight steel toe boot that can double as casual wear. The Stabilizer has a comfortable athletic style and the Truss features heel supports, removable arch supports and Goodyear-brand soles for grip.
The compact 18-volt Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver, Model R86006, is the latest in a series of cool-looking new tools from Ridgid. The R86006 is lightweight and features a new lithium-ion battery. It delivers 455 inch pounds of torque and has a 24-position clutch and ½-inch single-sleeve chuck for quick bit changes.
Protecting your eyes is a priority on the job site, and the 4×4 brand of safety glasses from Gateway Safety feature a rugged design with impact protection and scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses. Standard, Sport and Style options are available. The Sport frames (shown) have a silver frame with mirrored lenses in sunset red, horizon blue, iridescent green or sterling silver.
Designer Erin Adams created the Luna tile line as an environmentally-conscious glass and aluminum tile collection developed in collaboration with Mexico-based Allumillenium Tile. The handcrafted tiles are available in sizes ranging from 1 by 6-inches to 6 by 6-inches and come in 36 colors. They are available through Ann Sacks Tile & Stone showrooms.
Five new sizes from Swanstone's Shower Wall kit line feature panels made from the company's solid surface and are delivered cut-to-size to fit the most popular shower floor dimensions, with no trimming necessary. The kits can be glued to existing walls and come with all installation supplies included.
Four new styles of decorative appliance pulls from Hickory Hardware are specifically designed for oversized cabinets and appliances with wood trim. According to Hickory, the pulls coordinate with the company's Cottage, Williamsburg, American Diner and Euro Contemporary cabinet hardware collections. They are available in 8- to 24-inch sizes and an assortment of finishes.
The Debut Collection from Sculptural Glass Doors features 15 different options in the company's ClearCast Glass. The designs feature crafted stile and rail wood doors in entry, patio, French and interior configurations. Woods include African mahogany, clear vertical grain fir, and walnut.
Containing 40 percent pre-consumer recycled waste products, the Crater and Summer lines from Avonite Surfaces are SCS certified as a sustainable surfacing product. The Crater features a black base with yellow, grey, red and brown accents. The Summer has a green hue with large flecks of black, grey and clear.
Combining standard tank and tankless water heating technology is the Eternal Hybrid water heater from Grand Hall. The Eternal Hybrid water heater works on the principle of counter flow, with cold water entering from the bottom of the tank and a top-mounted turbo burner that forces heat downward. According to the company, it achieves 86-percent thermal efficiency.
Meeting ASHRAE Standard 62, the ultra-quiet SmartSense system by Broan automatically coordinates ventilation fans in the home, running them intermittently throughout the day when necessary. A master control switch controls up to 10 fans. The kit includes two Ultra Silent fans (one 110 CFM fan, one 80 CFM fan), two SmartSense controls and a phase coupler.
The EnviroAire Duct Board from Johns Manville is formaldehyde-free fiberglass air duct board that replaces ordinary metal ducts to quietly and efficiently distribute air throughout the home. The boards feature the company's Envirocoat high tensile strength fiberglass mat on the airstream side and contain an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent.
Providing semiprecious stones for tiles and other applications, Green Fire Mineral's Tiger Eye option is one in a series of other offerings from the company. Included in the line are Lapis Lazuli, Malachite and Blue Tiger Eye. The company provides other exotic industrial stones and natural minerals in both rough and finished form.
Created as a natural alternative to their previous soy-resin acrylic-based add mix or sanded primer, the Mud Glue from American Clay is a zero-VOC dry powder binder that sticks to nearly anything, according to the company. It acts as a mold inhibitor and requires less water than other mixes.
It may seem counterintuitive, but Tulikivi's latest fireplaces actually fall under most green product guidelines. The company's EcoConscious line is made from heat-retentive soapstone that radiates heat for hours after the fire is out. The fireplaces also feature the Whirlbox combustion system that burns wood more thoroughly.
With indoor air quality concerns in mind, Trane's XV90i gas furnace runs longer than single-stage furnaces but at an energy-saving level. The variable speed motor is quieter and each unit has the company's CleanEffects system, which removes a reported 99.98 percent of airborne allergens.
The Echelon AC unit from Coleman has a two-speed motor for quieter and more efficient operation. Efficiency is helped by a unique swept-wing fan design that moves air smoothly off the blade with minimal turbulence to result in uniform distribution of cooling within the home. Output ranges from 24,000 to 60,000 BTUs per hour. It achieves a peak 15 SEER efficiency.
Touting it as lightweight, easy to install, the Hot2o from Fafco is a solar water heating system that uses polymer collectors and self-locking connectors for easy installation. The system connects to new or pre-existing water heating systems and qualifies for solar energy tax credits.
Homeowners who want to grab more sun can do so with a little more peace of mind with Gorell's Presidential sunrooms. The rooms feature the company's 3- or 4-inch thick panels with a Tuff-Kote Gold foam roof system that snap-locks into place. The 3-inch version provides an R-value of 12.75 and the 4-inch has an R-17 rating.
The EcoVent is a continuous tile-over ridge vent that sits under the hip and ridge tiles to efficiently remove hot, moist air from the attic space of a building. Made by EcoStar, it is manufactured in 20-foot long by 10½-inch wide rolls to offer more significant coverage.
A new edition to the company's Wood-Ultrex series, the Outswing French Door under Marvin's Integrity line has wide bottom rails with French door handles and a multi-point locking system. The windows are Low-E and filled with Argon gas. Dual weatherstrips provide additional protection, and factory-assembled frames and pre-hung panels make installation easier.
The green movement extends to the deck with PureWood's Linea line. Non-toxic and moisture- and pest-resistant, the boards are made thicker and feature a unique reversible groove pattern. Moisture is controlled by the company's Stellac process, which uses heat to change the actual physical characteristics of the wood without chemicals.
Touting it as the most complete line of solvent-free and green adhesives on the market, the latest offerings from GreenChoice includes seven solvent-free and one eco-safe polyurethane-based adhesive. The products cover all-weather subfloors, drywall, acoustical sealant and heavy-duty construction applications.