April ProRemodeler Product Showcase

New products for the remodeling industry

March 31, 2008

Dow

The purveyors of Styrofoam are at it again. Dow's Styrofoam SIS Structural Insulated Sheathing is a three-in-one solution that combines structural shear bracing, insulation and water-resistive barrier protection in one convenient product. The sheathing also eliminates the need for OSB and T-bracing or wood let-in bracing.

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Cummins Onan

Featuring an eye-pleasing all-climate enclosure, the RS1200 generator from Cummins Onan can power a four-ton air conditioner yet runs at only 64 decibels, or about the volume of a vacuum cleaner. Maintenance points on the unit are accessible without tools, and the polypropylene base reduces the need for a concrete slab base. The new service entrance rated transfer switch eliminates the need of a sub-panel.

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Ridgid

Little tool, big results. Fitting snugly into the palm of your hand is Ridgid's 12-volt Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver. It has a full-size integrated 3/8-inch chuck with an 18-position clutch. The built-in LED illuminates the work area, and the fast 30-minute charger allows you to keep going all day.

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30-minute charger allows you to keep going all day.


 

 

Honeywell

Sold as Storm-A-Rest, Honeywell's storm curtain allows homeowners to protect their homes from hurricanes by simply hanging a curtain in front of their windows and doors. Honeywell's high-strength Spectra fiber keeps the pr oduct at only 2.5 ounces per square foot while it can meet or exceed requirements for winds stronger than 155 mph and for impact from large wind-borne projectiles.

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requirements for winds stronger than 155 mph and for impact from large wind-borne projectiles.


 

Kolbe

Universal design was first and foremost on Kolbe's mind when the team retooled the Ultra and Heritage Series to include motorized operators, longer crank handles, larger knobs and oversized lever locks to make casement windows easier to use. On double-hungs, a crank handle allows the bottom sash to operate with minimal effort when the user is seated.

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Sakrete

Just add water. The 5000 Plus concrete mix by Sakrete is formulated for high-performance construction and repairs and only requires water. It achieves more than 5,000 psi, lending itself to long-lasting results and durability. It is ideal for high-strength applications in slabs, walkways and repairs and can also be used in concrete countertops.

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Trane

You can't stop this Trane. The new CleanEffects model from Trane uses the company's proprietary filter system to eliminate unwanted allergens and particles as small as .1 microns (1/1,000 the diameter of a human hair). During the flu season, the system removes more than 99 percent of other forms of the virus, including influenza B, influenza C and avian influenza from the filtered air.

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B, influenza C and avian influenza from the filtered air.


Bosch

The new CS5 circular saw by Bosch is designed to be a work-horse tool for framers, roofers, deck builders and remodelers. The CS5 also features a left-facing blade for better visibility and line of sight. It features a 15-amp motor that delivers 6,200 RPM — more than enough guts to cut through ¾-inch plywood and other dense materials.

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Crossville/Robert A.M. Stern Design

Created in conjunction with Robert A. M. Stern Design, the Building Blox collection of porcelain tiles made by Crossville features three patterns and a coordinating solid, all of which are available in nine colors. The tile may be used in multiple size, color and pattern combinations for floors, countertops, backsplashes or floor-to-ceiling rooms of tile.

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Quality Cabinets

Citing a homeowner trend toward dark, bolder colors, Quality Cabinets has introduced two finishes that offer a new level of refinement and design sense to the line. Espresso for Oak cabinets and Dulce for Maple have brown hues with black overtones. While not offered as glazes, the Espresso and Dulce are available on all Quality Cabinets and Designer series cabinets offered in Oak and Maple.

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Espresso and Dulce are available on all Quality Cabinets and Designer


 

Thermasol

Features precise temperature adjustment, variable session times, sound system volume control, chromatherapy and two user presets when used with the Serenity Light and Music System. The Signature Series Controls by ThermaSol are made in traditional and contemporary styles. The Contemporary Series (shown) is made for modern, Euro-style or transitional fixtures.

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Wolf Distributing Co.

Part of its exclusive Palette Collection, the new kitchen countertops from Wolf Distributing Co. includes a line of ¾-inch natural stone kitchen countertops. The countertops are available for immediate delivery in three natural granite colors and five different profiles. The company also added a line of laminate countertops with 69 colors and two profiles.

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laminate countertops with 69 colors and two profiles.


Lennox Hearth Products

A new addition to Lennox Hearth Products' catalytic vent-free gas fireplaces is The Elite Series. The fireplace is a smaller version of the current product line, measuring 231/8-inches wide by 27 inches tall and only 61/4-inches deep. The fireplace is designed to hang flat on a wall, making it ideal for contemporary living spaces, high-rises, lofts or any place where a chimney is not available.

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The fireplace is designed to hang flat on a wall, making it ideal for contemporary living spaces, high-rises, lofts or any place where a chimney is not available.


Cifial

The statuesque Brookhaven L-Spout Series by Cifial is well-suited for those with universal design concerns. The crown lever handles of the L-Spout Series are easily turned on and off with minimal effort for those with limited range of motion or who are suffering from arthritis. The series is available in eight finishes in three-hole wide-spread, wall mount and vessel bowl filler.

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Linear

 

HD fans need to look no further. Linear's new HDTV line offers both high-definition audio and video switching and amplifier products. Highlighting the product line is a 4 by 4 matrix device that allows you to view any four HDMI sources on four video displays. Switchers include 3 by 1, 4 by 1, 2 by 2, 2 by 4, and 4 by 2 configurations. Accessories include boosters for enhancing the video signals over long runs.

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GE

Available in June, GE's tankless gas water heater is able to fit into some tight spots. Manufactured in both outdoor and indoor models, the tankless gas water heaters have a compact footprint (23 inches high by 14 inches wide and 10 inches deep) and are a mere 50 pounds. A 7.5-gallon-per-minute flow is available in natural gas; the 9.4-gallon-per-minute flow is available in natural gas or LP gas.

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are a mere 50 pounds. A 7.5-gallon-per-minute flow is available in natural gas; the 9.4-gallon-per-minute flow is available in natural gas or LP gas. are a mere 50 pounds. A 7.5-gallon-per-minute flow is available in natural gas; the 9.4-gallon-per-minute flow is available in natural gas or LP gas.


Amarr

In addition to adding four new stamped-steel carriage house designs to the Classica Collection, Amarr has now added the first color to the line, Sandstone. The new Classica models include the Northampton, a recessed panel design, and the Edinburgh, which is based on a distinctive herringbone pattern. The new designs are made in 28- and 32-inch section heights with decorative window and hardware options.

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Semco

Built specifically for replacement applications, Semco's pocket double-hung replacement windows add visual appeal, save money on energy and bring convenience to a home. These modern windows fit right into existing frames. They can be cleaned on both sides from inside the house, and the extruded aluminum exteriors are stronger than roll-formed aluminum.

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Built specifically for replacement applications, Semco's pocket double-hung replacement windows add visual appeal, save money on energy and bring convenience to a home. These modern windows fit right into existing frames. They can be cleaned on both sides from inside the house, and the extruded aluminum exteriors are stronger than roll-formed aluminum.


Benjamin Obdyke

Designed to preserve the staying power of wood roofing, Benjamin Obdyke's Cedar Breather is a fire-resistant underlayment for wood shingles and shakes that provides a space for continuous air flow between the solid roof deck and the shingles. This eliminates excess moisture and allows the underside of the shingles to dry. It can be rolled out over standard 30-pound felt without using any special tools.

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This eliminates excess moisture and allows the underside of the shingles to dry. It can be rolled out over standard 30-pound felt without using any special tools.


Green River/Black Hawk

The Reserve Collection by Green River and Black Hawk offer natural cedar shingles made with Cedar Plus, a fire retardant. Hand-split, re-sawn and taper-sawn shakes are available in 24- and 18-inch lengths in 7/8-, 3/4 and 1-inch or greater thicknesses and random widths. Both companies used a variety of carbon-offsetting means to offer the products as "Carbon Neutral."

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Oldcastle Architectural

The latest additon to the Belgard Environmental series' line of permeable concrete products from Oldcastle Architectural is the Subterra Stone. Whereas traditional paver products merely allow water to run-off, Subterra uses a 9.5 percent void ratio, allowing rainwater to naturally drain through the paver into native sub soils — reducing the impact on the environment and storm water management systems while re-charging local aquifers.

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Shakertown

Western red cedar shingle siding scores points in both aesthetics and natural weather resistance. Shakertown's Rain Screen technology aids in the weathering department on the Craftsman One-Course cedar shingle panels. The panels are manufactured 8 feet long and are available in a 7-inch exposure size with a full plywood back, a thick 3/8-inch shingle butt and overlapping end-joints.

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Weather Shield

Casing options have been added to Weather Shield's Collections, Legacy and HR 175 product lines. The new one-piece casing profiles include 2-inch brick mold, 37/16-inch Washington casing and 2-inch stucco mold made in customizable widths and two thicknesses. The two-piece systems include six flat casing and nine back band options.

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Simpson Door Co.

A new choice offered by Simpson Door Co. on their French doors is the WaterBarrier Technology, the newest innovation from the company's Performance Series of weather-related products. The doors combine one-piece medium density overlay (MDO) and PVC sticking on the outside of the door to stop water from getting in.

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Overlay Init