PR November 2004

August 16, 2010

Features

Valulite Fiberglass Insulation by Pacor is a lightweight, highly resilient blanket-type thermal and acoustical insulation. Available in two levels of conductivity, Valulite-24 and Valulite-25, the insulation is effective at temperatures of up to 350 degrees. Its glass fibers are both incombustible and non-hygroscopic and available in thicknesses and widths from 24 to 72 inches.

The three-season and extended season patio rooms are available as packaged modular kits or as individual components for customized installations. The three-season room offers single-glazed, fully tempered safety glass in fingertip-controlled sliding windows and doors, snap-lock insulated roof panels and Duratex wall panels.

Owens Corning's new Woodcrest and Woodmoor Collection shingles are available for low-slope roofs in the Southwest, Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions. Available in seven colors, the shingles feature TruBond sealant, which seals at lower temperatures and provides wind resistance. The extra-thick Woodmore shingles offer a limited lifetime warranty with a 100-mph wind resistance limited warrant...

The Intuitive Eco IWL12 clothes washer by Fisher & Paykel comes with a "how dirty" option so homeowners can select how dirty a load is for the best water level, wash action, time, rinse and spin cycle. The washer offers 12 specialty cycles for specific stains and clothing uses and three cycles for delicates: creasables, hand wash and wool.

SoftPlan Review, by SoftPlan Systems, is an added module to SoftPlan Version 12.5 that functions as a drawing viewer and mark-up tool. With a PC, designers, builders and contractors can have instant access to view, comment and mark-up drawings. SoftPlan review allows users to access plans on site, create mark-ups and comments, place symbol items from pre-defined libraries and query between any ...

System 4500 tilt-turn architectural windows by Rehau have a high-quality, European-engineered dual sealing system and an uninterrupted inner compression seal around the window to protect against the elements. A multi-point locking system improves overall aesthetics and provides consistency, while the multi-chambered design provides superior thermal insulation.

Stainless steel grills, refrigerators, cabinetry and sinks are available for any chef's outdoor kitchen. With cabinets and counter material made of granite or marble, and appliances made from 304-grade stainless steel, outdoor dining has become easy. No welds or screws are used in construction of doors and all corners are welded smooth.

Celesta Luxury Glass Enclosures are frameless and custom designed and crafted to help homeowners create the ultimate shower environment. With an array of hinges, pulls and towel bars available in a variety of finishes, and three styles of safety-tempered glass, there are many options to choose from. The LX950 enclosure (pictured) features a door and panel with 90-degree return, a brushed nickel...

Dap

This latex-based window and door foam sealant is toolable and cleans up with just soap and water. DAPtex Plus by Dap is made with CoVinyl-X9000 for added strength and durability. The sealant meets the American Architectural Manufacturers Association standards for windows and doors regarding resistance to air and water infiltration.

ODL

With the Integral Shade by ODL, homeowners never have to clean or dust their shades again. A soft white fabric shade that diffuses light and blocks heat is enclosed between two layers of insulated safety glass. This means no exposed cords or swinging blinds. Operated by a control bar on both ends, the shade features a top down/bottom up option, providing additional light control and privacy.

Style Solutions introduces Style-Cast Columns, a line of more than 160 tapered and non-tapered round and square fiberglass reinforced polymer columns. Non-porous and waterproof, the columns can even be used as channels for downspouts and wiring and plumbing. The unfinished gray columns range in heights from 6 feet to 24 feet.

Bookcases from Timberlake Cabinet Co. are available in cherry, maple, hickory and oak hardwoods, in a variety of different finishes, including glazes. They come in a white thermofoil option as well. Offered in heights from 48 to 96 inches and depths from 12 to 24 inches, the bookcases are ideal entertainment centers, libraries, kitchens and offices.

Carlisle's CCW-525 liquid-applied waterproofing membrane is ideal for balconies, roof decks, shower stalls and kitchens, as it prevents lateral water migration in a variety of applications. Moisture cured and coal-tar free, the membrane can be used on both above- and below-grade vertical and horizontal applications.

The new Accents collection of full escutcheon handle sets, decorative roses, knobs, levers and deadbolts, as well as a French door escutcheon option, can be made to match any room's décor. Other features include field reversible levers, concealed screws and an adjustable handle set post for easy installation and retrofit upgrades.

CertainTeed's EverNew Kingston Railing System for decks, porches and balconies provides greater reinforcement in the rails with an aluminum bracket in the rail-to-post connection. Vinyl trim covers, designed for flat, stair, column, 45-degree and 22½-degree applications, conceal the brackets and fasteners from elements and create a seamless appearance.

Price Pfister offers Catalina, a pullout spray head lavatory faucet with arc styling for increased sink clearance. Users can toggle between the standard stream and spray modes by simply twisting the aerator, either while the pullout is extended or retracted. The faucet features a 55-inch stainless steel braided hose and ceramic disc valve for leak-free operation.

Texcote's Super Cote home exterior paint is 10 times thicker than ordinary house paint and has a heat-reflective formulation that can reduce the surface temperature of exterior walls by up to 40 degrees. The paint can be applied to stucco, wood, masonry and fiber-cement surfaces. Super Cote fights mildew and algae and helps prevent fading, even when used with dark-colored pigments.

The Slim-Line patio door system by Therma-Tru offers an advanced trouble-free track system that can withstand severe weather conditions. A broad viewing area lets light in, while tempered low-E glass and double weather-stripping provide energy efficiency. Available in one-, two-, three- and four-panel configurations with a range of widths and 6-feet, 8-inch and 8-feet heights, the door system c...

Timbermill woodgrain vinyl siding panels from Resource Material Corp. are made with TempRite CPVC vinyl material that is impervious to wood-boring insects and can resist fading. Timbermill log panels shield a home from exterior noise while reducing air leakage, heat transfer and water infiltration. The siding can withstand high altitudes and extreme sun exposure, with temperatures reaching 220 ...

Drawer dishwashers by KitchenAid allow users to wash two loads simultaneously at different cycle settings. With a variety of functional configurations, delicate items can be washed separately from pots and other heavy-duty kitchenware. Homeowners can even wash smaller loads using less water and power or wash dishes separately in kosher kitchens.

TEC

TEC Crack Isolation Membrane is a one-step surface preparation product that suppresses reflective cracking up to 1/8 inch. The membrane allows contractors to install ceramic tile, natural stone and epoxy terrazzo floor systems over green concrete with less waiting time. The two-component, 100 percent acrylic-modified system uses a polymer that when mixed with the cement enables the membrane to ...

These metal and glass doors come in the Gothic, Moderna, Celestial, Classical, Mission and Monolithic collections. All doors can be tailored to customers' needs in size, metal, patina and finish. The doors come pre-hung with frame and prepared hardware and can be specified as a single or double door, with or without side-lites and transom.

Twice a year I trek eastward to Harvard University to hear the latest research from the Joint Center for Housing Studies' Remodeling Futures Program. During one presentation this October, the speaker referred to "the Diderot effect" in remodeling. Denis Diderot, an 18th-century French philosopher, wrote an essay entitled "Regrets on Parting with My Old Dressing Gown.

The Timberlast wood composite decking and vinyl railing system from Kroy Building Products is made from material less than 1½ inches thick. With wood particles and fibers encased in plastic, deck board is protected from traditional problems like rot and decay. The deck's surface has a brushed texture to provide slip resistance in both wet and dry weather.

Create a custom bath cabinet design with details including moldings, decorative fillers and toe kicks for hutches, linen cabinets, storage and medicine cabinets and mirrors. Three detailed door styles are available in nine finishes. Specify curved doors, dressing tables and cabinet ends as well. Contact: 888/829-1140 www.

Mann's Architectural Medicine Cabinets are made using real wood panels and solid wood moldings that are hand cut into leaves, flowers and fluted columns. Standard cabinets are available in both wall mount and recessed styles with mirrors measuring 19½×17 inches. Larger sizes include the Tall Boy cabinet, with a mirror measuring 25×17 inches and the Twin Sink Vanity cabinet, which...

White Lighting polyurethane concrete repair by Diversified Brands can seal joints up to 1 inch wide. Designed for both interior and exterior use, it is available in a gray, 10-ounce fiber cartridge packaging. Contact: 800/777-2966 www.diversifiedbrands.com Circle 185

Republic's garden window uses trapezoid casements on the working lites to give an expanded view of the outdoors. The window can be ordered with decorative V-groove glass, designed to catch the sunlight like a prism, or decorative grids, available in several patterns. For added protection, the window's roof is made of insulated tempered glass.

The desire to present a consistent picture of oneself to the world, as represented by the goods we possess, is what researchers of consumer behavior refer to as 'the Diderot effect.'

With Heartland's new Visionary Accents, users can match exterior trim and shutters exactly. Featuring bold designer colors, including wineberry, forest green, bordeaux, and black, the trim is available in 3½-inch window and door surround, 3¾-inch outside corner post and 5-inch outside corner post.

Danze adds both one- and two- handle models to the pull-down spout faucet line of the Sonora Collection. Available in three finishes: chrome with satin nickel accents, stainless steel and polished chrome, the new faucets feature a quiet running hose and an aerated spout. Contact: 877/530-3344.

Simpson Strong-Tie launches its Architectural Products Group of prefinished connectors and concealed joist ties for exposed wood application installation. With a textured black powder-coat finish, the connectors are available for both interior and exterior applications. The line includes the Classic, Rustic and Specialty (shown) collections.

Vetter adds the French Sliding Patio Door to its ProV 200 line, featuring wide stiles and rails in maintenance-free PVC with high-impact modifiers and UV stabilizers. The frame and panels are fully welded, and the locking and interlocking stiles have internal steel reinforcements. The door features smooth operating, end-adjustable tandem ball-bearing rollers, and a lever-action mortise lock wit...

BreatheClean's whole home air purification system installs directly into the home's central ductwork and destroys most pathogens that pollute indoor air, says the manufacturer. The system applies high-intensity ultraviolet light to destroy mold spores, bacteria, fungi, yeast and viruses, including influenza and the common cold.

Valulite Fiberglass Insulation by Pacor is a lightweight, highly resilient blanket-type thermal and acoustical insulation. Available in two levels of conductivity, Valulite-24 and Valulite-25, the insulation is effective at temperatures of up to 350 degrees. Its glass fibers are both incombustible and non-hygroscopic and available in five thicknesses and widths from 16 to 72 inches.

Yorktowne's Signature Collection introduces Contours Maple and Cherry, two solid wood overlay slab door options. Contours Maple is available in eight finishes including Antique White, Oatmeal and Spice, while Contours Cherry comes in Butternut, Honey and Garnet. The Signature Collection styles come in both the Platinum option, featuring solid maple drawers, trays and adjustable shelves in both ...

Martco Limited Partnership's GRID Panel System is available in OSB and plywood, in a variety of thicknesses and grades. The preprinted measurements and hatch marks on the face of the GRID allow workers to saw a straight or angle cut without measuring and marking chalk lines, saving time. The GRID can be ordered with a radiant barrier system, which reflects solar heat away from homes and keeps i...

SafeHarbor impact-resistant windows by Atrium are designed to resist hurricane-force winds and reduce the amount of ultraviolet light and outside noise entering a home. The windows are engineered using a 90-millimeter polyvinylbutyral film that is sandwiched between two 1/8-inch thick pieces of annealed glass, and firmly anchored in a heavy-duty aluminum frame.

Designed by Victor Hoernig of the Ginger Design Group, Motiv's London Terrace double sconce light is a reinterpretation of an authentic English Victorian design. Available in polished chrome, polished nickel, polished brass and satin nickel, the light is also offered as a single sconce. Contact: 888/469-6511 www.

SoftPlan Review, by SoftPlan Systems, is an added module to SoftPlan Version 12.5 that functions as a drawing viewer and mark-up tool. With a PC, designers, builders and contractors can have instant access to view, comment and mark-up drawings. SoftPlan review allows users to access plans on site, create mark-ups and comments, place symbol items from pre-defined libraries and query between any ...

Kohler introduces BubbleMassage air jet technology to its Experience and ProFlex whirlpool bath collections for additional massage control. Eight new models provide a variety of shapes, designs and sizes. A variable-speed blower allows consumers to enjoy a light, bubbling experience or a powerful massage, with several levels of intensity in between.

Structural insulated panels are now available with OnGuard, an additive that provides mold and insect protection. Made with expanded polystyrene rigid foam insulation, sandwiched between oriented strand board, the panels provide protection against decay, fungi and wood-destroying insects. OnGuard is non-toxic, safe to handle, highly stable and contains no harmful residual elements.

Meyda Lighting adds new designs to its Comfort Lighting line of decorative lighting, featuring fabric and glass shades with bases and components. The line includes table and floor lamps, ceiling pendants, chandeliers and wall sconces. The Amherst five-arm chandelier (pictured) features Saffron leaf print fabric shades and golden bead accents.

Falcon Foam wall insulation contains recycled content and has high potential for recyclability, making it ideal for firms that practice construction waste management. The light-weight insulation is easy to hoist, handle and install for labor-saving economy. Contact: 770/952-1442 www.falconfoam.com Circle 194

Quick-Step's Elegance line of laminate planks introduces Red Oak, featuring individual random lengths, four-sided micro-beveled edges, and a textured wood grain finish with contrasting/high and low gloss. Available in natural, honey (pictured) and dark colors, the planks are only 4.1 inches wide, designed to replicate the look of traditional hardwood floors.

Ridgid's variable speed orbital jig saw (Model R3120) features a durable die-cast gearbox that reduces vibration. Its 6-amp motor and variable speed dial with electronic feedback allow the jig saw to maintain cutting speed through almost any material. A dust port and chip shield allow up to 90 percent of excess material to be collected through a vacuum dust collection system, while a motor blow...

AquaLED recessed LED lighting system by Osram Sylvania comes equipped with four long-life Osram Power TOPLEDs in either white or blue for both outdoor and indoor applications. Available in chrome or granite finish, the fixture can be connected in series with a 10-volt transformer and consumes a maximum of 0.

Spray-in, formaldehyde-free, fast-dry insulation from Johns Manville can help reduce construction defects such as gaps, inadequate cavity-fill and settling and wall cavities that are not completely filled. The fibers of the Spider insulation system are mixed with a non-hazardous adhesive that eliminates the need for netting and speeds up drying schedules.

The Horizon Series direct vent FenderFire gas fireplace is equipped with a programmable remote control, six-piece log set and authentic-looking brick liners. Featuring arch doors in vintage iron with optional cast iron trim, the fireplace is 35¾×31¾ inches and has a 6,500 to 30,000 BTU/hour fire range.

These gas cut-off saws slice concrete, tile, ceramics and piping with a reversible blade flange that can handle both 20-millimeter and 1-inch blade arbors and can operate 12- or 14-inch blades. Weighing 21 and 23 pounds respectively, the SHS62 and SHS81 are powered by 4.7- and 6.3-horsepower, 2-cycle EPA-approved gasoline engines.

Sussman's Tempo family of controls for MrSteam steam bath generators all feature a digital display with programmable time and temperature selections, with two preferred settings retained in memory, and on/off/pause modes. Available in designer finishes including polished chrome (pictured), brushed nickel, pewter, polished gold and oil rubbed bronze, the controls have soft-touch, easy-to-read ke...

Stone Natural Quartz Surfacing is the newest addition to the Formica family. With 12 neutral colors, ranging from Breccia Crème to Blue Crystalle (pictured), it is stain resistant and suitable for horizontal and vertical applications. Made from natural quartz and high-performance polymers, Formica Stone is nonporous and does not require sealing, buffing or reconditioning.

With a smudge-resistant stainless steel exterior, adjustable shelf heights and the Pure Advantage ice and water filtration system, the Icon counter-depth refrigerator by Electrolux is perfect for any serious kitchen. Digital sensors keep food at optimum temperature while an audible alarm sounds when the door is ajar.

The Striebig compact vertical panel saw from Colonial Saw is a freestanding unit with a fully welded frame that can handle sheets up to 5×10 feet. Made for users who require a smaller saw, it cuts perfect edges on particleboard, acrylic and composites, plastic and non-ferrous metal panels to an accuracy of 1/10 mm.

Panasonic's ductless mini split air conditioners function with a separate outdoor unit that can be placed up to 82 feet away using a connecting pipe. With the compressor outside the home, the noise stays outdoors. The air conditioner features a one-touch air filter, luminous remote control, airflow direction control and a removable, washable panel.

Bach introduces the Allemande bathroom ensemble collection featuring a widespread lavatory faucet, tub and shower fixtures and a Roman tub faucet. Each is available in six finishes: polished chrome, polished nickel, satin nickel, polished brass, satin brass and oil-rubbed bronze. Coordinating bathroom accessories including a towel bar, paper holder and robe hook.

Aquatic's Air Bath Collection welcomes Serenity XI to its line, featuring 60 air jets and continuous bubble action, wave and pulse modes. The bath has a 1 HP variable speed air blower with a 600-watt air heating system and remote blower. Available in 72×40×29 inches, the bath comes in 30 designer colors and includes a waterproof remote control.

Provision Tools introduces the PiViT Thumb, an ergonomically-designed thumb holder for painters that snaps easily onto the wire handle of any gallon-size paint can. The user places a thumb through it while using the remaining fingers beneath to form a comfortable, low-stress grip that stabilizes the can.

TimberTech's Whitesand Ornamental Railing System is made from pure wood composite decking material. The shape of the top rail provides a grip for a variety of hand sizes and a flat surface to rest items on. Available in 6- or 8-inch kits, accessories include 4- and 12-inch post covers, a flat-top post cap and solid balusters in 12-inch lengths.

Abbaka introduces Classic, its newest range hood, with Antique Bronze finish. Other colors include Antique Copper, Hammered Aged Copper, Copper Verdigris, and brushed finished copper or brass. The hood's antiquing is done by hand, ensuring the originality of each piece. The Classic design is available in both wall-mounted or free hanging island designs in standard, 36-, 42-, 48-, 54-, 60- and 6...

Spray-in, formaldehyde-free, fast-dry insulation from Johns Manville can help reduce construction defects such as gaps, inadequate cavity-fill and settling and wall cavities that are not completely filled. The fibers of the Spider insulation system are mixed with a non-hazardous adhesive that eliminates the need for netting and speeds up drying schedules.

Diamond blades, for use in high-speed, hand-held and walk-behind saws, can cut hard materials like brick, concrete and cement, and even make quick cuts on asphalt. The HI-5 by Target has aggressive notched segments to grab and grind material and can withstand maximum friction heat without wobbling, ensuring a straight and smooth cut.

Colonial Aluminum ornamental fences and gates by Master Halco offer larger pickets, rails and posts to achieve 8-inch spacing. Assembled using stainless steel fasteners or aluminum pop rivets, the panels are powder-coated for durability. Panels are attached to posts using a bold-through bracket system for added strength, security and a finished look.

The new VertiSpa Hydro Massage Shower System transforms an ordinary bathroom shower into a spa-like hydro massage. An adjustable vertical shower tower connects to the surface of the wall with five body spray jets, while two sliding rails allow the bather to raise or lower the tower according to their own height.

Falcon Foam wall insulation contains recycled content and has high potential for recyclability, making it ideal for construction waste management. The light-weight insulation is easy to hoist, handle and install for labor-saving economy. Contact: 770/952-1442 www.falconfoam.com Circle xxx

Johnson Level & Tool's QuickCount measuring wheel has an extruded aluminum handle and flexible comfort grip. The JL0100 features a 4-inch wheel and can measure up to 1,000 feet, while the JL0200 has an 11½-inch wheel and measures up to 10,000 feet. It collapses to a size that will fit in most tool boxes.

DeckBrite wood cleaner and coating prep by Wolman is now available in a resealable pouch. Ideal for use on pressure-treated wood, plastic/wood composites and weathered cedar and redwood, DeckBrite features an oxygen-activated formula that cleans away ground-in dirt, weathered gray wood, stains from mildew, moss and algae.

Thin-section cementitious polymeric flooring has a wear-resistant finish for both interior and exterior surfaces. Floric Polytech MT-200 Microtopping can be applied by trowel, squeegee or roller, or can be sprayed. It is approximately 3/32 inches thick. The flooring can be applied over a wide range of surfaces, including concrete, brick, metal and masonry, making it ideal for renovations.

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