PR September 2009

August 16, 2010

Features

Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh argues that if remodelers want to get more respect from suppliers and other service providers, they need to be part of an industry that has larger companies so the supply chain will pay attention to them.

Atlantis Outdoor Kitchens definitely know what they're doing with the new bamboo doors and drawer heads for exterior kitchens. You can't beat bamboo for sustainability points. The company says the bamboo used for Atlantis doors and drawer heads was selected at the peak of maturity and strength for ultimate longevity and trouble-free maintenance.

Cool off and kick back underneath Hunter's new Concert Breeze fans. Enjoy your tunes as well — the fans feature a proprietary 2.4 GHz wireless system to deliver music directly to you. The wireless system is compatible with most audio sources, including mp3 players, televisions, stereos and satellite radios.

The Wisconsin faucet masters have done it again: Kohler's new Flipside crams four independent streams into one head. Instead of using filters to adjust the water flow, the Flipside runs the water through a different opening every time the user rotates the head 90 degrees

Benjamin Moore's Natura is a high-performance, zero-VOC paint that is virtually odorless, washable, durable and resistant to fading. The company leveraged its new waterborne technology of the Aura line to create the paint.

Bellaforté roofing tiles use a third less material than traditional synthetic and natural slate shingles, saving resources — like your roofers' backs — and reducing the tile weight. A square of DaVinci's Bellaforté roofing tile weighs just 185 pounds.

ChiselCrete is a unique product developed by Artisan Precast. It has all the benefits precast concrete has to offer, including resistance to weather and climate; sustainability; and the ability to be used as a retaining wall. Artisan Precast uses recycled cementitious material to reduce the amount of cement used and is colored to eliminate the release of VOCs at the job site.

Introducing the industry's first single/double oven that can cook two dishes at two temperatures at the same time — you don't see that every day! The GE Profile 30-inch wall oven makes juggling multiple dishes a breeze. The 30-inch oven has a total capacity of 5 cubic feet, making this wall oven the largest of its kind.

Flexible, durable, corrosion-resistant—you'll get that all with Uponor's Pre-Insulated AquaPex tubing for residential and commercial plumbing applications. The product features all the benefits of Uponor's AquaPex with a layer of ½-inch Pex-foam insulation surrounding the tubing to insulate potable-water lines.

Stucco Level Coat can be used as a level coat to smooth rough cement walls and enhance finish coverage. It's compatible with Parex, LaHabra, El Rey, Teifs and Surewall stucco assemblies.

Latitudes comes in a boxed kit, which includes handrails, balusters, insert rails, trim and hardware for easy installation. It's backed by a 20-year limited warranty.

The energy saving and highly efficient LED lighting provides bright directional light and keeps your eyes cool. The lights feature an extended life light source, warm-white LED light and resistance to vibration, all in a compact size.

Sometimes minimalism just isn't the answer. Wellborn's custom Estate Custom features finished interiors and high-end hardware. The all-wood collection is available in a wide range of door styles, including inset doors. The inset style is available with a non-beaded or beaded inset — it's up to your homeowners to decide.

Forget those bulky predecessors. The Saniswift is a gray water pump that is ideally suitable to use where additional fixtures are most wanted. Made by Saniflo, the unit pumps the effluent upward to 14 feet or 140 feet horizontally (with gravity fall). Once the water is discharged and the water level in the container goes down, the pressure switch deactivates the unit until water enters the unit...

Cut labor costs with a patent-pending snap design and one-piece construction with no external fasteners required. This allows for a quick, one-person installation

The Wicker Park Collection from Gerber includes high-efficiency toilets that use only 1.28 gallons of water per flush versus the industry standard of 1.6. These save the average family a minimum of 20 percent on their annual water use. Another selling point? The Wicker Park bathroom faucets are certified by the EPA's WaterSense program.

Check out this technological advance from Jenn-Air. The company's exclusive duct-free downdraft cooktop offers the industry's quietest ventilation. This latest innovation allows high-rise dwellers and others who are unable to run ductwork or vent smoke outside to take advantage of downdraft ventilation technology.

New code requirements are leading to more Arc Fault Circuit Breaker installations than ever before. Get in the game with Eaton's Plug-On Neutral Loadcenter and Circuit Breaker. It enables a fast, efficient installation by eliminating the neutral pigtail. Simply connect the load wires and plug the breaker onto the neutral bar.

Great for new or existing structures, Tru-Brix cladding is a lightweight thin-brick system that can replace vinyl, wood or aluminum siding

The latest in kitchen technology starts with induction cooking. Fagor's new induction cooktops are equipped with sleek touch controls and are easy to operate. Twelve cooking settings and three quick launch commands allow you to select a low, medium or high temperature with a simple touch. Power varies from 50 watts to 3,600 watts for premium cooking performance.

Made with a spacious interior, Dacor's new Energy-Star-qualified Epicure and Integrated Freestanding French Door Cabinet-Depth Refrigerators brilliantly merge accessibility and functionality.

The Smart Rais 60 insert fireplace can sure cook. It's made to fit almost any open fireplace and has a flat, streamlined look. The Rais 60 insert is equipped with the unique air-cooled hollow handle, and for energy-efficient homes or compact living spaces, the air-supply system is available as an option.

The roofing material features granules that reflect solar energy and radiate heat far better than traditional asphalt roofing material

Offering numerous mix-and-match options, Sonia's Versatile Collection of modular furniture collection can be created by pairing a frame with a console and countertop. The Versatile Collection's console box unit features multi-layer, 100 percent water-resistant, marine-grade wood. Homeowners can choose glass panels featuring several color options or a graphic motif.

ComfortGuard features two specially engineered gypsum panels — each including a mold- and moisture-resistant core and facers — laminated using a viscoelastic polymer. The pliable adhesive between its two rigid panels effectively interrupts the transmission of noise vibrations through partition assemblies.

These Occupancy and Vacancy Sensors from Pass and Seymour feature fixed time delays, eliminating the need for the homeowner to make adjustments. For those who desire more flexibility, there's a model with an adjustable time delay and ambient light sensing. All models have 180-degree, 600-square-foot coverage.

Slate is popular as a roofing material, but it can get pricey quickly. GAF-Elk has a cure in its TruSlate roofing. The shingles are easy-to-install and are offered in five colors

Debuted at the 2009 International Builders' Show, Serious Materials' EcoRock green drywall uses 80 percent less energy in its production than most other drywall. EcoRock also uses 85 percent post-industrial recycled content and is fully recyclable

Go ahead, try and scratch it — you won't get far! Wilsonart's Aeon option is a high-pressure decorative laminate comprising layers of resin-treated papers, which are processed under high heat and smooshed together to create a strong, flexible decorative surface. Aeon Enhanced Performance is standard now on all Wilsonart HD and most Wilsonart Premium designs.

Check out the first pellet fireplace ever to hit the market. Quadra-Fire's Edge 60 is specifically designed for supplemental home heating. This little doozy can crank out 60,000 BTUs of heat per hour—that's enough to warm 2,500 square feet of living space. It can hold 120 pounds of pellets for up to seven days of continuous operation.

Mastic Home Exteriors is available in a double 4½-inch dutchlap panel; double 4- and 5-inch traditional panels; and a Triple 3-inch traditional panel

Amtico recently introduced the Tropical Woods line, a resilient flooring collection that provides the look of exotic woods that are endangered without affecting the rainforest. The collection's binders and finishes are low-VOC, third-party-certified and include a 100 percent recycled backing. The Tigerwood is shown.

This quiet and ultra-efficient washer/dryer will make the competition seem that much noisier. The Nexxt Laundry system by Bosch is now made with the company's exclusive AquaStop leak protection feature, so you can install these bad boys on the top floor

Simplicity is key to Protecto Wrap's Peel & Heat Complete system. The kit includes pre-wired heating panels to easily connect electrically to a wall-mounted thermostat. The protective anti-fracture membrane and heat panels are installed in an easy peel-and-stick method.

There's a new profile to check out: StoneCraft's new DutchCraft veneers. Say goodbye to ho-hum patterns. Stone sizes are 8 inches high with widths of 18, 24 and 30 inches

It's a heck of a thing to have your faucets dance for you, and you'll get it with Toto's GyroSteam. The system brings a water flow through nozzles on two different axes that tilt and rotate, resulting in greater and more consistent water distribution

The new Alno Starline features a continuous case channel in the same color as the door and drawer fronts, giving the illusion of a cleaner, more minimalist kitchen. The company debuted high-gloss lacquers and interesting wood grain patterns for its cabinet fronts

Z-Wave-compatible devices are great. Getting them all to talk and play nice, however, is another thing. The Wayne-Dalton thermostat is the only thermostat today that is fully compatible with every Z-Wave remote in the marketplace, including more than 90 percent of existing HVAC units found in homes today.

TimberTech's DeckLites are stylish contemporary fittings offering discreet illumination. The lights come in five colors and are great for ambient and underwater lighting as well.

Homeowners want smaller footprints, so you're going to have to squeeze some square footage wherever you can. Studio Becker has a solution: its Concealed Elevation System. The motorized storage component allows small appliances and miscellanies to rise or fall from under a countertop to conceal or reveal the full kitchen.

There are an impressive 60 configurations in Dornbracht's Supernova line. Designed with unique style and options, the line includes a waterfall tub filler and striking wall-mounted faucets with cubed handles. The deck-mounted version sports lever handles crafted with precise intersecting angles. A Champagne finish is also offered.

Redesigned from the inside out and re-engineered to meet the power needs of any home, the five new models of liquid-cooled automatic standby power generators by Generac offers protection and security during weather-related blackouts or brownouts. These liquid-cooled models have outputs ranging from 22 to 60 kilowatts.

Billed as "the biggest advancement in cellular PVC trim technology," Azek's Edge uses the company's technology that creates boards that are uniformly finished on all four sides

The custom-size cabinet is inserted into the interior of the wall and features a brush finish on all exposed surfaces

Give your homeowners some peace of mind with Everpure's ViruPure. The single-canister system has a generous 500-gallon capacity of filtration, which will typically last a family of four more than a year. The cutting-edge product removes more than 99 percent of viruses, bacteria and cysts down to a first-ever .

Siemens expanded its full residential line of Combination Type Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (CAFCIs) to include a 2-pole Combination Type AFCI. The new 2-pole device enables contractors to use multi-wire branch circuits.

Introducing a surprisingly lightweight self-adhesive, modified bituminous roofing underlayment. It's reinforced with a heavy weight fiberglass mat for use under tile, slate and asphalt shingles. Glass fiber reinforcement on the upper surface provides enhanced skid resistant properties.

The Volant ushers in a new era of comfort and safety in the field of home elevation. It is ThyssenKrupp Access' first home elevator that uses gearless motor technology, affording the user a quiet, smooth and stable ride and safe, environmentally friendly amenities

You'll dig the flush-finish look you can achieve with Blanco's MicroEdge sinks. This top-mount sink can be installed using regular mounting clips or in an undermount configuration. It's made in medium-single and super-single sizes and also comes as a double-bowl sink.

Every system arrives equipped with all the components needed to complete the installation, including a heat exchanger tank, collector panels, a controller and multi-speed pump.

You have to admit recycled oak flooring is a pretty cool source material. Alside's Revolution composite siding blends natural wood ingredients with structural polymers (½ virgin material and ½ recycled content) to give new homes and remodeling projects a durable finish. The siding also has a top layer polymer finish, PermaFinish, which resists the harshest weather.

Century Architectural Specialties recently added 35 new crown and cornice molding additions to its versatile line. Each of the new patterns is available in a 14-foot length. Use the new styles to add some spice to an otherwise dishwater dull room

The new ioDigital shower system from Moen has an innovative, easy-to-use interface that gives homeowners the ability to set and maintain water temperature and flow with electronic precision. The technology is powered by an electronic valve that manages the hot and cold water. The valve can be located up to 30 feet from the bathroom for easy installation.

OWLink's transparent DLI Fiber optic cable for HD installation for digital home networking represents a great technological improvement for the industry. The cables eliminate unsightly coax cables and cords, so you can place A/V equipment in the most convenient locations without opening walls, ceilings or floors to run cable.

A.E.R.T.'s unique manufacturing process encapsulates recycled wood fibers in recycled polyethylene plastic, making the company's LifeCycle composite fencing impervious to moisture and insect damage. You can pick it up in a residential-grade design in ½-by-5½-inch profile and a commercial grade design in ¾-by-55½-inch profile.

Thermador's sleek electric and gas cooktops are the first in the U.S. to utilize advanced infrared sensor technology to take the guesswork out of cooking, which brings precise results and saves time. The cooktops feature the company's next-generation, patented Star Burners and sport a unique retractable sensor dial that uses an infrared beam to continuously measure heat from the cookware.

It's all about versatility when it comes to renowned designer Fu-Tung Cheng and his new Eements line of cabinetry made by Tonusa. These modern cabinetry offerings feature eco- and home-friendly elements as FSC-certified Plyboo bamboo doors, soft-close hinges, 3-form resin sliding panels and recycled aluminum fixtures.

It's not every day you find a compact tankless water heater suitable for both heavy residential and light commercial applications. Takagi's T-K3-Pro, which features a thermal rating of 84 percent for liquid propane and 82 percent for natural gas, starts heating water at ½ a gallon per minute but can generate an unlimited supply of hot water at a maximum flow rate of 7 GPMs.

Decra emulates the classic beauty and architectural detail of a heavy-cut rustic wood shake with the new ShakeXD line. The roofing is made of corrosion-resistant aluminum-zinc alloy coated steel with an acrylic bonded stone chip finish

Take your interiors on a long-overdue vacation with Kirei Coco Tiles. Made from reclaimed coconut shells, low-VOC resins and sustainably harvested wood backer, Kirei's eco-friendly design materials can be used as decorative tiles or horizontal and vertical panels. The line sports multiple patterns and color combinations and is highly textured.

Chosen for its versatility, ACP's new line of decorative wall panels are available in 4-foot by 8-foot sheets and can be used for wainscot, interior wall panels and even diamond plate for the garage. The panels are an extension of the company's Facade line of ceiling and backsplash panels. They are available in 19 unique finishes and seven embossed designs.

Green Glue is a viscoelastic compound used between layers of standard drywall to ensure best-in-class soundproofing at the lowest cost, so it won't matter to your homeowners if a jam band lives across the street. Green Glue dramatically improves sound isolation and significantly lessens impact noise and structure-borne sound transmission.

Belgard takes a page out of the history books with the new Old World pavers. After years of researching, digitally scanning and imaging European cobble stones, Belgard developed three specially designed sizes that fit in a linear pattern, producing a natural look and finish.

Simple. Contemporary. Cool. Armstrong's Calibra Cabinets feature a contemporary slab door style in solid Plantation Hardwood. This sleek door gives builders, remodelers and designers a completely new design option. Unique edges on all four sides of the doors and drawers combined with full overlay cabinetry styling make the simple doors elegant.

The industry's first 72-inch counter-depth French door refrigerator is huge, yet it fits in standard cutouts to create a more integrated look and provide more storage space. We wouldn't put it in a studio apartment, but elsewhere it won't hog all the good real-estate! The French door style features the first single-hand interior water dispenser by KitchenAid.

What do you get if you use a blended concrete mix containing 50 percent recycled materials and divert landfill waste? Quikrete's Green Concrete mix. In addition to the eco-friendly formula, the material, per bag, achieves a compressive strength of 3,500 psi in 28 days and meets the performance requirements of ASTM C 387.

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